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United States
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K
ANNUAL REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
(Mark One)
ý
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017
OR
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from              to             
Commission file number 1-12289
SEACOR Holdings Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
Delaware
 
13-3542736
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
2200 Eller Drive, P.O. Box 13038,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
 
33316
(Address of Principal Executive Office)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (954) 523-2200
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each Class
 
Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, par value $.01 per share
 
New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None
(Title of Class)
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. ý  Yes    ¨  No
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. ¨  Yes    ý  No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. ý  Yes    ¨  No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). ý  Yes    ¨  No
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” and “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer x
 
Accelerated filer o
 
Non-accelerated filer o
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 
Smaller reporting company o
 
Emerging growth company o
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). ¨  Yes    ý  No
The aggregate market value of the voting stock of the registrant held by non-affiliates as of June 30, 2017 was approximately $560,389,661 based on the closing price on the New York Stock Exchange on such date. The total number of shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding as of February 23, 2018 was 17,943,211.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the Registrant’s definitive proxy statement for its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the Registrant’s last fiscal year is incorporated by reference into Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.




SEACOR HOLDINGS INC.
FORM 10-K
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
 
PART I
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1A.
 
 
 
Item 1B.
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
Item 3.
 
 
 
Item 4.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PART II
 
 
 
 
Item 5.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 6.
 
 
 
Item 7.
 
 
 

i


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 7A.
 
 
 
Item 8.
 
 
 
Item 9.
 
 
 
Item 9A.
 
 
 
Item 9B.
 
 
 
 
PART III
 
 
 
 
Item 10.
 
 
 
Item 11.
 
 
 
Item 12.
 
 
 
Item 13.
 
 
 
Item 14.
 
 
 
 
PART IV
 
 
 
 
Item 15.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain statements discussed in Item 1. (Business), Item 1A. (Risk Factors), Item 3. (Legal Proceedings), Item 7. (Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations), Item 7A. (Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk) and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as in other materials and oral statements that the Company releases from time to time to the public constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements concern management’s expectations, strategic objectives, business prospects, anticipated economic performance and financial condition and other similar matters and involve significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Certain of these risks, uncertainties and other important factors are discussed in Item 1A. (Risk Factors) and Item 7. (Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations). However, it should be understood that it is not possible to identify or predict all such risks and other factors that could affect these forward looking statements. In addition, these statements constitute the Company’s cautionary statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “believe,” “plan,” “target,” “forecast” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the document in which they are made. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to provide any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which the forward-looking statement is based. It is advisable, however, to consult any further disclosures the Company makes on related subjects in its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
PART I
ITEM 1.    BUSINESS
General
Unless the context indicates otherwise, the terms “we,” “our,” “ours,” “us” and the “Company” refer to SEACOR Holdings Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries. “SEACOR” refers to SEACOR Holdings Inc., incorporated in 1989 in Delaware, without its subsidiaries. “Common Stock” refers to the common stock, par value $.01 per share, of SEACOR. The Company’s fiscal year ended on December 31, 2017.
SEACOR’s principal executive office is located at 2200 Eller Drive, P.O. Box 13038, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316, and its telephone number is (954) 523-2200. SEACOR’s website address is www.seacorholdings.com. Any reference to SEACOR’s website is not intended to incorporate the information on the website into this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
The Company’s corporate governance documents, including the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee charters are available, free of charge, on SEACOR’s website or in print for stockholders.
All of the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) pursuant to Section 13(a), 14 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, are available, free of charge, on SEACOR’s website, including its Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, Proxy Statements and any amendments to those reports. These reports and amendments are available on SEACOR’s website as soon as reasonably practicable after the Company electronically files the reports or amendments with the SEC. They are also available at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Information as to the operation of the SEC’s Public Reference Room can be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains a website (www.sec.gov) that contains these reports, proxy and information statements and other information.
Segment Information
SEACOR is a diversified holding company with interests in domestic and international transportation and logistics and risk management consultancy. The Company conducts its activities in the following reporting segments:
Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services (formerly Shipping Services)
Inland Transportation & Logistics Services (formerly Inland River Services)
Witt O’Brien’s
Other

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Discontinued Operations
On June 1, 2017, the Company completed the spin-off of SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. (“SEACOR Marine”), the company that operated SEACOR’s Offshore Marine Services business segment (the “Spin-off” or the “SMHI Spin-off”), by means of a dividend of all the issued and outstanding common stock of SEACOR Marine to SEACOR’s shareholders. Prior to the Spin-off, SEACOR and SEACOR Marine entered into a Distribution Agreement and other agreements that govern the post-Spin-off relationship between SEACOR and SEACOR Marine. For all periods presented herein, the Company has reported the historical financial position, results of operations and cash flows of SEACOR Marine as discontinued operations.
On July 3, 2017, the Company completed the sale of its 70% interest in Illinois Corn Processing LLC (“ICP”), the company that operated SEACOR’s Illinois Corn Processing business segment. For all periods presented herein, the Company has reported the historical financial position, results of operations and cash flows of ICP as discontinued operations.
Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services
Business
Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services (“Ocean Services”) owns and operates a diversified fleet of marine transportation, towing and bunkering assets, including U.S. coastwise eligible vessels and vessels trading internationally. Ocean Services has a 51% controlling interest in certain subsidiaries (collectively “SEA-Vista”) that operate U.S.-flag petroleum and chemical carriers servicing the U.S. coastwise crude oil, petroleum products and chemical trades. Ocean Services has a wholly owned harbor and offshore towing subsidiary assisting deep-sea vessels docking in U.S. Gulf and East Coast ports, providing ocean towing services between U.S. ports and providing oil terminal support and bunkering operations in St. Eustatius and the Bahamas. Additional services include U.S. coastwise trading dry bulk vessels, U.S.-flag Pure Car/Truck Carriers (“PCTCs”) operating globally under the U.S. Maritime Security Program (“MSP”) and liner, short-sea, rail car and project cargo transportation and logistics solutions to and from ports in the Southeastern United States, the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), the Bahamas and Mexico. Ocean Services also provides technical ship management services for third-party vessel owners. Ocean Services contributed 61%, 52% and 44% of consolidated operating revenues during the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
For a discussion of risk and economic factors that may impact Ocean Services’ financial position and its results of operations, see “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and “Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services” in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

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Equipment, Services and Markets
The following tables identify the types of equipment that comprise Ocean Services' fleet as of December 31 for the indicated years. “Owned” are majority owned and controlled by Ocean Services, including SEA-Vista. “Leased-in” may either be equipment contracted from leasing companies to which Ocean Services may have sold such equipment or equipment chartered-in from third parties. “Joint Ventured” are owned by entities in which Ocean Services does not have a controlling interest.
 
Owned
 
Leased-in
 
Joint Ventured
 
Total
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Petroleum Transportation:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Petroleum and chemical carriers - U.S.-flag
8

 
3

 

 
11

Harbor, Ocean Towing and Bunkering:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harbor tugs - U.S.-flag
15

 
8

 

 
23

Harbor tugs - Foreign-flag
6

 

 
2

 
8

Offshore tugs - U.S.-flag
1

 

 

 
1

Ocean liquid tank barges - U.S.-flag
5

 

 

 
5

Ocean liquid tank barges - Foreign-flag

 

 
1

 
1

PCTC, Liner and Short-Sea Transportation:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PCTC(2) - U.S.-flag

 
4

 

 
4

Short-sea container/RORO(1) vessels - Foreign-flag
7

 

 

 
7

RORO(1) & deck barges - U.S.-flag

 

 
7

 
7

Rail ferries - Foreign-flag

 

 
2

 
2

Dry Bulk Transportation:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulk carriers - U.S.-flag
2

 

 

 
2

 
44

 
15

 
12

 
71

2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Petroleum Transportation:
 
 
 
 
 
 

Petroleum and chemical carriers - U.S.-flag
6

 
3

 

 
9

Harbor, Ocean Towing and Bunkering:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harbor tugs - U.S.-flag
14

 
9

 

 
23

Harbor tugs - Foreign-flag
4

 

 

 
4

Offshore tugs - U.S.-flag
1

 

 

 
1

Ocean liquid tank barges - U.S.-flag
5

 

 

 
5

PCTC, Liner and Short-Sea Transportation:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short-sea container/RORO(1) vessels - Foreign-flag
7

 

 

 
7

RORO(1) & deck barges - U.S.-flag

 

 
7

 
7

Dry Bulk Transportation:

 

 

 

Dry bulk articulated tug-barge - U.S.-flag

 

 
1

 
1

 
37

 
12

 
8

 
57

2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Petroleum Transportation:
 
 
 
 
 
 

Petroleum and chemical carriers - U.S.-flag
4

 
3

 
1

 
8

Harbor, Ocean Towing and Bunkering:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harbor tugs - U.S.-flag
15

 
9

 

 
24

Harbor tugs - Foreign-flag
4

 

 

 
4

Offshore tugs - U.S.-flag

 

 
1

 
1

Ocean liquid tank barges - U.S.-flag
5

 

 

 
5

PCTC, Liner and Short-Sea Transportation:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short-sea container/RORO(1) vessels - Foreign-flag
7

 

 

 
7

RORO(1) & deck barges - U.S.-flag

 

 
7

 
7

Dry Bulk Transportation:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dry bulk articulated tug-barge - U.S.-flag

 

 
1

 
1

 
35

 
12

 
10

 
57

______________________
(1)
Roll On/Roll Off.
(2)
Pure Car/Truck Carrier.

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Petroleum Transportation. In the U.S. coastwise petroleum and chemical carrier trade, Ocean Services’ oceangoing vessels transport crude oil, petroleum products and chemicals primarily from production areas, refineries and storage facilities along the coast of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to refineries, utilities, waterfront industrial facilities and distribution facilities along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Through its 51% controlling interest in SEA-Vista, Ocean Services operates a fleet of owned and leased-in U.S.-flag petroleum and chemical carriers servicing this trade, which as of December 31, 2017 included the following vessels:
Name of Vessel
Year of Build
 
Capacity
in barrels
 
Tonnage
in  “dwt”(1)
Seabulk Trader
1981
 
294,000

 
48,700

Seabulk Challenge
1981
 
294,000

 
48,700

Seabulk Arctic
1998
 
340,000

 
46,000

Mississippi Voyager(2)
1998
 
340,000

 
46,000

Florida Voyager(2)(3)
1998
 
340,000

 
46,000

Brenton Reef
1999
 
341,000

 
45,000

Oregon Voyager(2)(3)
1999
 
341,000

 
45,000

Independence
2016
 
330,000

 
49,000

Constitution
2016
 
330,000

 
49,000

Sea-Power/Sea-Chem I(4)
2016
 
185,000

 
29,999

Texas Voyager(2)(3)
2017
 
330,000

 
49,000

______________________
(1)
Deadweight tons or “dwt.”
(2)
Operating under long-term bareboat charter with a customer.
(3)
Leased-in vessel.
(4)
Articulated tug-barge.
Harbor, Ocean Towing and Bunkering Services. In the harbor towing trade, harbor tugs operate alongside oceangoing vessels to escort vessels to their berth, assist in docking and undocking, and escort them back out to sea. As of December 31, 2017, Ocean Services’ U.S.-flag harbor tugs were operating in various ports including three in Port Everglades, Florida, one in Port Miami, Florida, five in the Port of Tampa, Florida, two in Port Canaveral, Florida, six in Port Arthur, Texas, three in Mobile, Alabama and three in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Ocean Services also provides bunkering (fueling) services to ships operating in the Caribbean Sea, more specifically in St. Eustatius and vessels calling in the Bahamas. Bunkering activities typically include one tug and one ocean liquid tank barge mooring alongside a docked or anchored vessel and transferring fuel oil. The Company operates four foreign-flag harbor tugs in Freeport, Grand Bahama supporting terminal and bunkering operations and leases out four foreign-flag harbor tugs and five U.S.-flag ocean liquid tank barges to a bunkering operator in St. Eustatius. Offshore towing activities include the long haul towing of ocean barges, dead ships and other large floating equipment requiring auxiliary power.
As of December 31, 2017, Ocean Services had two U.S.-flag harbor tugs under construction scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.

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PCTC, Liner and Short-Sea Transportation. In the PCTC, liner and short-sea transportation trade, PCTCs, RORO barges, deck barges, small RORO and container vessels and specialized rail ferries provide unit freight and general cargo transportation services. These services include transporting shipping containers, rail cars, project cargoes, automobiles and U.S. military vehicles. PCTCs generally handle cargo moving to and from the United States and international destinations, including Europe, the Middle East and western Pacific ports (including ports in Guam, Japan and South Korea). Liner and short-sea transportation vessels are engaged in services to and from ports in the Southeastern United States, the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), the Bahamas and Mexico. Equipment operated in the Puerto Rico liner trade is through Ocean Services’ 55% noncontrolling interest in Trailer Bridge, Inc. (“Trailer Bridge”). The rail ferry equipment operates between Alabama and Mexico through Ocean Services’ 50% noncontrolling interest in Golfo de Mexico Rail-Ferry Holdings LLC (“Golfo de Mexico”). As of December 31, 2017, Ocean Services’ fleet of owned and leased-in equipment servicing this trade included the following vessels:
 
 
 
Capacity
 
 
Name of Vessel
Year of Build
 
TEU(1)
 
CEU(2)
 
Tonnage
in  “dwt”(3)
PCTCs:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Green Ridge(4) - U.S.-flag
1998
 
n/a
 
6,000

 
21,523

Green Lake(4) - U.S.-flag
1998
 
n/a
 
5,980

 
22,799

Green Cove(4) - U.S.-flag
1999
 
n/a
 
5,980

 
22,747

Green Bay(4) - U.S.-flag
2007
 
n/a
 
6,400

 
18,090

Short-sea Container/RORO Vessels:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bahamas Express - Foreign-flag
2010
 
46
 
n/a
 
648

Cape Express - Foreign-flag
2008
 
46
 
n/a
 
684

Caribbean Express I - Foreign-flag
2000
 
46
 
n/a
 
648

Emerald Express - Foreign-flag
2001
 
46
 
n/a
 
648

Transport Express - Foreign-flag
2000
 
86
 
n/a
 
1,984

Sea Express II - Foreign-flag
2006
 
46
 
n/a
 
648

Pelagic Express - Foreign-flag
2008
 
128
 
n/a
 
2,778

______________________
(1)
Twenty-foot equivalent unit.
(2)
Car equivalent unit.
(3)
Deadweight tons or “dwt.”
(4)
Leased-in vessel.
As of December 31, 2017, Ocean Services had two vessels undergoing dry-dockings and improvements scheduled to be placed in the liner and short-sea transportation service during the first quarter of 2018.
Dry Bulk Transportation. Ocean Services owns and operates two U.S.-flag dry bulk carriers of approximately 37,000 dwt each, pursuant to contracts of affreightment and voyage charters. These vessels service the coal, petroleum coke, finished fertilizer and phosphate rock trades within the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and U.S. East Coast ports.
Customers and Contractual Arrangements
The primary customers for petroleum and chemical transportation services are multinational oil companies, refining companies, major gasoline retailers, oil trading companies and large industrial consumers of crude, petroleum and chemicals. Services are generally contracted on the basis of short-term or long-term time charters, bareboat charters, voyage charters and contracts of affreightment or other transportation agreements tailored to the shipper's requirements.
The primary customers for harbor, ocean towing and bunkering services are vessel owners and charterers, which are typically industrial companies, trading houses and shipping companies and pools. Services are contracted using prevailing port tariff terms on a per-use basis.
The primary customers for PCTC services are automobile shippers and in certain circumstances automobile manufacturers or auto dealerships directly, and the U.S. Government. Services to these customers are generally contracted on the basis of short or long-term time charter or on a liner basis. Services for the U.S. Government are generally contracted on a voyage charter or liner basis in accordance with a master services agreement.
The primary customers for liner and short-sea transportation (unit freight) services are individuals and businesses shipping goods and parcels between ports in the Southeastern United States, the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), the Bahamas and Mexico. Unit freight services are generally contracted on a per unit basis for the specified cargo and destination, typically in accordance with a publicly available tariff rate or based on a negotiated rate when moving larger volume over an extended period.

