January 18, 2006
Rigdon Marine gets Bourbon help for further newbuildings
Rigdon Marine Corporation today announced the completion of a series of financial transactions which it says will strategically position the company for future growth. It also announced that it has a firm contract with "a major Louisiana shipbuilder" (Bollinger) for a new series of 10 vessels.
Rigdon Marine Corporation recently signed a $170 million Credit Facility with a group of European banks led by DVB Bank and secured $30 million in equity investment.
The newly restructured Rigdon Marine Corporation says that it has replaced its original financial capitalization for the recently completed GPA 640 series of 10 technically advanced platform support vessels and has obtained additional financing for a new series of 10 vessels, which it has on a firm contract with a major Louisiana shipbuilder.
Vessel construction for the new GPA 654 Class of platform support vessels is expected to be completed in the fall of 2008, and new boats will double the company's operational fleet.
"The success of our initial fleet of ten diesel-electric platform support vessels, designed by Guido Perla & Associates, has given the company the capability of attracting investment capital and attractive long-term debt financing," stated Larry T. Rigdon, President and CEO of Rigdon Marine Corporation. "Furthermore, our organization is committed to the redevelopment of the State of Louisiana. Our operations department will remain in the State, and we will construct our next ten vessels in the State."
Rigdon Marine Corporation is a closely held private company, with vessel operations based in Saint Rose, Louisiana, and executive offices in Houston, Texas.