Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Secunda has new owners

Burin Sea and Trinity Sea at pier 9 for winter refits (2012-01-13)

The former Secunda Marine Services of Dartmouth has new owners. Founded in Dartmouth, it was sold in 2007 to McDermott International, but has now been repatriated to Canadian ownership by Birch Hill Equity Partners LP of Toronto.

Renamed Secunda Canada LP, the company will own ten platform supply/anchor handling/ tug/ standby vessels. A further four ships were not in the deal and will remain with McDermott. McDermott is engaged in offshore construction and will keep Agile, Bold Endurance, Emerald Sea and Thebaud Sea. [the latter would qualify as a Jones Act vessel since it was built in the US.]

Each of the remaining Secunda vessels has been re-egistered from McDermott Canada Ltd to single ship Nova Scotia numbered companies. These are: Acadian Sea, Burin Sea, Hebron Sea, Mariner Sea, Panuke Sea, Sable Sea, Trinity Sea, Ryan Leet, Venture Sea, and Intrepid Sea. The first of these is not registered in Canada and the latter is an un-refitted former Russian supplier, lying at pier 9 C.

Press reports indicate that the company will concentrate on offshore Atlantic Canada, while previously, under McDermott, they operated world-wide.



  1. Good to see the tugs again under Canadian flag.

    John van der Doe
    Fergus, ON.

  2. Hi Mac,

    I am a regular follower of your blogs, checking a few times a day for updates; your mass of knowledge is impressive!

    A friend of mine did a work term with Secunda a couple years ago and said at that point Hebron Sea was nearing the end of her career and that she would be sold when her contract expired. Now she isn't included on the revamped Secunda website. Safe to say she will be sold or already has been?

    Also, have you seen what McDermott has done to the Thebauld Sea and Agile? They look quite different now.


  3. Hebron Sea blew up an engine in the fall of 2010 while still on contract with Encana. Mariner Sea was brought in to cover for the short remainder of the contract. Hebron Sea steamed to Pictou on one engine and will not be fixed as it was for sale and deemed too expensive.