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The primary customers for dry bulk transportation services are regional power utilities requiring waterborne coal and petroleum coke transportation and large fertilizer producers moving Florida sourced products into the lower Mississippi River. Dry bulk services are generally contracted under multi-year contracts of affreightment and voyage charters.
Ocean Services also provides technical ship management services to ship owners.
In 2017, no single customer of Ocean Services accounted for 10% or more of consolidated operating revenues. The ten largest customers of Ocean Services accounted for approximately 63% of its operating revenues in 2017. The loss of one or more of these customers could have a material adverse effect on Ocean Services’ results of operations.
Under a time charter, Ocean Services provides a vessel to a customer and is responsible for all operating expenses, typically excluding fuel and port charges. Under a bareboat charter, Ocean Services provides a vessel to a customer and the customer assumes responsibility for all operating expenses and risks of operation. Vessel charters may range from several days to several years. Contracts of affreightment are contracts for cargoes that are committed on a multi-voyage basis for various periods of time, with minimum and maximum cargo tonnages specified over the period at a fixed or escalating rate per ton. Voyage charters are contracts to carry cargoes on a single voyage basis regardless of time to complete.
Competitive Conditions
Each of the markets in which Ocean Services operates is highly competitive including the U.S. “Jones Act” coastwise market, even though participation in the trade is not open to foreign-based competition. The most important competitive factors are pricing, vessel age, vessel type and vessel availability to fit customer requirements and delivery schedule.
The primary direct competitors for Jones Act petroleum and chemical transportation services are other operators of Jones Act petroleum and chemical carriers, operators of refined product and crude pipelines, railroads and foreign-flag vessels delivering foreign sourced petroleum and chemicals to U.S. ports.
The primary direct competitors for Jones Act harbor, ocean towing and bunkering are other operators of Jones Act U.S.-flagged harbor tugs and bunkering barges.
The primary direct competitors for PCTC services are other operators of PCTCs, U.S.-flag cargo vessels eligible for the MSP subsidy and other vessels controlled by the U.S. government via the Military Sealift Command including the ready reserve fleet.
The primary direct competitors for liner and short-sea transportation are other operators of cargo vessels trading between ports in the Southeastern United States, the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), the Bahamas and Mexico.
The rail ferry services primarily competes with railroad operators offering overland connections between Central and Southeastern Mexico and the United States.
The primary direct competitors for Jones Act dry bulk transportation are other operators of Jones Act dry bulk carriers and railroad operators.
Risks of Foreign Operations
For the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, 20%, 21% and 15%, respectively, of Ocean Services’ operating revenues were derived from its foreign operations. For the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, Ocean Services’ equity in earnings (losses) of 50% or less owned companies, net of tax, derived from its foreign operations were not material. For the year ended December 31, 2015, $22.2 million of Ocean Services’ equity in losses of 50% or less owned companies, net of tax, were derived from its foreign operations.
Foreign operations are subject to inherent risks, which, if they materialize, could have a material adverse effect on Ocean Services’ financial position and its results of operations. See the risk factor entitled “Risks from Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services’ international operations” in “Item 1A. Risk Factors.”

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Inland Transportation & Logistics Services
Business
Inland Transportation & Logistics Services (“Inland Services”) markets and operates domestic river transportation equipment, and owns fleeting and high-speed multi-modal terminal locations adjacent to and along the U.S. Inland waterways, at this time primarily in the St. Louis and Memphis areas. Inland Services operates under the SCF name. SCF’s barges are primarily used for moving agricultural and industrial commodities and containers on the U.S. Inland Waterways, the Mississippi River, Illinois River, Tennessee River, Ohio River and their tributaries and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterways. Internationally, Inland Services also owns inland river liquid tank barges that operate on the Magdalena River in Colombia. These barges primarily transport petroleum products. Inland Services also has a 50% interest in dry-cargo barge operations on the Parana-Paraguay River Waterways in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay primarily transporting agricultural and industrial commodities. Inland Services contributed 30%, 38% and 44% of consolidated operating revenues during the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
For a discussion of risk and economic factors that may impact Inland Services’ financial position and its results of operations, see “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and “Inland Transportation & Logistics Services Services” in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

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Equipment and Services
The following tables set forth the towboats and barges that comprise Inland Services’ fleet as of December 31 for the indicated years. “Owned” are majority owned and controlled by Inland Services. “Leased-in” may either be equipment contracted from leasing companies to which Inland Services may have sold such equipment or equipment chartered-in from others. “Joint Ventured” are owned by entities in which Inland Services does not have a controlling interest. “Pooled” are barges owned by and managed for third parties with operating revenues and voyage expenses pooled with barges of a similar age and type which are owned by Inland Services. The pool’s revenues and expenses are allocated to participants based upon the number of days their barges participate in the pool. For “Pooled” barges, each barge owner is responsible for the costs of insurance, maintenance and repair as well as for capital and financing costs of its own equipment in the pool and pays a daily management fee to Inland Services for their participation in the pool.
 
Owned
 
Leased-in
 
Joint
Ventured
 
Pooled
 
Total
 
Owned Fleet Average Age
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dry-cargo barges
641

 
50

 
258

 
490

 
1,439

 
10

Liquid tank barges
20

 

 

 

 
20

 
14

Specialty barges
7

 

 

 

 
7

 
1

Towboats(1):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
4,000 hp - 6,600 hp
3

 
4

 
11

 

 
18

 
38

3,300 hp - 3,900 hp
1

 

 
2

 

 
3

 
2

Less than 3,200 hp
2

 

 

 

 
2

 
55

Harbor boats(1):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,100 hp - 2,000 hp
9

 
6

 

 

 
15

 
37

Less than 1,100 hp
9

 

 

 

 
9

 
41

 
692

 
60

 
271

 
490

 
1,513

 
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dry-cargo barges
691

 

 
258

 
494

 
1,443

 
9

Liquid tank barges
18

 

 

 

 
18

 
14

Specialty barges
11

 

 

 

 
11

 
37

Towboats(1):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
4,000 hp - 6,600 hp
2

 
4

 
11

 

 
17

 
37

3,300 hp - 3,900 hp
1

 

 
2

 

 
3

 
1

Less than 3,200 hp
2

 

 

 

 
2

 
54

Harbor boats(1):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
1,100 hp - 2,000 hp
9

 
6

 

 

 
15

 
36

Less than 1,100 hp
9

 

 

 

 
9

 
40

 
743

 
10

 
271

 
494

 
1,518

 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dry-cargo barges
645

 

 
258

 
527

 
1,430

 
9

Liquid tank barges:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10,000 barrel
18

 

 

 

 
18

 
13

30,000 barrel
19

 
8

 

 

 
27

 
10

Specialty barges
11

 

 

 

 
11

 
36

Deck-barges

 

 

 

 

 

Towboats(1):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
4,000 hp - 6,600 hp
2

 
4

 
11

 

 
17

 
36

3,300 hp - 3,900 hp

 

 
2

 

 
2

 

Less than 3,200 hp
15

 

 

 

 
15

 
26

Harbor boats(1):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,100 hp - 2,000 hp
7

 
6

 

 

 
13

 
36

Less than 1,100 hp
6

 

 

 

 
6

 
37

 
723

 
18

 
271

 
527

 
1,539

 
 
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(1)
Towboats and harbor boats have been upgraded and maintained to meet or exceed current industry standards.
Inland river barges are unmanned and are moved by towboats. The combination of a towboat and barges is commonly referred to as a “tow.”

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Inland Services’ dry-cargo barge fleet consists of hopper barges, which are (i) covered for the transport of products such as grain and grain by-products, fertilizer and steel or (ii) “open tops” primarily used for the transport of commodities that are not sensitive to water such as coal, aggregate scrap and containers. Each dry-cargo barge in the Inland Services’ fleet is capable of transporting approximately 1,500 to 2,000 tons (1,350 to 1,800 metric tons) of cargo depending on water depth (draft), river conditions and hull depth of the barge. Adverse river conditions, such as high water resulting from excessive rainfall or low water caused by drought, can impact operations by limiting the speed at which tows travel, the number of barges included in tows, as well as the quantity of cargo that is loaded in the barges.
A typical dry-cargo grain voyage begins by shifting a clean, empty barge from a fleeting location to a loading facility. The barge is then moved from the loading location and assembled into a tow before proceeding to its discharge destination. After unloading, it is shifted to a fleeting area for cleaning, and service if needed, and then placed again in a tow to move to a load facility. In some instances after discharge of grain, barges pick up cargo and move them north to the grain originating areas of the river system instead of moving empty.
Inland Services’ fleet of inland river liquid tank barges transports petroleum products on long-term voyage affreightment contracts on the Magdalena River in Colombia.
As of December 31, 2017, Inland Services had construction in progress for rail improvements at its Mississippi River Terminal and the refurbishment of three harbor boats.
Markets
Inland Services operates equipment in three principal geographic regions. The table below sets forth equipment by geographic market as of December 31 for the indicated years. Inland Services sometimes participates in joint venture arrangements in certain geographic locations in order to enhance marketing capabilities and facilitate operations in foreign markets allowing for the expansion of its operations while diversifying risks and reducing capital outlays associated with such expansion.
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
U.S. Inland Waterways
 
 
 
 
 
Dry-cargo barges
1,181

 
1,185

 
1,172

Liquid tank barges

 

 
27

Specialty barges
7

 
11

 
11

Towboats:
 
 
 
 
 
4,000 hp – 6,600 hp
7

 
6

 
6

Less than 3,200 hp

 

 
13

Harbor boats:
 
 
 
 
 
1,100 hp - 2,000 hp
15

 
15

 
13

Less than 1,100 hp
9

 
9

 
6

 
1,219

 
1,226

 
1,248

Magdalena River
 
 
 
 
 
Liquid tank barges
20

 
18

 
18

Towboats:
 
 
 
 
 
3,300 hp - 3,900 hp
1

 
1

 

Less than 3,200 hp
2

 
2

 
2

 
23

 
21

 
20

Parana-Paraguay River Waterway
 
 
 
 
 
Dry-cargo barges
258

 
258

 
258

Towboats:
 
 
 
 
 
4,000 hp – 6,600 hp
11

 
11

 
11

3,300 hp - 3,900 hp
2

 
2

 
2

 
271

 
271

 
271

 
1,513

 
1,518

 
1,539

U.S. Inland Waterways. Inland Services transports various commodities on the U.S. Inland Waterways in dry-cargo barges, primarily grain and grain by-products, fertilizer, steel products and other dry bulk commodities. Grain cargoes primarily move south and originate in the Midwest, typically St. Louis and north, but can originate as far south as Arkansas and Louisiana. South of Baton Rouge the Mississippi River is deeper and can accommodate ocean going vessels. Industrial cargo such as steel coils and specialty ore typically move north. Generally, Inland Services attempts to coordinate the logistical match-up of northbound and southbound movements of cargo to minimize repositioning costs and optimize loaded time of barges. In addition to its barge and towboat activities, Inland Services owns and operates high-speed multi-modal terminal facilities for both dry and liquid commodities and barge fleeting locations in various areas of the Inland Waterway System.

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Magdalena River. Inland Services primarily transports petroleum products outbound from central Colombia to the Caribbean Sea for export or distribution.
Parana-Paraguay Waterway. Inland Services, through its 50% noncontrolling interest in SCFCo Holdings LLC (“SCFCo”), transports various commodities on the Parana-Paraguay Waterway in dry-cargo barges, primarily grains, iron ore, and other dry bulk commodities. In addition to its primary barge and towboat business, SCFCo has an investment in a transshipment terminal at the Port of Ibicuy, Argentina.
Seasonality
The volume of grain transported from the Midwest to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, which is primarily for export, is greatest during the harvest season from mid-August through late November. The harvest season is particularly significant to Inland Services because pricing for hauling freight tends to peak during these months in response to higher demand for equipment. Severity of winter weather can also impact operations and contribute to volatility in revenue and expense. Harsh winters typically force the upper Mississippi River to close and restrict barge traffic from mid-December to mid-March. Ice can also hinder the navigation of barge traffic on the mid-Mississippi River, the Illinois River, and the upper reaches of the Ohio River.
The Magdalena River basin has two rainy and two dry seasons annually. The lowest river levels occur from mid-December to mid-February, which can cause difficult navigational conditions within the mid and upper river regions and thereby lower utilization of Inland Services’ barges in this region during that period.
On the Parana-Paraguay Waterway, water levels are typically lower during December and January, which can make navigation difficult on the northern portion of the river. During this time period, barge traffic is primarily focused on transporting grains from Paraguay to Argentina.
Customers and Contractual Arrangements
The principal customers for Inland Services are major grain exporters and farm cooperatives, importers and distributors of industrial materials, agricultural companies, fertilizer companies, trading companies, oil companies and industrial companies. In 2017, no single customer of Inland Services accounted for 10% or more of consolidated operating revenues. The ten largest customers of Inland Services accounted for approximately 57% of its operating revenues in 2017. The loss of one or more of its customers could have a material adverse effect on Inland Services’ results of operations.
Inland Services’ pooled dry-cargo barges are typically employed on a voyage basis at agreed rates for tons moved and with users having specified days for loading and discharging the cargo. In the trade, this is referred to as a contract of affreightment. If the user exceeds the specified number of days for loading and discharging the barges, it pays demurrage (revenue to compensate for tying up the assets longer than typical for a transit). For longer term contracts of affreightment, base rates may be adjusted in response to changes in fuel prices and operating expenses. Some term contracts provide for the transport of a minimum number of tons of cargo or specific transportation requirements for a particular customer. In the past, Inland Services has leased out some barges (“bareboat chartered”) to competitors or other operators with all expenses for the lessee’s account. Such leases would be at a fixed rate per day and the duration has varied from short periods necessary for the lessee to perform a voyage to extended periods. Inland Services’ inland river liquid tank barges and specialty barges are operated under term contracts ranging from one to five years.
Inland Services’ tank farm, dry bulk and container handling facilities are marketed under contractual rates and terms driven by throughput volume.
Inland Services' fleeting operations charge a day rate for holding barges in fleeting areas. Harbor boats (usually 800-1,200 HP) pick up and drop off barges and assist in assembling tows that are moving up and down river on line haul towboats, typically 6,000-10,000 HP. The service is for an agreed upon hourly charge. The harbor boats also perform shifting services, which include moving barges to and from the dock for loading and unloading. Typically these service are priced based on a fee per shift. Inland fleeting operations also include cleaning and minor repairs on barges.
    Inland Services’ machine shop and repairs of towboats and barges are charged either on an hourly basis or a fixed fee basis depending on the scope and nature of work.
Competitive Conditions
Inland Services’ main direct competitors are other barge lines. Inland Services believes that 68% of the domestic dry-cargo hopper barge fleet is controlled by five companies. Railroads also compete for traffic that might otherwise move on the U.S. Inland Waterways.

