Torch Appoints New VP of International Business Development

Torch Offshore announced that Patrice Chemin has joined the Company's management team as the Vice President - International Business Development. Mr. Chemin previously served as the President of Torch Offshore, L.L.C. (predecessor to Torch Offshore, Inc.) from December 1997 through August 2000. Mr. Chemin will be located in the Company's deepwater office in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Chemin has extensive experience in marine construction sales and over thirty years of experience in the global oil and natural gas industry. Since leaving the Company in 2000, Mr. Chemin has been employed by CCC of Athens, Greece, one of the largest construction companies in the world. He was in charge of both upstream and downstream African business development for CCC's Oil and Gas Division. In addition, Mr. Chemin has held various management positions both domestically and globally, including positions in Asia, Indonesia, Norway, Africa, Scotland and the Middle East.

Lyle G. Stockstill, Torch Offshore Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are excited to have Patrice join our management team as he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Company. Patrice will be responsible for marketing our deepwater vessels to customers throughout the world, especially the Midnight Express and the Midnight Wrangler. The timing of Patrice joining the Company is perfect, as the Midnight Wrangler has just entered our active fleet and the Midnight Express will be ready for work in mid-2004. The marketing of these vessels throughout the world is critical to the success of the Company."