March 7, 2003

Honor for Kurz
Seabulk International, Inc. today announced that Gerhard E. Kurz, its Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, would receive the prestigious International Golden Compass Award at a gala dinner benefiting Seafarers' House of Port Everglades on Saturday, April 5, 2003. The award is given annually by Seafarers' House to a member of the maritime community who, by example and leadership, personifies the ideals of ecumenical service that define the mission of Seafarers' House.
Jean Fitzgerald, a former Chairman of the company and currently a private consultant, is Honorary Chair of the dinner. Michael Y. Hopkins, Vice President of Crowley Liner Services and President of the Port Everglades Association, is Chairman of the Dinner Committee. Emceeing the event for the third consecutive year is Kristi Krueger, an award-winning medical reporter and well-known news anchor of WPLG/Channel 10.

The black-tie event will take place at the Radisson Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale.

Kurz has led Seabulk since April 2000 and is widely recognized in the international maritime community. He formerly served as President of Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company, where he had a 35-year career. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in recognition of his leadership role in the industry and his efforts on behalf of mariners and maritime quality and safety. Among these are the Seamen's Church Institute Silver Bell Award, the International Maritime Hall of Fame Award, and the U.S. Coast Guard Award and Medal for Meritorious Public Service.

Previous recipients of the International Golden Compass Award include the late Hans J. Hvide, founder of Hvide Marine (the predecessor company to Seabulk International); John Bowers, President of the International Longshoremen's Association; A. Kirk Lanterman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Line; Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crowley Maritime Corporation; Cliff Berry, Sr., founder of Cliff Berry, Inc.; and jointly Alan Kehrer, Director of Cruise Marketing for Port Everglades and the late Carl Thorsen of Eller & Company.

Seafarers' House at Port Everglades is a multifaith cooperation whose mission is to improve the lives of seafarers and their families through ecumenical service. It is open every day of the year and provides a host of services including low-cost international phone calls, free local transportation, Internet access, recreational facilities, a chapel and counseling services. It receives more than 150,000 visits annually.

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