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Although there is a pool of “investor owned” barges which add capacity to the inland fleet, in the view of Inland Services they cannot compete as a full logistics service provider of barge transport. Barriers to entry include complexity of operations, the difficulty of accumulating a sufficiently large asset base to cycle assets efficiently, the start-up challenge of hiring required expertise given the general lack of qualified personnel to oversee the complex logistics of exchanging assets between fleets and long haul tows and executing timely placement for loading and discharging. Inland Services benefits from not only these factors, but also from long-term arrangements with key customers and SCF’s reputation for service.
Inland Services believes the primary barriers to effective competitive entry into the Magdalena River and Parana-Paraguay Waterways markets are similar to those that make it difficult to start new operations in the U.S. In addition, there are local flag requirements for equipment and local content requirements for operation. The primary competitive factors among established operators are price, availability, reliability and suitability of equipment for the various cargoes moved.
Risks of Foreign Operations
For the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, 6%, 3% and 1%, respectively, of Inland Services’ operating revenues were derived from its foreign operations. For the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, $8.4 million, $17.1 million and $32.5 million, respectively, of Inland Services’ equity in losses from 50% or less owned companies, net of tax, were derived from its foreign operations.
Foreign operations are subject to inherent risks, which, if they were to occur, could have a material adverse effect on Inland Services’ financial position and its results of operations. See the risk factor entitled “Risks from the Company’s international operations” in “Item 1A. Risk Factors.”
Witt O’Brien’s
Business, Services and Markets
Witt O’Brien’s, LLC (“Witt O’Brien’s”) provides crisis and emergency management services for both the public and private sectors. These services strengthen clients’ resilience and assist their response to natural and man-made disasters in three core areas:
Preparedness: planning, training, exercises and compliance services that enhance government and corporate disaster readiness.
Response: on-site emergency management services that strengthen clients’ ability to manage a disaster, such as an oil spill, vessel incident or hurricane impact.
Recovery: assisting qualifying clients to plan for, obtain and administer federal disaster recovery funds following major disasters.
Witt O’Brien’s contributed 9%, 10% and 10% of consolidated operating revenues during the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Witt O’Brien’s serves markets representing key areas of critical national infrastructure, including government, energy, transportation, healthcare and education, in the United States and abroad.
Customers and Contractual Arrangements
Witt O’Brien’s primary client sectors are government, shipping, energy, healthcare and education. Services are generally contracted on a project basis, under retainer agreements, or through “stand-by” arrangements, whereby Witt O’Brien’s is pre-contracted to support a client if a given set of circumstances arises. Services are generally billed on a time-and-materials basis or through retainer arrangements. In 2017, no single customer of Witt O’Brien’s accounted for 10% or more of consolidated operating revenues. The ten largest customers of Witt O’Brien’s accounted for approximately 31% of its operating revenues in 2017. The loss of one or more of its customers could have a material adverse effect on Witt O’Brien’s results of operations.
Competitive Conditions
Each of the services that Witt O’Brien’s provides is offered by others with similar expertise and a roster of personnel with similar experience. Hence, competition for retainers and the opportunity to be activated is highly competitive. Competitors primarily include large management consultant firms, engineering firms and smaller specialty consultant groups. The most important factors in obtaining work are technical credentials of personnel, availability, historical performance and pricing.

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Risks of Foreign Operations
For the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, 13%, 11% and 12%, respectively, of Witt O’Brien’s operating revenues were derived from its foreign operations. For the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, $0.2 million, $0.3 million and $0.1 million, respectively, of Witt O’Brien’s equity in earnings from 50% or less owned companies, net of tax, were derived from its foreign operations.
Foreign operations are subject to inherent risks, which, if they materialize, could have a material adverse effect on Witt O’Brien’s financial position and its results of operations. See the risk factor entitled “Risks from the Company’s international operations” in “Item 1A. Risk Factors.”
Other
The Company has other activities that primarily include:
Lending and leasing activities. Lending and leasing activities primarily involve the secured financing of various types of equipment that require scheduled lease payments or periodic principal and interest payments.
Noncontrolling investments in various other businesses. These investments primarily include sales, storage, and maintenance support for general aviation in Asia and an agricultural commodity trading and logistics business that is primarily focused on the global origination, and trading and merchandising of sugar, pairing producers and buyers and arranging for the transportation and logistics of the product.
Government Regulation
The Company’s ownership, operation, construction and staffing of vessels is subject to significant regulation under various international, federal, state and local laws and regulations, including international conventions and ship registry laws of the nations under which the Company’s vessels are flagged.
Regulatory Matters
Domestically registered vessels are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States Coast Guard (“USCG”), the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Maritime Administration, as well as in certain instances, applicable state and local laws.
Ocean Services and Inland Services are subject to regulation under the Jones Act and related U.S. cabotage laws, which restrict ownership and operation of vessels in the U.S. coastwise trade (i.e., trade between points in the United States), including the transportation of cargo. Subject to limited exceptions, the Jones Act requires that vessels engaged in U.S. coastwise trade be built in the United States, registered under the U.S.-flag, manned by predominantly U.S. crews, and owned and operated by U.S. citizens within the meaning of the Jones Act. Violation of the Jones Act could prohibit operation of vessels in the U.S. coastwise trade during the period of such non-compliance, result in material fines and subject the Company’s vessels to seizure and forfeiture.
Ocean Services and Inland Services operate vessels that are registered in the United States and others registered in a number of foreign jurisdictions. Vessels are subject to the laws of the applicable jurisdiction as to ownership, registration, manning, environmental protection and safety. In addition, the Company’s vessels are subject to the requirements of a number of international conventions that are applicable to vessels depending on their jurisdiction of registration. Among the more significant of these conventions are: (i) the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (“MARPOL”); (ii) the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 and 1978 Protocols (“SOLAS”); and (iii) the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (“STCW”).
The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (the “MLC”) establishes comprehensive minimum requirements for working conditions of seafarers including, among other things, conditions of employment, hours of work and rest, grievance and complaints procedures, accommodations, recreational facilities, food and catering, health protection, medical care, welfare, and social security protection. The MLC also provides a definition of seafarer that includes all persons engaged in work on a vessel in addition to the vessel’s crew. Under this MLC definition, the Company may be responsible for proving that customer and contractor personnel aboard its vessels have contracts of employment that comply with the MLC requirements. The Company could also be responsible for salaries and/or benefits of third parties that may board one of the Company’s vessels. The MLC requires certain vessels that engage in international trade to maintain a valid Maritime Labour Certificate issued by their flag administration. Although the United States is not a party to the MLC, U.S.-flag vessels operating internationally must comply with the MLC when visiting a port in a country that is a party to the MLC. The Company has developed and implemented a fleetwide action plan to comply with the MLC to the extent applicable to its vessels.
The hull and machinery of every commercial vessel must be classed by an international classification society authorized by its country of registry, as well as being subject to survey and inspection by shipping regulatory bodies. The international

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classification society certifies that a vessel is safe and seaworthy in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations of the country of registry of the vessel and the United Nations Safety of Life at Sea Convention. All of Ocean Services’ vessels are subject to the periodic inspection, survey, dry-docking and maintenance requirements of the USCG and/or the American Bureau of Shipping (“ABS”) and other marine classification societies.
Under the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, the Company’s U.S.-flagged vessels will be subject to requisitioning by the U.S. Government under certain terms and conditions during a national emergency, as described further under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
The Company is required by various governmental and quasi-governmental agencies to obtain permits, licenses and certificates with respect to its vessels. The Company’s failure to maintain these authorizations could adversely impact its operations.
In addition to the USCG, the EPA, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety and certain individual states regulate vessels, facilities and pipelines in accordance with the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA 90”) or under analogous state law. There is currently little uniformity among the regulations issued by these agencies, which increases the Company’s compliance costs and risk of non-compliance.
Although the Company faces some risk when responding to third-party oil spills, a responder engaged in emergency and crisis activities has immunity from liability under federal law and all U.S. coastal state laws for any spills arising from its response efforts, except in the event of death or personal injury or as a result of its gross negligence or willful misconduct. As a result of the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010, the responder industry has sought to expand the responder immunity provisions enacted in OPA 90.
Environmental Compliance
The Company is subject to federal, state, local and international environmental and safety law, regulations and conventions, including those related to the discharge of oil and pollutants into waters regulated thereunder. Violations of these laws may result in civil and criminal penalties, fines, injunctions or other sanctions.
The Company does not expect that it will be required to make capital expenditures in the near future that would be material to its financial position or operations to comply with environmental laws and regulations; however, because such laws and regulations frequently change and may impose increasingly strict requirements, the Company cannot predict the ultimate cost of complying with these laws and regulations.
OPA 90 establishes a regulatory and liability regime for the protection of the environment from oil spills. OPA 90 applies to owners and operators of facilities operating near navigable waters of the United States and owners, operators and bareboat charterers of vessels operating in U.S. waters, which include the navigable waters of the United States and the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone around the United States (“EEZ”). For purposes of its liability limits and financial responsibility and response planning requirements, OPA 90 differentiates between tank vessels (such as the Company’s petroleum and chemical carriers and liquid tank barges) and “other vessels” (such as the Company’s tugs and dry-cargo barges).
Under OPA 90, owners and operators of regulated facilities and owners and operators or bareboat charterers of vessels are “responsible parties” and may be jointly, severally and strictly liable for removal costs and damages arising from facility and vessel oil spills or threatened spills up to certain limits of liability (except if the limits are exceeded as discussed below). Damages are defined broadly to include: (i) injury to natural resources and the costs of remediation thereof; (ii) injury to, or economic losses resulting from the destruction of, real and personal property; (iii) net loss by the United States government, a state or political subdivision thereof, of taxes, royalties, rents, fees and profits; (iv) lost profits or impairment of earning capacity due to property or natural resources damage; (v) net costs of providing increased or additional public services necessitated by a spill response, such as protection from fire or other hazards or taking additional safety precautions; and (vi) loss of subsistence use of available natural resources.
OPA 90 limits liability for responsible parties for nontank vessels to the greater of $1,100 per gross ton or $939,800 and for tank vessels to the greater of $3,500 per gross ton or $25,845,600. These liability limits do not apply (a) if an incident is caused by the responsible party’s violation of federal safety, construction or operating regulations or by the responsible party’s gross negligence or willful misconduct, (b) if the responsible party fails to report the incident or to provide reasonable cooperation and assistance in connection with oil removal activities as required by a responsible official or (c) if the responsible party fails to comply with an order issued under OPA 90.
The OPA 90 regulations also implement the financial responsibility requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), which imposes liability for discharges of hazardous substances, similar to OPA 90, and provides compensation for cleanup, removal and natural resource damages. Liability per vessel under CERCLA is limited to the greater of $300 per gross ton or $5 million, unless the incident is caused by gross negligence, willful misconduct, or a violation of certain regulations, in which case liability is unlimited.

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Under the Nontank Vessel Response Plan Final Rule, owners and operators of nontank vessels are required to prepare Nontank Vessel Response Plans (“NTVRPs”). The Company expects its pollution liability insurance to cover any cost of spill removal subject to coverage deductibles and limitations, including a cap of $1.0 billion. The Company’s business, financial position, results of operations or cash flows could be materially adversely affected if it incurs spill liability under circumstances in which the insurance carrier fails or refuses to provide coverage or the loss exceeds the Company’s coverage limitations.
MARPOL is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by vessels from operational or accidental discharges. It is implemented in the United States pursuant to the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
Since the 1990s, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has been aggressively enforcing U.S. criminal laws against vessel owners, operators, managers, crewmembers, shoreside personnel, and corporate officers related to violations of MARPOL. Violations have frequently related to pollution prevention devices, such as the oily-water separator, and include falsifying records, obstructing justice, and making false statements. In certain cases, responsible shipboard officers and shoreside officials have been sentenced to prison. In addition, the DOJ has required most defendants to implement a comprehensive environmental compliance plan (“ECP”) or risk losing the ability to trade in U.S. waters. If the Company is subjected to a DOJ prosecution, it could face significant criminal penalties as well as costs associated with the implementation of an ECP.
The Clean Water Act (“CWA”) prohibits the discharge of “pollutants” into the navigable waters of the United States. The CWA also prohibits the discharge of oil or hazardous substances, into navigable waters of the United States and the EEZ around the United States and imposes civil and criminal penalties for unauthorized discharges, thereby creating exposures in addition to those arising under OPA 90 and CERCLA.
The CWA also established the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permitting program, which governs discharges of pollutants into navigable waters of the United States. Pursuant to the NPDES program, the EPA has issued Vessel General Permits covering discharges incidental to normal vessel operations. The current Vessel General Permit (the “2013 VGP”), which became effective in December 2013, applies to U.S.-flag and foreign-flag commercial vessels that are at least 79 feet in length and operate within the three-mile territorial sea of the United States. The 2013 VGP requires vessel owners and operators to adhere to “best management practices” to manage the covered discharges that occur normally in the operation of a vessel, including ballast water, and implements various training, inspection, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements, as well as corrective actions upon identification of deficiencies. The Company has filed a Notice of Intent to be covered by the 2013 VGP for each of the Company's ships that operate in U.S. waters. The EPA has indicated that a new Vessel General Permit will be issued by the end of 2018. The Company can neither provide assurance that the permit will be issued timely or at all, nor can it predict what additional costs it may incur to comply with any Vessel General Permit.
Many countries have ratified and are thus subject to the liability scheme adopted by the International Maritime Organization (“IMO”) and set out in the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage of 1969 (the “1969 Convention”). Some of these countries have also adopted the 1992 Protocol to the 1969 Convention (the “1992 Protocol”). Under both the 1969 Convention and the 1992 Protocol, a vessel’s registered owner is strictly liable for pollution damage caused in the territorial waters of a contracting state by discharge of persistent oil from ships carrying oil in bulk as cargo, subject to certain complete defenses. These conventions also limit the liability of the shipowner under certain circumstances, provided the discharge was not caused by the shipowner’s actual fault or intentional or reckless misconduct.
Vessels trading to countries that are parties to these conventions must provide evidence of insurance covering the liability of the owner. The Company believes that its Protection and Indemnity (“P&I”) insurance will cover any liability under these conventions, subject to applicable policy deductibles, exclusions and limitations.
The United States is not a party to the 1969 Convention or the 1992 Protocol, and thus OPA 90, CERCLA, CWA and other federal and state laws apply in the United States as discussed above. In other jurisdictions where the 1969 Convention has not been adopted, various legislative and regulatory schemes or common law govern, and liability is imposed either on the basis of fault or in a manner similar to that convention.
The International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 was adopted to ensure that adequate, prompt and effective compensation is available to persons who suffer damage caused by spills of oil when used as fuel by vessels. The convention applies to damage caused to the territory, including the territorial sea, and in the EEZs, of the countries that are party to it. Although the United States has not ratified this convention, U.S.-flag vessels operating internationally would be subject to it if they sail within the territories of those countries that have implemented its provisions. The Company believes that its vessels comply with these requirements.
The National Invasive Species Act (“NISA”) was enacted in the United States in 1996 in response to growing reports of harmful organisms being released into United States waters through ballast water taken on by vessels in foreign ports. The USCG adopted regulations under NISA that impose mandatory ballast water management practices for all vessels equipped with ballast water tanks entering U.S. waters. All new vessels constructed on or after December 1, 2013, regardless of ballast water capacity,

