New Joint Venture Firm Formed For Marine Pollution Control Services

Ecomarine USA and OMI Petrolink Corp. have formed a joint venture, Ecomarine Gulf, to provide advanced technology and services for marine pollution control, oil spill response, and marine monitoring and mapping in the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico.

Based in Houston, Texas, Ecomarine Gulf will provide government agencies and businesses in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, with services of state-ofthe- art, multi-mission environmental vessels—the ECO-110 and the ECO-800. These craft are designed to constantly monitor and control water pollution and to quickly remove floating debris and clean up oil and other chemical spills.

In announcing the joint venture, William S. Doyle, managing director of Ecomarine USA, said, "Nowhere in the country are people more concerned about preserving our precious waterways than in the area around the Gulf of Mexico. We are very excited about having the opp o r t u n i t y to offer Ecomarine's unique environmental services to the region through our joint venture with Petrolink." Ecomarine Gulfs management team will be headed by Winthrop A. Wyman, chief executive officer of Petrolink, and Thomas J. Johnson, formerly manager of special projects for Zapata Gulf Marine Corporation.

Based in Houston, OMI Petrolink Corp. was formed to engage in the offshore transfer and lighterage of crude oil from large, deep-draft tankers into vessels of appropriate draft to enter U.S. ports for delivery to refineries and terminals. The company is a subsidiary of OMI Corporation, a major shipping concern based in New York City.

Ecomarine USA is a joint venture of OMI; Ecoventures Inc., a holding company headed by Maxwell A.

Rabb, the former U.S. Ambassador to Italy; and Ecolmare Spa of Sorrento, Italy, a leading provider of technologically advanced marineecology services for government and industry.

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