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must comply with these requirements on delivery from the shipyard absent an extension from the USCG. Existing vessels with a ballast water capacity between 1,500 and 5,000 cubic meters must comply by their first scheduled dry-docking after January 1, 2014 or obtain a USCG extension. For non-exempt vessels, ballast water treatment equipment may be required to be utilized on the vessel. The Company believes that its vessels comply with these requirements.
Some U.S. states have enacted legislation or regulations to address invasive species through ballast water and hull cleaning management and permitting requirements, which in many cases have also become part of the state’s 2013 VGP certification. Other states may proceed with the enactment of similar requirements that could increase the Company’s costs of operating in state waters.
In addition, the IMO ratified the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water Sediments on September 8, 2016, otherwise known as the Ballast Water Management Convention (the “BWM Convention”). The Company’s vessels that operate internationally will have to become compliant with international ballast water management regulations by their first renewal survey of the International Oil Pollution Prevention (“IOPP”) Certificate issued under MARPOL after September 8, 2017. Because the United States is not a party to the BWM Convention, those vessels may have to install an IMO approved ballast water management system (“BWMS”) or use one of the other management options under the BWM Convention. The Company believes that its vessels comply with these requirements.
The U.S. Endangered Species Act, related regulations and comparable state laws protect species threatened with possible extinction. Protection may include restrictions on the speed of vessels in certain ocean waters and may require the Company to change the routes of the Company’s vessels during particular periods. For example, in an effort to prevent the collision of vessels with the North Atlantic right whale, federal regulations restrict the speed of vessels to ten knots or less in certain areas along the Atlantic Coast of the United States during certain times of the year. The reduced speed and special routing along the Atlantic Coast may result in the use of additional fuel, which could affect the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
The Clean Air Act (as amended, the “CAA”) requires the EPA to promulgate standards applicable to emissions of volatile organic compounds and other air contaminants. The CAA also requires states to submit State Implementation Plans (“SIPs”), which are designed to attain national health-based air quality standards throughout the United States, including major metropolitan and/or industrial areas. Several SIPs regulate emissions resulting from vessel loading and unloading operations by requiring the installation of vapor control equipment. The EPA and some states have each proposed more stringent regulations of air emissions from propulsion and auxiliary engines on oceangoing vessels.
MARPOL also addresses air emissions, including emissions of sulfur and nitrous oxide (“NOx”), from vessels, including a requirement to use low sulfur fuels worldwide in both auxiliary and main propulsion diesel engines on vessels. Vessels worldwide are currently required to use fuel with a sulfur content no greater than 3.5%, which the IMO decided in October 2016 to reduce to 0.5% beginning in January 2020. As a result of this reduction, fuel costs for vessel operators could rise dramatically beginning in 2020, which could adversely affect the Company’s profitability or its results of operations. MARPOL also imposes NOx emissions standards on installed marine diesel engines of over 130 kW output power other than those used solely for emergency purposes irrespective of the tonnage of the vessel into which such an engine is installed. Different levels, or Tiers, of control apply based on the vessel’s construction date. Within any particular Tier, the actual NOx limit is determined from the engine’s rated speed on a sliding scale based on engine revolutions per minute. The Tier III controls apply only to the specified vessels while operating in an Emission Control Area (“ECA”), as discussed below, established to further limit NOx emissions. The Tier II controls apply to vessels operating in areas outside of ECAs.
More stringent sulfur and NOx requirements apply in certain designated ECAs. There are currently four ECAs worldwide: the Baltic Sea ECA, North Sea ECA, North American ECA, and U.S. Caribbean ECA. As of January 1, 2015, vessels operating in an ECA must burn fuel with a sulfur content no greater than 0.1%. Further, marine diesel engines on vessels constructed on or after January 1, 2016 that are operated in an ECA must meet the stringent NOx standards described above.
The Company’s operations occasionally generate and require the transportation, treatment and disposal of both hazardous and non-hazardous solid wastes that are subject in the United States to the requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) or comparable state, local or foreign requirements. From time to time, the Company arranges for the disposal of hazardous waste or hazardous substances at offsite disposal facilities. The EPA has a longstanding policy that RCRA only applies after wastes are “purposely removed” from a vessel. As a general matter, with certain exceptions, vessel owners and operators are required to determine if their wastes are hazardous, obtain a generator identification number, comply with certain standards for the proper management of hazardous wastes, and use hazardous waste manifests for shipments to disposal facilities. Moreover, vessel owners and operators may be subject to more stringent state hazardous waste requirements. If such materials are improperly disposed of by third parties with which the Company contracts, the Company may still be held liable for cleanup costs under applicable laws.
MARPOL also governs the discharge of garbage from ships, the special area for the Wider Caribbean region including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea went into effect on May 1, 2011. MARPOL defines certain sea areas as “special areas,” requiring a higher level of protection than other areas of the sea.

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Applicable MARPOL regulations provide for strict garbage management procedures and documentation requirements for all vessels and fixed and floating platforms. These regulations impose a general prohibition on the discharge of all garbage unless the discharge is expressly provided for under the regulations. The regulations have greatly reduced the amount of garbage that vessels are allowed to dispose of at sea and have increased the Company’s costs of disposing garbage remaining on board vessels at their port calls.
Various international conventions and federal, state and local laws and regulations have been considered or implemented to address the environmental effects of emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane. The U.S. Congress has considered, but not adopted, legislation designed to reduce emission of greenhouse gases. At various United Nations climate change conferences, specific international accords or protocols to establish binding limitations on greenhouse gas emissions have been proposed. In December 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was adopted pursuant to which member parties agreed to implement national programs to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Paris Agreement, which seeks to reduce emissions in an effort to slow global warming was adopted. The Paris Agreement was signed by the United States in 2016 but, in August 2017, the U.S. State Department officially informed the United Nations of the United States’ intent to withdraw. The Paris Agreement does not specifically mention shipping.
The IMO’s third study of greenhouse gas emissions from the global shipping fleet, which was concluded in 2014, predicted that, in the absence of appropriate policies, greenhouse gas emissions from ships could increase by 50% to 250% by 2050 depending on economic growth and energy developments in the future. The IMO has announced its intention to develop limits on greenhouse gases from international shipping and is working on proposed mandatory technical and operational measures to achieve these limits. The first step toward this goal occurred in October 2016, when the IMO adopted a system for collecting data on ships’ fuel-oil consumption, which will be mandatory and apply globally.
In the United States, pursuant to an April 2007 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, the EPA was required to consider whether carbon dioxide should be considered a pollutant that endangers public health and welfare, and thus subject to regulation under the CAA. In October 2007, the California Attorney General and a coalition of environmental groups petitioned the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from oceangoing vessels under the CAA. On December 1, 2009, the EPA issued an “endangerment finding” regarding greenhouse gases under the CAA. To date, the regulations proposed and enacted by the EPA regarding carbon dioxide have not involved oceangoing vessels. Under MARPOL, vessels operating in designated ECAs are required to meet fuel sulfur limits and NOx emission limits, including the use of engines that meet the EPA standards for NOx emissions as discussed above.
Any future adoption of climate control treaties, legislation or other regulatory measures by the United Nations, IMO, United States or other countries where the Company operates that restrict emissions of greenhouse gases could result in financial and operational impacts on the Company’s business (including potential capital expenditures to reduce such emissions) that the Company cannot predict with certainty at this time. In addition, there may be significant physical effects of climate change from such emissions that have the potential to negatively impact the Company’s customers, personnel, and physical assets any of which could adversely impact cargo levels, the demand for Company’s services, or the Company’s ability to recruit personnel.
The Company seeks to manage exposure to losses from the above-described laws through its development of appropriate risk management programs, including compliance programs, safety management systems and insurance program. Although the Company believes these programs mitigate its legal risk, there can be no assurance that any future regulations or requirements or any discharge or emission of pollutants by the Company will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
Security
Heightened awareness of security needs brought about by the events of September 11, 2001 has caused the USCG, the IMO, states and local ports to adopt heightened security procedures relating to ports and vessels.
Specifically, on November 25, 2002, the U.S. Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (“MTSA”) was signed into law. To implement certain portions of MTSA, in July 2003, the USCG issued regulations requiring the implementation of certain security requirements aboard vessels operating in waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Similarly, in December 2002, the IMO adopted amendments to SOLAS, known as the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (the “ISPS Code”), creating a new chapter dealing specifically with maritime security. The chapter came into effect in July 2004 and imposes various detailed security obligations on vessels and port authorities. Among the various requirements under MTSA and/or the ISPS Code are:
onboard installation of automatic information systems to enhance vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-shore communications;
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the development of vessel and facility security plans;
the implementation of a Transportation Worker Identification Credential program; and
compliance with flag state security certification requirements.
The USCG regulations, which are intended to align with international maritime security standards, generally deem foreign-flag vessels to be in compliance with MTSA vessel security measures provided such vessels have onboard a valid International Ship Security Certificate that attests to the vessel’s compliance with SOLAS security requirements and the ISPS Code. However, U.S.-flag vessels that are engaged in international trade must comply with all of the security measures required by MTSA, as well as SOLAS and the ISPS Code.
In response to these new security programs, the Company has implemented security plans and procedures for each of its U.S.-flag vessels, its terminal operation in Sauget, Illinois and its Port Dania facility in Dania Beach, Florida, pursuant to rules implementing MTSA that have been issued by the USCG.
The International Safety Management Code (“ISM Code”), adopted by the IMO as an amendment to SOLAS, provides international standards for the safe management and operation of ships and for the prevention of marine pollution from ships. The United States enforces the ISM Code for all U.S.-flag vessels and those foreign-flag vessels that call at U.S. ports. All of the Company’s vessels that are 500 or more gross tons are required to be certified under the standards set forth in the ISM Code’s safety and pollution protocols. The Company also voluntarily complies with these protocols for some vessels that are under the mandatory 500 gross ton threshold. Under the ISM Code, vessel operators are required to develop an extensive safety management system (“SMS”) that includes, among other things, the adoption of a written system of safety and environmental protection policies setting forth instructions and procedures for operating their vessels subject to the ISM Code, and describing procedures for responding to emergencies. The Company has developed such a safety management system. These SMS policies apply to both the vessel and shore-side personnel and are vessel specific. The ISM Code also requires a Document of Compliance (“DOC”) to be obtained for the vessel manager and a Safety Management Certificate (“SMC”) to be obtained for each vessel subject to the ISM Code that it operates or manages. The Company has obtained DOCs for its shore-side offices that have responsibility for vessel management and SMCs for each of the vessels that such offices operate or manage.
Noncompliance with the ISM Code and other IMO regulations may subject the shipowner or charterer to increased liability, may lead to decreases in available insurance coverage for affected vessels and may result in the denial of access to, or detention in, some ports. For example, the USCG authorities have indicated that vessels not in compliance with the ISM Code will be prohibited from trading to United States ports.
Industry Hazards and Insurance
Vessel operations involve inherent risks associated with carrying large volumes of cargo and rendering services in a marine environment. Hazards include adverse weather conditions, collisions, fire and mechanical failures, which may result in death or injury to personnel, damage to equipment, loss of operating revenues, contamination of cargo, pollution and other environmental damages and increased costs. The Company maintains hull, liability and war risk, general liability, workers compensation and other insurance customary in the industries in which the Company operates. The Company believes it will be able to renew any expiring policy without causing a material adverse effect on the Company. The Company also conducts training and safety programs to promote a safe working environment and minimize hazards.
Employees
As of December 31, 2017, the Company employed 2,264 individuals. In the United States, a total of 925 employees in Ocean Services and Inland Services are unionized under collective bargaining agreements that expire at varying times through July 2, 2022.
Management considers relations with its employees to be satisfactory.
ITEM 1A.
RISK FACTORS
Risks, Uncertainties and Other Factors That May Affect Future Results
The Company’s results of operations, financial condition and cash flows may be adversely affected by numerous risks. Those of which we are aware are set forth below, but there could be risks of which we are not aware or risks that could be material which are not identified as such at this time. Carefully consider the risks described below, which represent some of the more critical risk factors that affect the Company, as well as the other information that has been provided in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The risks described below include all known material risks faced by the Company of which management is aware at

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this time. Additional risks and circumstances, not presently known to management, or perceived as a threat, may exist or materialize and could also impair the Company’s business operations.
Difficult economic conditions could materially adversely affect the Company. The success of the Company’s business is both directly and indirectly dependent upon conditions in the global financial markets and economic conditions throughout the world that are outside its control and difficult to predict. Factors such as commodity prices, interest rates, availability of credit, inflation rates, availability and cost of labor, changes in laws (including laws relating to taxation), elimination or imposition of trade barriers and protective rules, currency exchange rates and controls, and national and international political circumstances (including wars, terrorist acts or security operations) can have a material negative impact on the Company’s business and investments, which could reduce its revenues and profitability. Uncertainty about global economic conditions may lead or require businesses to postpone capital spending in response to tighter credit and reductions in income or asset values and to cancel or renegotiate existing contracts because their access to capital is impeded. This would in turn affect the Company’s profitability or results of operations. These factors may also adversely affect the Company’s liquidity and financial condition and the liquidity and financial condition of the Company’s customers. Volatility in the conditions of the global economic markets can also affect the Company’s ability to raise capital at attractive prices. The Company’s ongoing exposure to credit risks on its accounts receivable balances are heightened during periods when economic conditions worsen. The Company has procedures that are designed to monitor and limit exposure to credit risk on its receivables; however, there can be no assurance that such procedures will effectively limit its credit risk and avoid losses that could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows. Unstable economic conditions may also increase the volatility of the Company’s stock price.
Changes in U.S. policies governing foreign trade, international travel, immigration, manufacturing and foreign investment could have a material adverse effect on the Company. Changes in U.S. social, political, regulatory and economic conditions or in laws and policies governing foreign trade, travel to and from the United States, immigration, manufacturing, development and investment in the territories and countries in which the Company operates, and any negative sentiments towards the United States as a result of such changes, could adversely affect the domestic and global transportation services industry, which could adversely affect the Company’s business and results of operations.
There are risks associated with the Company’s debt structure. As of December 31, 2017, the Company had $579.3 million of consolidated indebtedness. The Company’s ability to meet its debt service obligations and refinance its indebtedness is dependent upon its ability to generate cash in the future from operations, financings or asset sales, which are subject to general economic conditions, industry cycles, seasonality and financial, business and other factors, many of which are beyond its control. The Company’s debt levels and the terms of its indebtedness may limit its liquidity and flexibility in obtaining additional financing and pursuing other business opportunities due to difficulties accessing the credit and capital markets. If the Company is unable to repay or refinance its debt as it becomes due, it may be forced to sell assets or take other disadvantageous actions, including undertaking alternative financing plans, which may have onerous terms or may be unavailable, reducing financing in the future for working capital, capital expenditures and general corporate purposes or dedicating an unsustainable level of its cash flow from operations to the payment of principal and interest on its indebtedness.
Revenues from Ocean Services could be adversely affected by a decline in demand for domestic refined petroleum products, crude oil or chemical products, or a change in existing methods of delivery. A reduction in domestic consumption of refined petroleum products, crude oil or chemical products, the development of alternative methods of delivery of refined petroleum products or crude oil, or an increase in domestic refining capacity could reduce demand for the Company’s services.
Construction of additional refined petroleum product, natural gas or crude oil pipelines could have a material adverse effect on Ocean Services’ revenues. Long-haul transportation of refined petroleum products, crude oil and natural gas is generally less costly by pipeline than by ship. Existing pipeline systems are either insufficient to meet demand in, or do not reach, all of the markets served by Ocean Services’ petroleum and chemical carriers. The construction and operation of new pipeline segments could have a material adverse effect on Ocean Services’ business.
Failure to maintain an acceptable safety record may have an adverse impact on the Company’s ability to retain customers. The Company’s customers consider safety and reliability a primary concern in selecting a service provider. The Company must maintain a record of safety and reliability that is acceptable to its customers. Should this not be achieved, the ability to retain current customers and attract new customers may be adversely affected, which in turn could affect the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
Adverse results of legal proceedings could materially adversely affect the Company. The Company is subject to and may in the future be subject to a variety of legal proceedings and claims that arise out of the ordinary conduct of its business. Results of legal proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty. Irrespective of its merits, litigation may be both lengthy and disruptive to the Company’s operations and may cause significant expenditure and diversion of management attention. If the Company suffers an adverse judgment, it may be faced with significant monetary damages or injunctive relief against it that could materially adversely affect a portion of its business operations or materially and adversely affect the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

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The Company may undertake one or more significant corporate transactions that may not achieve their intended results, produce less than expected returns, may be dilutive to existing businesses, may adversely affect the Company’s financial condition and its results of operations, and may result in additional risks to its businesses. The Company continuously evaluates the acquisition and disposition of operating businesses and assets and may in the future undertake significant transactions. Any such transaction could be material to the Company’s business and could take any number of forms, including mergers, joint ventures, investments in new lines of business and the purchase of equity interests or assets. The form of consideration associated with such transactions may include, among other things, cash, common stock or equity interests in the Company’s subsidiaries. The Company also evaluates the disposition of its operating businesses and assets, in whole or in part, which could take the form of asset sales, mergers or sales of equity interests in its subsidiaries (privately or through a public offering), or the spin-off of equity interests of the Company’s subsidiaries to its stockholders. For instance, on June 1, 2017, the Company effected a spin-off of its offshore marine services business, SEACOR Marine, to its stockholders and on July 3, 2017, the Company effected the sale of its 70% interest in Illinois Corn Processing LLC (“ICP”), the company that operated SEACOR’s Illinois Corn Processing business segment. In connection with significant corporate transactions, the Company may agree to indemnify other parties to such transactions, which may subject the Company to significant liability. For example, pursuant to the ICP merger agreement, the Company agreed to indemnify the purchaser of its interests in ICP against certain losses.
These types of significant transactions may present significant risks and uncertainties, including distraction of management from current operations, insufficient revenue to offset liabilities assumed, potential loss of significant revenue and income streams, unexpected expenses, inadequate return of capital, potential acceleration of taxes currently deferred, regulatory or compliance issues, the triggering of certain covenants in the Company’s debt instruments (including accelerated repayment) and other unidentified issues not discovered in due diligence. As a result of the risks inherent in such transactions, the Company cannot guarantee that any such transaction will ultimately result in the realization of the anticipated benefits of the transaction or that significant transactions will not have a material adverse impact on the Company’s financial condition or its results of operations. If the Company were to complete such an acquisition, disposition, investment or other strategic transaction, it may require additional debt or equity financing that could result in a significant increase in its amount of debt or the number of outstanding shares of its Common Stock.
If there is a determination that the SMHI Spin-Off was taxable for U.S. federal income tax purposes because the facts, assumptions, representations or undertakings underlying the tax opinion are incorrect or for any other reason, then the Company and its stockholders that are subject to U.S. federal income tax could incur significant U.S. federal income tax liabilities. The SMHI Spin-Off was conditioned upon the Company’s receipt of an opinion of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, counsel to the Company, substantially to the effect that the separation qualifies as a transaction that is described in Section 355 of the Code. The opinion relied on certain facts, assumptions, representations and undertakings from the Company and SEACOR Marine regarding the past and future conduct of the companies’ respective businesses and other matters. If any of these facts, assumptions, representations or undertakings were incorrect, the Company and its stockholders may not be able to rely on the opinion of counsel and could be subject to significant tax liabilities. Notwithstanding the opinion of counsel, the IRS could determine on audit that the separation is taxable if it determines that any of these facts, assumptions, representations or undertakings are not correct or have been violated or if it disagrees with the conclusions in the opinion, or for other reasons, including as a result of certain significant changes in the stock ownership of the Company or SEACOR Marine after the separation. If the separation is determined to be taxable, the Company and its stockholders that are subject to U.S. federal income tax could incur significant U.S. federal income tax liabilities.
Prior to the SMHI Spin-Off, the Company and SEACOR Marine entered into a tax matters agreement (the “SMHI Tax Matters Agreement”) that governs the parties’ respective rights, responsibilities and obligations with respect to taxes, tax attributes, the preparation and filing of tax returns, the control of audits and other tax proceedings and assistance and cooperation in respect of tax matters. Taxes relating to or arising out of the failure of the separation to qualify as a tax-free transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes are the responsibility of the Company, except, in general, if such failure is attributable to SEACOR Marine’s action or inaction.
The Company’s obligations under the SMHI Tax Matters Agreement are not limited in amount or subject to any cap. Further, even if the Company is not responsible for its tax liabilities under the SMHI Tax Matters Agreement, the Company nonetheless could be liable under applicable tax law for such liabilities if SEACOR Marine were to fail to pay them. If the Company is required to pay any liabilities under the circumstances set forth in the SMHI Tax Matters Agreement or pursuant to applicable tax law, the amounts may be significant.
Investment in new business strategies and initiatives present risks not originally contemplated. The Company has invested, and in the future may again invest, in new business plans or acquisitions, some of which may not be directly linked to existing business lines or activities. These activities may involve significant risks and uncertainties, including distraction of management from current operations, insufficient revenue to offset liabilities assumed and expenses associated with the plans or acquisitions, inadequate return of capital and unidentified issues not discovered in due diligence. Investments in these positions also may involve securities or other assets that are not very liquid. As a result of the risks inherent in new ventures, there can be

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no assurance that any such venture will be successful, or that new ventures will not have a material adverse impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
The Company’s operations are subject to certain foreign currency, interest rate, fixed-income, equity and commodity price risks. The Company is exposed to certain foreign currency, interest rate, fixed-income, equity and commodity price risks and although some of these risks may be hedged, fluctuations could impact the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows. For instance, a strengthening of the U.S. dollar results in higher prices for U.S. exports, which may adversely affect Inland Services and Ocean Services’ operating results. The Company has, and anticipates that it will continue to have, contracts denominated in foreign currencies. It is often not practicable for the Company to effectively hedge the entire risk of significant changes in currency rates. The Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows have been negatively impacted for certain periods and positively impacted for other periods, and may continue to be affected to a material extent by the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. For example, further strengthening of the U.S. dollar could give rise to reduced prices from shipyards and incentivize additional investment in new equipment in the shipping and marine services markets notwithstanding the current state of such markets. The Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows may also be affected by the cost of hedging activities that the Company undertakes. The Company holds a large proportion of its net assets in cash equivalents, short-term investments and marketable securities. Such investments subject the Company to risks generally inherent in the capital markets. Given the relatively high proportion of the Company’s liquid assets relative to its overall size, its financial position, results of operations and cash flows may be materially affected by the results of the Company’s capital management and investment activities and the risks associated with those activities. Volatility in the financial markets and overall economic uncertainty also increase the risk that the actual amounts realized in the future on the Company’s marketable securities could differ significantly from the fair values currently assigned to them. In addition, changes in interest rates may have an adverse impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows. Specifically, rising interest rates, including a potential rapid rise in interest rates, could increase the Company’s cost of capital.
The Company engages in hedging activities which expose it to risks. For corporate purposes and also as part of its trading activities, the Company has in the past and may in the future use futures and swaps to hedge risks, such as escalation in fuel costs and movements in foreign exchange rates and interest rates. However, hedging activities can result in losses when a position is purchased in a declining market or a position is sold in a rising market. Such purchases expose the Company to risks of meeting margin calls and drawing on its capital, counterparty risk due to failure of an exchange or institution with which it has entered into a swap, incurring higher costs than competitors or similar businesses that do not engage in such strategies, and losses on its investment portfolio. Such strategies can also cause earnings to be volatile. If the Company fails to offset such volatility, its results of operations, cash flows and financial position may be adversely affected.
The Company could incur liability in connection with its provision of spill response services. On April 22, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible deepwater drilling rig operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, sank after an apparent blowout and fire resulting in a significant flow of hydrocarbons from the BP Macondo well (the “Deepwater Horizon/BP Macondo Well Incident”). The Company provided spill and emergency response services in connection with the Deepwater Horizon/BP Macondo Well Incident. O’Brien’s Response Management, L.L.C. (“ORM”), a subsidiary of the Company, and National Response Corporation (“NRC”), which was a subsidiary of the Company at the time of the incident operating in the Company’s now discontinued Environmental Services segment (the Company subsequently sold NRC to J.F. Lehman & Company (“JFL”)) are currently defendants in litigation arising from the Deepwater Horizon/BP Macondo Well Incident. Although companies are generally exempt in the United States from liability under the CWA for their own actions and omissions in providing spill response services, this exemption might not apply if a company were found to have been grossly negligent or to have engaged in willful misconduct, or if it were to have failed to provide these services consistent with the National Contingency Plan or as otherwise directed under the CWA. In addition, the exemption under the CWA would not protect a company against liability for personal injury or wrongful death claims, or against prosecution under other federal or state laws. All of the coastal states of the United States in which the Company provides services have adopted similar exemptions, but, several inland states have not. If a court or other applicable authority were to determine that the Company does not benefit from federal or state exemptions from liability in providing emergency response services, or if the other defenses asserted by the Company and its business segments are rejected, the Company could be liable together with the local contractor and the responsible party for any resulting damages, including damages caused by others, subject to the indemnification provisions and other liability terms and conditions negotiated with its domestic customers. In the international market, the Company does not benefit from the spill response liability protection provided by the CWA and, therefore, is subject to the liability terms and conditions negotiated with its international clients, in addition to any other defenses available to the Company and its business segments. In connection with claims relating to clean-up operations following the Deepwater Horizon/BP Macondo Well Incident, the responsible party acknowledged and agreed to indemnify and defend ORM and NRC pursuant and subject to certain contractual agreements. See “Item 3. Legal Proceedings.”
If Congress repeals the current $134.0 million cap for non-reclamation liabilities under OPA 90 or otherwise scales back the protections afforded to contractors thereunder, there may be increased exposure for remediation work and the cost for securing insurance for such work may become prohibitively expensive. Without affordable insurance and appropriate legislative regulation

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limiting liability, drilling, exploration, remediation and further investment in oil and gas exploration in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico may be discouraged and thus reduce the demand for the Company’s services.
The Company could incur liability in connection with certain obligations relating to the Deepwater Horizon incident. In connection with the Deepwater Horizon/BP Macondo Well Incident, BP Exploration & Production, Inc. and BP America Production Company (collectively, the “responsible party”) engaged the services of ORM and NRC. ORM and NRC were subsequently made defendants in litigation arising from the Deepwater Horizon/BP Macondo Well Incident. In connection with claims relating to clean-up operations following the Deepwater Horizon/BP Macondo Well Incident, the responsible party acknowledged and agreed to indemnify and defend ORM and NRC pursuant and subject to certain contractual agreements and potential limitations. No assurance can be given that the responsible party will honor its obligation to indemnify the Company under these arrangements. If the responsible party were to fail to honor its obligations, the Company may be faced with significant monetary payments that could materially and adversely affect the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
Negative publicity may adversely impact the Company. Media coverage and public statements that insinuate improper actions by the Company or senior executives, regardless of their factual accuracy or truthfulness, may result in negative publicity, litigation or governmental investigations by regulators. Addressing negative publicity and any resulting litigation or investigations may distract management, increase costs, impede hiring and divert resources. Negative publicity may have an adverse impact on the Company’s reputation and the morale of its employees, which could adversely affect the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
Risks from the Company’s international operations. The Company operates vessels and transacts other business worldwide. Its ability to compete in international markets may be adversely affected by foreign government regulations that favor or require the awarding of contracts to local competitors, or that require foreign persons to employ citizens of, or purchase supplies from, a particular jurisdiction. Further, the Company’s foreign subsidiaries may face governmentally imposed restrictions on their ability to transfer funds to their parent company.
Activity outside the United States involves additional risks, including the possibility of:
United States embargoes or restrictive actions by U.S. and foreign governments that could limit the Company’s ability to provide services in foreign countries or cause retaliatory actions by such governments;
a change in, or the imposition of, withholding or other taxes on foreign income, tariffs or restrictions on foreign trade and investment;
limitations on the repatriation of earnings or currency exchange controls and import/export quotas;
unwaivable, burdensome local cabotage and local ownership laws and requirements;
nationalization, expropriation, asset seizure, blockades and blacklisting;
limitations in the availability, amount or terms of insurance coverage;
loss of contract rights and inability to enforce contracts;
political instability, war and civil disturbances or other risks that may limit or disrupt markets, such as terrorist acts, piracy and kidnapping;
fluctuations in currency exchange rates, hard currency shortages and controls on currency exchange that affect demand for the Company’s services and its profitability;
potential noncompliance with a wide variety of laws and regulations, such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (the “FCPA”), and similar non-U.S. laws and regulations, including the U.K. Bribery Act 2010;
labor strikes;
import or export quotas and other forms of public and government regulation;
changes in general economic and political conditions; and
difficulty in staffing and managing widespread operations.
The United Kingdom (the “U.K.”) held a referendum on June 23, 2016 regarding its membership in the European Union (the “E.U.”) in which a majority of the U.K. electorate voted in favor of the British government taking the necessary action for the U.K. to withdraw from the E.U. (the “Brexit”). On March 29, 2017, the U.K. notified the E.U. that it intended to withdraw from the E.U. as provided in Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (“Article 50”). The terms of the withdrawal are subject to a negotiation period that could last at least two years from the withdrawal notification date. This will be either accompanied or followed by additional negotiations between the E.U. and the U.K. concerning the future relations between the parties.

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The Company faces risks associated with the uncertainty following the referendum, the Article 50 notification and the consequences that may result from the decision to exit the E.U. Among other things, the U.K.’s decision to leave the E.U., along with calls for the governments of other E.U. member states to also consider withdrawal, has caused, and is anticipated to continue to cause, significant new uncertainties and instability in European and global financial markets and currency exchange rate fluctuations, which may affect the Company and the trading price of the Company’s Common Stock. In addition, the exit of the U.K. from the E.U. could lead to legal and regulatory uncertainty and potentially divergent treaties, laws and regulations as the U.K. determines which E.U. treaties, laws and regulations to replace or replicate, including those governing maritime, labor, environmental, competition and other matters applicable to the provision of support vessel services. The impact on the Company’s business of any treaties, laws and regulations with and in the U.K. that replace the existing E.U. counterparts cannot be predicted. Any of these effects, and others the Company cannot anticipate, could materially adversely affect its business, financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
Ocean Services, Inland Services and Witt O’Brien’s rely on several customers and marketing agreements for a significant share of their revenues, the loss of any of which could adversely affect each of their businesses and operating results. As of December 31, 2017, no single customer accounted for more than 10% of the Company’s operating revenues. The portion of Ocean Services, Inland Services and Witt O’Brien’s revenues attributable to any single customer may change over time, depending on the level of relevant activity by any such customer, the segment’s ability to meet the customer’s needs and other factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. The loss of business from any of the Company’s significant customers could have a material adverse effect on such segment’s or the Company’s business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. Further, to the extent any of the Company’s customers experience an extended period of operating difficulty, its revenues, results of operations and cash flows could be materially adversely effected.
Consolidation of the Company’s customer base could adversely affect demand for its services and reduce its revenues. In recent years, oil and natural gas companies and energy companies have undergone substantial consolidation and additional consolidation is possible. Consolidation results in fewer companies to charter or contract for the Company’s services, which could adversely affect demand for the Company’s petroleum and chemical carriers thereby reducing the Company’s revenues.
An increase in the supply of vessels, barges or equipment the Company operates could have an adverse impact on the rates earned by the Company’s vessels, barges and equipment. The Company’s industry is highly competitive, with oversupply and intense price competition. Expansion of the supply of vessels, barges and equipment would increase competition in the markets in which the Company operates. The refurbishment of disused or “mothballed” vessels and barges, conversion of vessels from other uses or construction of new vessels, barges and equipment could all add vessel, barge and equipment capacity to current worldwide levels. A significant increase in vessel, barge and equipment capacity could lower rates and result in lower operating revenues.
If the Company does not restrict the amount of ownership of its Common Stock by non-U.S. citizens, it could be prohibited from operating inland river vessels and barges and tankers in the United States, which would adversely impact its business and operating results. The Company is subject to the Jones Act, which governs, among other things, the ownership and operation of vessels used to carry cargo between U.S. ports. Subject to limited exceptions, the Jones Act requires that vessels engaged in the U.S. coastwise trade be built in the United States, registered under the U.S.-flag and manned by predominantly U.S. crews. The Jones Act also requires that vessels engaged in coastwise trade be owned and operated by “U.S. citizens” within the meaning of the Jones Act. Compliance with the Jones Act requires that non-U.S. citizens own no more than 25% of the entities that directly or indirectly own the vessels that the Company operates in the U.S. coastwise trade. Although SEACOR’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws contain provisions intended to assure compliance with these provisions of the Jones Act, a failure to maintain compliance would adversely affect the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows and could temporarily or permanently prohibit the Company from operating vessels in the U.S. coastwise trade. In addition, the Company could be subject to fines and its vessels could be subject to seizure and forfeiture for violations of the Jones Act and the related U.S. vessel documentation laws.
Repeal, Amendment, Suspension or Non-Enforcement of the Jones Act would result in additional competition for Ocean Services and Inland Services and could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business. A substantial portion of the operations of Ocean Services and Inland Services are conducted in the U.S. coastwise trade and thus subject to the provisions of the Jones Act (as discussed above). For years there have been attempts to repeal or amend such provisions, and such attempts are expected to continue in the future. For example, in a congressional review of Puerto Rico’s financial circumstances and following Hurricane Maria, several proponents of repealing the Jones Act offered bills to exempt the island from the Jones Act. Although the proposals were limited in scope and failed, there is a risk that such legislation could be reintroduced by the special committee tasked with overseeing Puerto Rico’s financial reorganization, which could lead to broader legislation affecting other aspects of the Jones Act.
Under certain conditions, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security can grant waivers of the Jones Act to foreign vessel operators. Thus far, the Secretary has granted waivers only for relatively short periods in connection with natural disasters and

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the transportation of petroleum released from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Nonetheless, future waivers, particularly if for longer periods, could result in increased competition, which could negatively impact the Company’s Jones Act operations.
Repeal, substantial amendment or waiver of provisions of the Jones Act could significantly adversely affect the Company by, among other things, resulting in additional competition from competitors with lower operating costs, because of their ability to use vessels built in lower-cost foreign shipyards, owned and manned by foreign nationals with promotional foreign tax incentives and with lower wages and benefits than U.S. citizens. In addition, the Company’s advantage as a U.S.-citizen operator of Jones Act vessels could be eroded by periodic efforts and attempts by foreign interests to circumvent certain aspects of the Jones Act. If maritime cabotage services were included in the General Agreement on Trade in Services, the North American Free Trade Agreement or other international trade agreements, or if the restrictions contained in the Jones Act were otherwise altered, the shipping of maritime cargo between covered U.S. ports could be opened to foreign-flag or foreign-built vessels. Because foreign vessels may have lower construction costs and operate at significantly lower costs than companies operating in the U.S. coastwise trade, such a change could significantly increase competition in the U.S. coastwise trade, which would likely have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
The Company’s investment in Jones Act petroleum and chemical carriers could be negatively impacted if the Jones Act is suspended or repealed, or if the price of natural gas increase to levels that reduce the competitiveness of U.S. refineries. The investment in Jones Act product carriers could also be improvident if all existing tankers and tank barges are replaced with additional newly built equipment when they come to the end of their economic life. The repeal on December 18, 2015 of the law previously restricting the export of U.S. crude oil may have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial position, results of operations and cash flows. The Company also has a significant investment in a company that uses specialized vessels in the foreign Liquefied Petroleum Gas (“LPG”) trade. If the expected rise in production of LPG in the U.S. does not occur, or if most of the production of LPG is consumed domestically in petrochemical plants, or if the price of propane and butane increases to levels that lower demand, this investment may decrease in value.
Restrictions on non-U.S. citizen ownership of the Company’s vessels could limit its ability to sell off any portion of its business or result in the forfeiture of its vessels. As noted above, compliance with the Jones Act requires that non-U.S. citizens own no more than 25% in the entities that directly or indirectly own the vessels that the Company operates in the U.S. coastwise trade. If the Company were to seek to sell any portion of its business that owns any of these vessels, it would have fewer potential purchasers, since some potential purchasers might be unable or unwilling to satisfy the U.S. citizenship restrictions described above. As a result, the sales price for that portion of the Company’s business may not attain the amount that could be obtained in an unconstrained bidding. Furthermore, if at any point the Company or any of the entities that directly or indirectly own its vessels cease to satisfy the requirements to be a U.S. citizen within the meaning of the Jones Act, the Company would become ineligible to operate in the U.S. coastwise trade and may become subject to penalties and risk forfeiture of its vessels.
SEACOR’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws limit the ownership of Common Stock by individuals and entities that are not U.S. citizens within the meaning of the Jones Act. These restrictions may affect the liquidity of SEACOR’s Common Stock and may result in non-U.S. citizens being required to sell their shares at a loss or relinquish their voting, dividend and distribution rights. Under the Jones Act, at least 75% of the outstanding shares of each class or series of SEACOR’s capital stock must be owned and controlled by U.S. citizens within the meaning of the Jones Act. Certain provisions of SEACOR’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws are intended to facilitate compliance with this requirement and may have an adverse effect on holders of shares of the Common Stock. In addition, the 2.5% Convertible Senior Notes due 2027 and the 3.0% Convertible Notes due 2028 issued by the Company have controls in place that are designed to ensure compliance with the Jones Act.
Under the provisions of SEACOR’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws, the aggregate percentage of ownership by non-U.S. citizens of any class of SEACOR’s capital stock (including Common Stock) is limited to 22.5% of the outstanding shares of each such class to ensure that such ownership by non-U.S. citizens will not exceed the maximum percentage permitted by the Jones Act, which is presently 25%. The Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws authorizes SEACOR’s Board of Directors, under certain circumstances, to increase the foregoing permitted percentage to no more than 24%. The Restated Certificate of Incorporation further provides that any issuance or transfer of shares to non-U.S. citizens in excess of such permitted percentage shall be ineffective as against the Company and that neither the Company nor its transfer agent shall register such purported issuance or transfer of shares to non-U.S. citizens or be required to recognize the purported transferee or owner as a stockholder of the Company for any purpose whatsoever except to exercise the Company’s remedies. Any such excess shares in the hands of a non-U.S. citizen shall not have any voting or dividend rights and are subject to redemption by the Company in its discretion. The liquidity or market value of the shares of Common Stock may be adversely impacted by such transfer restrictions.
As a result of the above provisions, a proposed transferee of the Common Stock that is a non-U.S. citizen may not receive any return on its investment in shares it purportedly purchases or owns, as the case may be, and it may sustain a loss. The Company, in its discretion, is entitled to redeem all or any portion of such shares most recently acquired (as determined by its Board of Directors in accordance with guidelines that are set forth in its Restated Certificate of Incorporation) by non-U.S. citizens in excess

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of such maximum permitted percentage for such class or series at a redemption price based on a fair market value formula that is set forth in the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation, which may be paid in cash or promissory notes at the discretion of the Company. Such excess shares shall also not be accorded any voting, dividend or distribution rights until they have ceased to be excess shares, provided that they have not been already redeemed by the Company. As a result of these provisions, a purported stockholder who is not a U.S. citizen within the meaning of the Jones Act may be required to sell its shares of Common Stock at an undesirable time or price and may not receive any return on its investment in such shares. Further, the Company may have to incur additional indebtedness, or use available cash (if any), to fund all or a portion of such redemption, in which case the Company’s financial condition may be materially weakened.
So that the Company may ensure its compliance with the Jones Act, its Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws permit it to require that owners of any shares of its capital stock provide confirmation of their citizenship. In the event that a person does not submit such documentation to the Company, its Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws provide the Company with certain remedies, including the suspension of the payment of dividends and distributions with respect to those shares and deposit of any such dividends and distributions into an escrow account. As a result of non-compliance with these provisions, an owner of the shares of the Company’s Common Stock may lose significant rights associated with those shares.
In addition to the risks described above, the foregoing foreign ownership restrictions could delay, defer or prevent a transaction or change in control that might involve a premium price for the Company’s Common Stock or otherwise be in the best interest of the Company’s stockholders.
If non-U.S. citizens own more than 22.5% of SEACOR’s Common Stock, the Company may not have the funds or the ability to redeem any excess shares and it could be forced to suspend its operations in the U.S. coastwise trade. SEACOR’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws contain provisions prohibiting ownership of its Common Stock by persons who are not U.S. citizens within the meaning of the Jones Act, in the aggregate, in excess of 22.5% of such shares in order to ensure that such ownership by non-U.S. citizens will not exceed the maximum percentage permitted by the Jones Act, which is presently 25%. The Restated Certificate of Incorporation permits the Company to redeem such excess shares, including those shares issued upon conversion or exchange of the Company’s convertible notes. The per share redemption price may be paid, as determined by the Company’s Board of Directors, by cash or promissory notes. However, the Company may not be able to redeem such excess shares for cash because its operations may not have generated sufficient excess cash flow to fund such redemption. If, for any reason, the Company is unable to effect such a redemption when such ownership of shares by non-U.S. citizens is in excess of 25.0% of the Common Stock, or otherwise prevent non-U.S. citizens in the aggregate from owning shares in excess of 25.0% of any such class or series of the Company’s capital stock, or fail to exercise its redemption rights because it is unaware that such ownership exceeds such percentage, the Company will likely be unable to comply with the Jones Act and will likely be required by the applicable governmental authorities to suspend its operations in the U.S. coastwise trade. Any such actions by governmental authorities would have a severely detrimental impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
The Company’s U.S-flag vessels are subject to requisition for ownership or use by the United States in case of national emergency or national defense need and certain of our vessels participate in the U.S. Maritime Security Program. The Merchant Marine Act of 1936 provides that, during a national emergency declared by Presidential proclamation or a period for which the President has proclaimed that the security of the national defense makes it advisable, the Secretary of Transportation may requisition the ownership or use of any vessel owned by U.S. citizens (which includes the Company) and any vessel under construction in the United States. If any of the Company’s vessels were purchased or chartered by the federal government under this law, the Company would be entitled to just compensation, which is generally the fair market value of the vessel in the case of a purchase or, in the case of a charter, the fair market value of charter hire, but the Company would not be entitled to compensation for any consequential damages it may suffer. In addition, we operate vessels that participate in the MSP, which ensures that militarily useful U.S.-flag vessels are available to the U.S. Department of Defense in the event of war or national emergency. Under the program, we receive an annual fee, subject to annual Congressional appropriations, in exchange for a guarantee that the vessels will be made available to the U.S. government in the time of war or national emergency. The purchase, charter or use for an extended period of time by the federal government of one or more of the Company’s vessels under this law could have a material adverse effect on its business, financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
The Company is subject to hazards customary for the operation of vessels that could disrupt operations and expose the Company to liability. The operation of petroleum and chemical carriers, short-sea container, RollOn/RollOff vessels, Pure Car/Truck Carriers, dry bulk carriers, towboats, tugs and barges is subject to various risks, including catastrophic disaster, adverse weather, mechanical failure and collision. For instance, the Company’s operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea may be adversely affected by weather. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November. Tropical storms and hurricanes may limit the Company’s ability to operate its vessels in the proximity of storms, reduce development and production activity, could result in the Company incurring additional expenses to secure equipment and facilities and may require the Company to evacuate its vessels, personnel and equipment out of the path of a storm. Additional risks to vessels include adverse sea conditions, capsizing, grounding, oil and hazardous substance spills and navigation errors. These risks could endanger

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the safety of the Company’s personnel, equipment, cargo and other property, as well as the environment. If any of these events were to occur, the Company could be held liable for resulting damages, including loss of revenues from or termination of charter contracts, higher insurance rates, increased operating costs, increased governmental regulation and reporting and damage to the Company’s reputation and customer relationships. Any such events would likely result in negative publicity for the Company and adversely affect its safety record, which would affect demand for the Company’s services in a competitive industry. In addition, the affected vessels could be removed from service and would then not be available to generate revenues.
The Company is subject to complex laws and regulations, including environmental laws and regulations that can adversely affect the cost, manner or feasibility of doing business. Increasingly stringent federal, state, local and international laws and regulations governing worker safety and health and the manning, construction and operation of vessels significantly affect the Company’s operations. Many aspects of the marine industry are subject to extensive governmental regulation and oversight, including by the USCG, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), NTSB, EPA, IMO, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Maritime Administration, the CBP and state environmental protection agencies for those jurisdictions in which the Company operates, and to regulation by states, port authorities and classification societies (such as the American Bureau of Shipping). The Company is also subject to regulation under international treaties, such as SOLAS, MARPOL, and the STCW. These agencies, organizations, regulations and treaties establish safety requirements and standards and are authorized to investigate vessels and accidents and to recommend improved safety standards. The CBP and USCG are authorized to inspect vessels at will. The Company has and will continue to spend significant funds to comply with these regulations and treaties. Failure to comply with these regulations and treaties may cause the Company to incur significant liabilities or restrictions on its operations, any of which could have a material adverse effect on its financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
The Company’s business and operations are also subject to federal, state, local and international laws and regulations relating to environmental protection and occupational safety and health, including laws that that govern the discharge of oil and pollutants into waters restricted thereunder. Violations of these laws may result in civil and criminal penalties, fines, injunctions, or other sanctions, or the suspension or termination of the Company’s operations. Compliance with such laws and regulations frequently requires installation of costly equipment, increased manning, specific training, or operational changes, and the phase-out of certain vessels. Some environmental laws impose strict and, under certain circumstances, joint and several liability for remediation of spills and releases of oil and hazardous materials and damage to natural resources, which could subject the Company to liability without regard to whether it was negligent or at fault. Under OPA 90, owners, operators and bareboat charterers are jointly and severally strictly liable for the removal costs and damages resulting from the discharge of oil within the navigable waters of the United States and the EEZ around the United States. In addition, an oil spill could result in significant liability, including fines, penalties, criminal liability and costs for natural resource and other damages under other federal and state laws and civil actions. Liability for a catastrophic spill could exceed the Company’s available insurance coverage and result in it having to liquidate assets to pay claims. These laws and regulations may expose the Company to liability for the conduct of or conditions caused by others, including charterers. Because such laws and regulations frequently change and may impose increasingly strict requirements, the Company cannot predict the ongoing cost of complying with these laws and regulations. The recent trend in environmental legislation and regulation is generally toward stricter standards. The Company cannot be certain that existing laws, regulations or standards, as currently interpreted or reinterpreted in the future, or future laws and regulations and standards will not have a material adverse effect on its business, financial position, results of operations and cash flows. Regulation of the shipping industry will likely continue to become more stringent and more expensive for the Company. In addition, a serious marine incident that results in significant oil pollution could result in additional regulation and lead to strict governmental enforcement or other legal challenges. The variability and uncertainty of current and future shipping regulations could hamper the ability of the Company and its customers to plan for the future or establish long-term strategies. Additional environmental and other requirements, as well as more stringent enforcement policies, may be adopted that could limit the Company’s ability to operate, require the Company to incur substantial additional costs or otherwise have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations or financial condition. For more information, see “Item 1. Government Regulation - Environmental Compliance.”
The Company is required by various governmental and quasi-governmental agencies to obtain, maintain and periodically renew certain permits, licenses and certificates with respect to its operations or vessels. In certain instances, the failure to obtain, maintain or renew these authorizations could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business.
There are risks associated with climate change and environmental regulations. Governments around the world have, in recent years, placed increasing attention on matters affecting the environment and this could lead to new laws or regulations pertaining to climate change, carbon emissions or energy use that in turn could result in a reduction in demand for hydrocarbon-based fuel. In fact, a number of countries and the IMO have adopted, or are considering the adoption of, regulatory frameworks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These regulatory measures or international treaties may include, among others, adoption of cap and trade regimes, carbon taxes, increased efficiency standards, and incentives or mandates for renewable energy and could include specific restrictions on shipping emissions. The 2015 United Nations climate change conference in Paris resulted in the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on November 4, 2016. The Paris Agreement was signed by the United States in 2016

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but, in August 2017, the U.S. State Department officially informed the United Nations of the United States’ intent to withdraw. The Paris Agreement does not directly limit greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Governments could also pass laws or regulations encouraging or mandating the use of alternative energy sources such as wind power and solar energy. These requirements could reduce demand for and increase the cost of oil and natural gas and therefore impact services provided by the Company. In addition, new environmental or emissions control laws or regulations may require an increase in the Company’s operating costs and/or in the Company’s capital spending for additional equipment or personnel to comply with such requirements and could also result in a reduction in revenues due to downtime required for the installation of such equipment. Such initiatives could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
Increased security and inspection procedures and tighter import and export controls could increase costs and disrupt our business. Maritime shipping is subject to various security and customs inspections and related procedures in countries of origin and destination. Applicable inspection procedures can result in the seizure of contents of the Company’s vessels, delays in delivering cargoes, and the levying of customs payments, duties, fines and other penalties. The U.S. government, foreign governments, international organizations, and industry associations have from time-to-time considered ways to expand inspection procedures. Such changes, if implemented, could impose additional financial and legal obligations on the Company, including additional responsibility for physically inspecting the contents of cargoes it is shipping. Furthermore, changes to inspection procedures could also impose additional costs and obligations on the Company’s customers and may, in certain cases, render the shipment of certain types of cargo impractical. Any such changes or developments may have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
Inland Services’ results of operations could be adversely affected by international economic and political factors. The actions of foreign governments could affect the import and export of the dry bulk commodities typically transported by Inland Services. Foreign trade agreements and each country’s adherence to the terms of such agreements can raise or lower demand for U.S. imports and exports of the dry bulk commodities that Inland Services transports. National and international boycotts and embargoes of other countries or U.S. imports or exports together with the raising or lowering of tariff rates could affect the demand for the transportation of cargoes handled by Inland Services. These actions or developments could have an adverse impact on Inland Services.
Inland Services could experience variation in freight rates. Freight transportation rates may fluctuate as the volume of cargo and availability of barges change. The volume of freight transported on inland waterways may vary as a result of various factors, such as global economic conditions and business cycles, domestic and international agricultural production and demand, and foreign currency exchange rates. Barge participation in the industry can also vary year-to-year and is dependent on the number of barges built and retired from service. Extended periods of high barge availability and low cargo demand could adversely impact Inland Services.
Inland Services’ results of operations could be adversely affected by the decline in U.S. grain exports. Inland Services’ business is significantly affected by the volume of grain exports handled through ports in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Grain exports can vary due to a number of factors including crop harvest yield levels in the United States and abroad, and the demand for grain in the United States. A shortage of available grain overseas can increase demand for U.S. grain. Conversely, an abundance of grain overseas can decrease demand for U.S. grain. A decline in exports could result in excess barge capacity, which would likely lower freight rates earned by Inland Services.
Inland Services’ results of operations are affected by seasonal activity. Inland Services’ business is seasonal, and its quarterly revenues and profits have historically been lower in the first and second quarters of the year and higher in the third and fourth quarters, during the grain harvest.
Inland Services’ results of operations are affected by adverse weather and river conditions. Weather patterns, such as excessive rainfall or drought, can affect river levels and cause ice conditions during winter months, which can hamper barge navigation. Locks and dams on river systems may be closed for maintenance or other causes, which may delay barge movements. These conditions could adversely impact Inland Services.
The aging infrastructure on the U.S. Inland Waterways may lead to increased costs and disruptions in Inland Services’ operations. Many of the locks and dams on the U.S. Inland Waterways were built early in the last century, and their age makes them costly to maintain and susceptible to unscheduled maintenance outages. Delays caused by malfunctioning locks and dams could increase Inland Services’ operating costs and delay the delivery of cargoes. Moreover, in the future, increased taxes could be imposed on users of the U.S. Inland Waterways to fund necessary infrastructure improvements, and such increases may not be recoverable by Inland Services through pricing increases. In addition, infrastructure improvements in other such modes of transportation could result in increased competition for inland barge transport relative to other modes of transportation if such other modes of transportation become more economical or accessible. The foregoing risks could make inland barge transport less competitive than rail and other modes of transportation.

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Inland Services’ results of operations could be materially and adversely affected by fuel price fluctuations. For the most part, Inland Services purchases towboat and fleeting services from third party vendors. The price of these services can rise when fuel prices escalate and could adversely impact Inland Services’ results of operations and cash flows.
The Company’s insurance coverage may be inadequate to protect it from the liabilities that could arise in its businesses. Although the Company maintains insurance coverage against the risks related to its businesses, risks may arise for which the Company may not be insured. Claims covered by insurance are subject to deductibles, the aggregate amount of which could be material. Insurance policies are also subject to compliance with certain conditions, the failure of which could lead to a denial of coverage as to a particular claim or the voiding of a particular insurance policy. There also can be no assurance that existing insurance coverage can be renewed at commercially reasonable rates or that available coverage will be adequate to cover future claims. If a loss occurs that is partially or completely uninsured, the Company could be exposed to substantial liability. Further, to the extent the proceeds from insurance are not sufficient to repair or replace a damaged asset, the Company would be required to expend funds to supplement the insurance and in certain circumstances may decide that such expenditures are not justified, which, in either case, could adversely affect its liquidity and ability to grow.
The Company’s inability to attract and retain qualified personnel and crew its vessels could have an adverse effect on its business. Attracting and retaining skilled personnel across all of the Company’s business segments is an important factor in its future success. In addition, the success of the Company is dependent upon its ability to crew its vessels. The market for qualified personnel is highly competitive and the Company cannot be certain that it will be successful in attracting and retaining qualified personnel and crewing its vessels in the future.
The Company’s success depends on key members of our management, the loss of whom could disrupt our business operations. The Company depends to a large extent on the efforts and continued employment of its executive officers and key management personnel. The Company does not maintain key-man insurance. The loss of services of one or more of the Company’s executive officers or key management personnel could have a negative impact on our financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
The failure to successfully complete construction or conversion of the Company’s vessels, repairs, maintenance or routine dry-dockings on schedule and on budget could adversely affect the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows. From time to time, the Company may have a number of vessels under conversion and may plan to construct or convert other vessels in response to current and future market conditions. The Company also routinely engages shipyards to dry-dock vessels for regulatory compliance and to provide repair and maintenance. Construction and conversion projects and dry-dockings are subject to risks of delay and cost overruns, resulting from shortages of equipment, lack of shipyard availability, unforeseen engineering problems, work stoppages, weather interference, unanticipated cost increases, inability to obtain necessary certifications and approvals and shortages of materials or skilled labor. A significant delay in either construction or dry-dockings could have a material adverse effect on contract commitments and revenues with respect to vessels under construction, conversion or undergoing dry-dockings. Significant cost overruns or delays for vessels under construction, conversion or retrofit could also adversely affect the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
A violation of the FCPA may adversely affect the Company’s business and operations. In order to effectively compete in certain foreign jurisdictions, the Company seeks to establish joint ventures with local operators or strategic partners. As a U.S. corporation, the Company is subject to the regulations imposed by the FCPA, which generally prohibits U.S. companies and their intermediaries from making improper payments to foreign officials for the purpose of obtaining or maintaining business. The Company has adopted stringent procedures to enforce compliance with the FCPA. Nevertheless, the Company does business and may do additional business in the future in countries and regions where strict compliance with anti-bribery laws may not be customary and it may be held liable for actions taken by its strategic or local partners even though these partners may not be subject to the FCPA. The Company’s personnel and intermediaries, including its local operators and strategic partners, may face, directly or indirectly, corrupt demands by government officials, political parties and officials, tribal or insurgent organizations, or private entities in the countries in which the Company operates or may operate in the future. As a result, the Company faces the risk that an unauthorized payment or offer of payment could be made by one of its employees or intermediaries, even if such parties are not always subject to the Company’s control or are not themselves subject to the FCPA or other similar laws to which the Company may be subject. Any allegation or determination that the Company has violated the FCPA could have a material adverse effect on its business, financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
The Company’s business and stock price may be materially adversely affected if its internal control over financial reporting is not effective. Under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and rules promulgated by the SEC, companies are required to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of their internal control over financial reporting. As part of this process, the Company is required to document and test its internal control over financial reporting; management is required to assess and issue a report concerning the Company's internal control over financial reporting; and the Company's independent registered certified public accounting firm is required to attest on the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting. In the past, the Company has identified material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting. While all such identified material weaknesses have been remediated, there can be no assurance that the Company will not identify material weaknesses in

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its internal control in the future. Moreover, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements because of its inherent limitations, including the possibility of human error, the circumvention or overriding of controls or fraud. Even effective internal controls can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements. The existence of a material weakness could result in errors in the Company's financial statements that could result in a restatement of financial statements, which could cause the Company to fail to meet its reporting obligations, lead to a loss of investor confidence and have a negative impact on the trading price of the Company's Common Stock.
The Company relies on information technology, and if it is unable to protect against service interruptions, data corruption, cyber-based attacks or network security breaches, its operations could be disrupted and its business could be negatively affected. The Company relies on information technology networks and systems to process, transmit and store electronic and financial information; to capture knowledge of its business; to coordinate its business across its operation bases; and to communicate within the Company and with customers, suppliers, partners and other third-parties. These information technology systems, some of which are managed by third parties, may be susceptible to damage, disruptions or shutdowns, hardware or software failures, power outages, computer viruses, cyber-attacks, telecommunication failures, user errors or catastrophic events. Our technology systems are also subject to cybersecurity attacks including malware, other malicious software, phishing email attacks, attempts to gain unauthorized access to our data, the unauthorized release, corruption or loss of our data, loss or damage to our data delivery systems, and other electronic security breaches. The Company’s information technology systems are becoming increasingly integrated, so damage, disruption or shutdown to the system could result in a more widespread impact.
If the Company’s information technology systems suffer severe damage, disruption or shutdown, and its business continuity plans do not effectively resolve the issues in a timely manner, the Company’s operations could be disrupted and its business could be negatively affected. In addition, cyber-attacks could lead to potential unauthorized access and disclosure of confidential information, and data loss and corruption. There is no assurance that the Company will not experience these service interruptions or cyber-attacks in the future. Recent action by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee and United States agencies indicate that cybersecurity regulations for the maritime industry are likely to be further developed in the near future in an attempt to combat cybersecurity threats. The Company is unable to predict the impact of such regulations at this time. Further, as the methods of cyber-attacks continue to evolve, the Company may be required to expend additional resources to continue to modify or enhance its protective measures or to investigate and remediate any vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks.
Significant exercises of stock options or conversion of convertible debt could adversely affect the market price of the Company’s Common Stock. As of December 31, 2017, the Company had 17,939,627 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding; however, the total number of shares of the Company’s Common Stock issued and outstanding does not include shares reserved for issuance under the Company’s stock plans, including upon the exercise of options issued under such plans, or shares issuable upon the exchange or conversion of the Company’s convertible debt. The exercise of outstanding options, the issuance of shares reserved for issuance under the Company’s Stock Plans and the conversion of convertible debt instruments could adversely affect the price of the Company’s Common Stock, will reduce the percentage of Common Stock held by the Company’s current stockholders and may cause its current stockholders to suffer significant dilution, which may adversely affect the market.
The Company’s ability to access capital markets could be limited. From time to time, the Company may need to access the capital markets to obtain long-term and short-term financing. However, the Company’s ability to access the capital markets for long-term financing could be limited by among other things, its existing capital structure, its credit ratings and the health of the shipping, response and overall oil and gas industry. In addition, many of the factors that affect the Company’s ability to access the capital markets, such as the liquidity of the overall capital markets and the state of the economy and are outside of the Company’s control. To the extent required to do so, no assurance can be given that the Company will be able to access to the capital markets on acceptable terms.
ITEM 1B.
UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
None.

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ITEM 2.
PROPERTIES
Petroleum and chemical carriers, dry bulk carriers, PCTCs, harbor and offshore towboats and barges, RORO vessels and barges, inland river towboats and barges, terminals and servicing facilities are the principal physical properties owned by the Company and are more fully described in “Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services” and “Inland Transportation & Logistics Services” in “Item 1. Business.”
ITEM 3.
LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
During 2012, the Company sold National Response Corporation (“NRC”), NRC Environmental Services Inc., SEACOR Response Ltd., and certain other subsidiaries to J.F. Lehman & Company, a private equity firm (the “SES Business Transaction”).
On December 15, 2010, ORM and NRC were named as defendants in one of the several “master complaints” filed in the overall multi-district litigation relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response and clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico, which is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (the “MDL”). The “B3” master complaint naming ORM and NRC asserted various claims on behalf of a putative class against multiple defendants concerning the clean-up activities generally and the use of dispersants specifically. Both prior to and following the filing of the aforementioned master complaint, individual civil actions naming the Company, ORM, and/or NRC alleging B3 exposure-based injuries and/or damages were consolidated with the MDL and stayed pursuant to court order. The Company has continually taken the position that all of the B3 claims asserted against it, ORM, and NRC have no merit. On February 16, 2016, all but eleven B3 claims against ORM and NRC were dismissed with prejudice (the “B3 Dismissal Order”). On August 2, 2016, the Court granted an omnibus motion for summary judgment as it concerns ORM and NRC in its entirety, dismissing the remaining eleven plaintiffs’ against ORM and NRC with prejudice (the “Remaining Eleven Plaintiffs’ Dismissal Order”). The deadline to appeal both of these orders has expired.
Although the claims in the MDC have since been dismissed or otherwise resolved, the only remaining claim is the following:
On April 8, 2013, the Company, ORM, and NRC were named as defendants in William and Dianna Fitzgerald v. BP Exploration et al., No. 2:13-CV-00650 (E.D. La.) (the “Fitzgerald Action”), which is a suit by a husband and wife whose son allegedly participated in the clean-up effort and became ill as a result of his exposure to oil and dispersants. While the decedent in the Fitzgerald Action’s claims against ORM and NRC were dismissed by virtue of the Remaining Eleven Plaintiffs’ Dismissal Order, the claim as against the Company remains stayed.
Following a status conference with the Court on February 17, 2017, the Court issued several new pretrial orders in connection with the remaining claims in the MDL.
On July 18, 2017, the Court issued an order dismissing all remaining “B3” claims in the MDL with prejudice, with the exception of certain claims specifically listed on an exhibit annexed to the order (the “Master MDL B3 Dismissal Order”). Nathan Fitzgerald, the decedent in the Fitzgerald Action, was listed on the exhibit annexed to the Master MDL B3 Dismissal Order and so this claim against the Company remains pending. The Company is unable to estimate the potential exposure, if any, resulting from this matter, to the extent it remains viable, but believes it is without merit and does not expect that it will have a material effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
On February 18, 2011, Triton Asset Leasing GmbH, Transocean Holdings LLC, Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc., and Transocean Deepwater Inc. (collectively “Transocean”) named ORM and NRC as third-party defendants in a Rule 14(c) Third-Party Complaint in Transocean’s own Limitation of Liability Act action, which is part of the overall MDL, tendering to ORM and NRC the claims in the referenced master complaint that have already been asserted against ORM and NRC. Transocean, Cameron International Corporation (“Cameron”), Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., and M-I L.L.C. (“M-I”) also filed cross-claims against ORM and NRC for contribution and tort indemnity should they be found liable for any damages in Transocean's Limitation of Liability Act action and ORM and NRC asserted counterclaims against those same parties for identical relief. The remainder of the aforementioned cross-claims in Transocean’s limitation action remain pending, although the Company believes that the potential exposure, if any, resulting from these matters has been reduced as a result of the various developments in the MDL, including the B3 Dismissal Order and Remaining Eleven Plaintiffs’ Dismissal Order, and does not expect that these matters will have a material effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
On November 16, 2012, 668 individuals who served as beach clean-up workers in Escambia County, Florida during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response commenced a civil action in the Circuit Court for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida, in and for Escambia County, Abney et al. v. Plant Performance Services, LLC et al., No. 2012-CA-002947, in which they allege, among other things, that ORM and other defendants engaged in the contamination of Florida waters and beaches in violation of Florida Statutes Chapter 376 and injured the Plaintiffs by exposing them to dispersants during the course and scope of their employment. This case was removed to federal court and ultimately consolidated with the MDL on April 2, 2013. On April 22, 2013, a companion case to this matter was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Abood et al. v. Plant Performance

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Services, LLC et al., No. 3:13-CV-00284 (N.D. Fla.), which alleges identical allegations against the same parties but names an additional 174 Plaintiffs, all of whom served as clean-up workers in various Florida counties during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. This case was consolidated with the MDL on May 10, 2013. By court order, both of these matters were then stayed since they were consolidated with the MDL. The names of only a very small percentage of the claimants in these two matters appear to be listed on the exhibit to the Master MDL B3 Dismissal Order and the Court has denied the other plaintiffs’ request for reconsideration, which has since been appealed. The Company believes that the original B3 Dismissal Order should reduce the potential exposure resulting from, if not bar, claims against ORM stemming from these matters and does not expect that these matters will have a material effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
Separately, on March 2, 2012, the Court announced that BP Exploration and BP America Production Company (“BP America”) (collectively “BP”) and the Plaintiffs had reached an agreement on the terms of two proposed class action settlements that will resolve, among other things, Plaintiffs’ economic loss claims and clean-up related claims against BP. Both settlements were granted final approval by the Court, all appeals have concluded, and the deadline for submitting claims with respect to both settlements has passed. Although neither the Company, ORM, nor NRC are parties to the settlement agreements, the Company, ORM, and NRC are listed as released parties on the releases accompanying both settlement agreements. Consequently, class members who did not file timely requests for exclusion are barred from pursuing economic loss, property damage, personal injury, medical monitoring, and/or other released claims against the Company, ORM, and NRC. The Company believes these settlements have reduced the potential exposure, if any, in connection with the various cases relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response and clean-up and continues to evaluate the settlements’ impacts on these cases.
In the ordinary course of the Company’s business, it may agree to indemnify the counterparty to an agreement. If the indemnified party makes a successful claim for indemnification, the Company would be required to reimburse that party in accordance with the terms of the indemnification agreement. Indemnification agreements generally, but not always, are subject to threshold amounts, specified claim periods and other restrictions and limitations.
In connection with the SES Business Transaction, the Company remains contingently liable for certain obligations, including potential liabilities relating to work performed in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. Pursuant to the agreement governing the sale, the Company’s potential liability to the purchaser may not exceed the consideration received by the Company for the SES Business Transaction. The Company is currently indemnified under contractual agreements with BP for the potential liabilities relating to work performed in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response.
In the ordinary course of its business, the Company becomes involved in various other litigation matters including, among other things, claims by third parties for alleged property damages and personal injuries. Management has used estimates in determining the Company’s potential exposure to these matters and has recorded reserves in its financial statements related thereto where appropriate. It is possible that a change in the Company’s estimates of that exposure could occur, but the Company does not expect such changes in estimated costs would have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
ITEM 4.
MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT
Officers of SEACOR serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. The name, age and offices held by each of the executive officers of SEACOR as of December 31, 2017 were as follows:
Name
 
Age
 
Position
Charles Fabrikant
 
73
 
Executive Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, and a director of SEACOR and several of its subsidiaries. Effective February 23, 2015, Mr. Fabrikant was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer a position he had resigned from in September 2010 when he was designated Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Fabrikant is a director of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., a contract oil and gas driller, Hawker Pacific Airservices, Limited, an aviation sales product support company, Era Group Inc., a helicopter leasing company and SEACOR Marine. In addition, he is President of Fabrikant International Corporation, a privately owned corporation engaged in marine investments. Fabrikant International Corporation may be deemed an affiliate of SEACOR.
Bruce Weins
 
49
 
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SEACOR since June 1, 2017. From February 2015 to June 1, 2017, Mr. Weins was Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of SEACOR. From July 2005 to February 2015, Mr. Weins was Corporate Controller of SEACOR. Mr. Weins served as Controller of Seabulk International, Inc. (“Seabulk”) from January 2005 to July 2005 when it merged with SEACOR. Prior to joining Seabulk, from September 1995 to December 2004, Mr. Weins was employed by Deloitte & Touche LLP, most recently as a Senior Manager. In addition, Mr. Weins is an officer and director of certain SEACOR subsidiaries.
Eric Fabrikant
 
37
 
Chief Operating Officer of SEACOR since February 23, 2015, from May 2009 through February 2015, Mr. Fabrikant was a Vice President of SEACOR. From 2004 through May 2009, Mr. Fabrikant held various positions at Nabors Industries. In addition, Mr. Fabrikant is an officer and director of certain SEACOR subsidiaries.
Bill Long
 
51
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of SEACOR since April 2016. From August 2015 to April 2016, Mr. Long served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of GulfMark Offshore, Inc. Mr. Long was employed by Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc, from March 1997 through June 2014, last holding the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from October 2006 until June 2014.

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PART II
ITEM 5.
MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Market for the Company’s Common Stock
SEACOR’s Common Stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the trading symbol “CKH.” Set forth in the table below for the periods presented are the high and low sale prices for SEACOR’s Common Stock.
 
 
HIGH
 
LOW
Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2018:
 
 
 
 
First Quarter (through February 23, 2018)
 
$
50.36

 
$
40.59

Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2017:
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
$
76.32

 
$
63.88

Second Quarter
 
$
69.34

 
$
31.90

Third Quarter
 
$
46.77

 
$
33.35

Fourth Quarter
 
$
51.59

 
$
44.06

Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2016:
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
$
54.69

 
$
41.24

Second Quarter
 
$
62.93

 
$
50.85

Third Quarter
 
$
61.13

 
$
53.89

Fourth Quarter
 
$
73.52

 
$
45.49

As of February 23, 2018, there were 118 holders of record of Common Stock.
The Company has not paid cash dividends to holders of its common stock during the past two years and currently does not intend on paying any such dividend for the foreseeable future. Any payment of future dividends will be at the discretion of SEACOR’s Board of Directors and will depend upon, among other factors, the Company’s earnings, financial condition, current and anticipated capital requirements, plans for expansion, level of indebtedness and contractual restrictions, including the provisions of the Company’s other then-existing indebtedness. The payment of future cash dividends, if any, would be made only from assets legally available.
On June 1, 2017, the Company completed the Spin-off of SEACOR Marine by means of a dividend of all of the issued and outstanding common stock of SEACOR Marine to SEACOR’s shareholders. In the Spin-off, holders of SEACOR Common Stock received approximately 1.005 shares of SEACOR Marine common stock for each share of SEACOR Common Stock held as of the record date for the Spin-off. On December 20, 2017, the Company distributed 3,977,135 shares of Dorian LPG Ltd. (“Dorian”) to its stockholders with each holder of Common Stock receiving approximately 0.2215 shares of Dorian common stock for each share of SEACOR Common Stock held as of the record date for such distribution.

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Performance Graph
Set forth in the graph below is a comparison of the cumulative total return that a hypothetical investor would have earned assuming the investment of $100 over the five-year period commencing on December 31, 2012 in (i) the Common Stock of the Company, (ii) the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index (“S&P 500”) (iii) peer issuers and (iv) the Simmons Offshore Transportation Services Index an index of oil service companies published by Simmons and Company International Limited (the “Simmons Index”). Following the Spin-off of SEACOR Marine, the Company no longer considers the Simmons Index to be reflective of its competitive space as it is more heavily weighted toward the offshore market, which the Company no longer competes in. As a result, the Company will no longer include the Simmons Index in its future annual reports. The information set forth in the graph below shall be considered “furnished” but not “filed” for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
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Total Return Since December 31,(1)
 
2012
 
2013
 
2014
 
2015
 
2016
 
2017
Company
100

 
140

 
114

 
81

 
110

 
114

S&P 500
100

 
132

 
150

 
153

 
171

 
208

Peer Issuers(2)
100

 
124

 
124

 
105

 
103

 
94

Simmons Index(3)
100

101,000

133

103,000

94

105,000

43

 
38

 
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(1)
Assumes the reinvestment of dividends.
(2)
The Peer Issuers group is comprised of publicly-traded firms participating in the U.S. Jones Act Marine Transportation and Project Markets. Such firms were selected on an industry and line-of-business basis. The Peer Issuers data is calculated as a simple average percentage in share prices and includes the following companies: SEACOR Holdings Inc., Kirby Corporation, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc., Matson Inc. and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation.
(3)
Simmons Peer Index includes the following companies: Bourbon S.A., Bristow Group Inc., PHI Inc., Tidewater Inc., Gulfmark Offshore, Inc., Kirby Corporation, Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. Solstad Offshore ASA and DOF ASA. Because of the Spin-off of SEACOR Marine, the Company no longer considers the Simmons Index to be reflective of its competitive space.

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Issuer Repurchases of Equity Securities
SEACOR’s Board of Directors previously approved a securities repurchase plan that authorizes the Company to acquire its Common Stock, 7.375% Senior Notes, 3.0% Convertible Senior Notes and 2.5% Convertible Senior Notes (collectively the "Securities"), which may be acquired through open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions or otherwise, depending on market conditions.
During the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, the Company acquired no shares of Common Stock for treasury under the Securities repurchase plan. During the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company acquired for treasury 1,162,955 shares of Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $72.4 million. On November 15, 2016, SEACOR’s Board of Directors increased the Company’s repurchase authority for the Securities to $150.0 million. As of December 31, 2017, SEACOR had remaining authorization for Securities repurchases of $77.4 million.
During the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, the Company acquired for treasury 212,659, 47,455 and 40,859 shares of Common Stock, respectively, for aggregate purchase prices of $12.3 million, $2.4 million and $3.0 million, respectively, from its employees to cover their tax withholding obligations related to share award transactions. These shares were purchased in accordance with the terms of the Company’s Share Incentive Plans and not pursuant to the repurchase authorizations granted by SEACOR’s Board of Directors.
This following table provides information with respect to purchases by the Company of shares of its Common Stock during the three months ended December 31, 2017:
Period
Total Number of
Shares
Purchased
 
Average Price
Paid Per Share
 
Total Number of Shares
Purchased as Part of
Publicly  Announced
Plans or Programs
 
Maximum Value of
Shares that may Yet
be Purchased under
the Plans or Programs
10/01/17 – 10/31/17

 
$

 

 
$
77,380,819

11/01/17 – 11/30/17

 
$

 

 
$
77,380,819

12/01/17 – 12/31/17

 
$

 

 
$
77,380,819


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ITEM 6.
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
SELECTED HISTORICAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION.
The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, selected historical consolidated financial data for the Company (in thousands, except per share data). Such financial data should be read in conjunction with “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” included in Parts II and IV, respectively, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
 
Years Ended December 31,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Operating Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ocean Services
 
$
352,876

 
$
229,643

 
$
227,142

 
$
214,316

 
$
194,184

Inland Services
 
175,496

 
167,543

 
230,482

 
253,150

 
215,613

Witt O’Brien’s (1)
 
49,156

 
42,916

 
49,984

 
27,691

 

Other
 
464

 
482

 
14,506

 
62,045

 
79,532

Eliminations and Corporate
 
(101
)
 
(119
)
 
(127
)
 

 

 
 
$
577,891

 
$
440,465

 
$
521,987

 
$
557,202

 
$
489,329

Operating Income (Loss)
 
$
50,483

 
$
(9,700
)
 
$
43,289

 
$
54,666

 
$
10,658

Other Income (Expenses):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net interest expense
 
$
(32,983
)
 
(24,163
)
 
$
(19,885
)
 
$
(21,798
)
 
$
(24,759
)
Other (2)
 
17,705

 
(58,373
)
 
(25,155
)
 
11,954

 
(1,084
)
 
 
$
(15,278
)
 
$
(82,536
)
 
$
(45,040
)
 
$
(9,844
)
 
$
(25,843
)
Net Income (Loss) attributable to SEACOR Holdings Inc.:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
$
82,849

 
$
(94,091
)
 
$
(53,839
)
 
$
22,350

 
$
(20,699
)
Discontinued operations
 
(21,206
)
 
(121,806
)
 
(14,943
)
 
77,782

 
57,669

 
 
$
61,643

 
$
(215,897
)
 
$
(68,782
)
 
$
100,132

 
$
36,970

Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share of SEACOR Holdings Inc.:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
$
4.77

 
$
(5.56
)
 
$
(3.09
)
 
$
1.16

 
$
(1.04
)
Discontinued operations
 
(1.22
)
 
(7.20
)
 
(0.85
)
 
4.02

 
2.90

 
 
$
3.55

 
$
(12.76
)
 
$
(3.94
)
 
$
5.18

 
$
1.86

Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share of SEACOR Holdings Inc.:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
$
4.24

 
$
(5.56
)
 
$
(3.09
)
 
$
1.13

 
$
(1.04
)
Discontinued operations
 
(0.93
)
 
(7.20
)
 
(0.85
)
 
3.94

 
2.90

 
 
$
3.31

 
$
(12.76
)
 
$
(3.94
)
 
$
5.07

 
$
1.86

Statement of Cash Flows Data – provided by (used in):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
$
107,575

 
$
39,806

 
$
131,812

 
$
77,322

 
$
67,251

Discontinued operations
 
12,811

 
41,206

 
(16,143
)
 
31,126

 
138,797

Investing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
115,133

 
(90,411
)
 
(65,769
)
 
(313,986
)
 
(116,617
)
Discontinued operations
 
2,720

 
(21,581
)
 
(92,615
)
 
89,628

 
(22,653
)
Financing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
(249,646
)
 
(79,327
)
 
(75,347
)
 
(48,594
)
 
233,965

Discontinued operations
 
(7,149
)
 
12,290

 
160,513

 
(8,581
)
 
(25,408
)
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
956

 
(2,928
)
 
(1,974
)
 
(2,728
)
 
98

Discontinued operations
 
208

 
437

 
(118
)
 
(373
)
 
522

Capital expenditures of continuing operations
(included in investing activities)
 
(114,595
)
 
(252,806
)
 
(203,453
)
 
(274,016
)
 
(83,434
)
Balance Sheet Data (at period end):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, marketable securities and
title XI and construction reserve funds
 
$
336,328

 
$
410,777

 
$
582,633

 
$
523,516

 
$
638,493

Total assets
 
1,613,336

 
2,862,321

 
3,185,419

 
3,234,373

 
3,103,165

Long-term debt, less current portion
 
501,505

 
631,084

 
853,732

 
794,485

 
782,974

Total SEACOR Holdings Inc. stockholders’ equity
 
623,683

 
1,060,892

 
1,270,820

 
1,399,494

 
1,400,852

______________________
(1)
On July 11, 2014, the Company acquired a 100% controlling interest in Witt O’Brien’s.
(2)
Other principally includes unrealized and realized gains and losses from debt extinguishment, marketable securities, derivatives and foreign currency transactions.

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ITEM 7.
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations below presents the Company’s operating results for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2017, and its financial condition as of December 31, 2017. Certain statements in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations constitute forward looking statements. See “Forward Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Overview
The Company’s operations are divided into three main business segments – Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services (“Ocean Services”), Inland Transportation & Logistics Services (“Inland Services”) and Witt O’Brien’s. The Company also has activities that are referred to and described under Other that primarily includes lending and leasing activities and noncontrolling investments in various other businesses.
Discontinued Operations. On June 1, 2017, the Company completed the Spin-off of SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc., the company that operated SEACOR’s Offshore Marine Services business segment, by means of a dividend of all the issued and outstanding common stock of SEACOR Marine to SEACOR’s shareholders. For all periods presented herein, the Company has reported the historical financial position, results of operations and cash flows of SEACOR Marine as discontinued operations.
On July 3, 2017, the Company completed the sale of its 70% interest in ICP, the company that operated SEACOR’s Illinois Corn Processing business segment. For all periods presented herein, the Company has reported the historical financial position, results of operations and cash flows of ICP as discontinued operations.
Consolidated Results of Operations
Consolidating segment tables for each period presented below is included in Part IV “Note 17. Segment Information” of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services
Demand for Ocean Services’ U.S.-flag petroleum and chemical transportation services and margins are dependent on several factors including the following:
the volumes and location of domestic crude oil and petroleum production and associated refining activity levels in the United States;
the volume and location of domestic retail consumption of petroleum products and commercial demand for crude oil, petroleum products and chemicals;
the impact of competition from domestic pipelines and railroads;
the delivered cost and competitiveness of foreign sourced crude oil, oil products and chemicals; and
the number of U.S.-flag oceangoing vessels eligible to participate in the U.S. domestic trade and capable of transporting crude, petroleum or chemical products.
The available supply of U.S.-flag vessels fluctuates when newly built vessels are placed into service or older vessels are removed from service. Older vessels are typically removed from service when margins are poor and the vessels face regulatory dockings, or when users insist on contracting for newer or more modern vessels. In some cases, loading installations may not accept vessels in excess of certain age requirements, typically 25 years. As of December 31, 2017, Ocean Services believes that third parties have contracted to build one U.S.-flag tank vessel with a 2018 delivery that could compete with Ocean Services’ equipment currently in service. Additionally, Ocean Services believes that there are in excess of 15 vessels capable of carrying 155,000 barrels or more still operating that are in excess of 20 years old, including two owned by the Company, one of which will be scrapped in early 2018.
The demand for harbor towing services is affected by the frequency, size and type of vessels calling within the U.S. ports where Ocean Services’ tugs are deployed. The total number of U.S.-flag harbor tugs in service is hard to ascertain. Operators continue to upgrade their fleets with newly built, larger horsepower azimuth drive tugs to service changing customer requirements. Bunkering equipment is deployed under a long-term, fixed price contracts serving the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas.

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The demand for PCTC, liner and short-sea transportation services is dependent on several factors. Demand for U.S.-flag PCTCs is generally dependent on global demand for automobiles, the operational policies and budgets of the U.S. armed services and demand for U.S. Government cargo transportation. The U.S. Government dictates the number and types of vessels enrolled in MSP, which provides a stipend to offset the higher cost of U.S. crews and operating standards required for U.S.-flag vessels. The U.S.-flag vessels, including Ocean Services’ PCTCs participating in the MSP program are granted priority for U.S. Government cargo over non-U.S.-flag vessels. Demand for liner and short-sea transportation is generally dependent on the volume of development and construction projects, demand for consumer and durable goods, manufacturing activity, and tourism trends within the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), the Bahamas and Mexico.
The demand for dry bulk transportation within the U.S. coastwise trade is dependent upon domestically sourced coal and petroleum coke volumes required for regional power utilities particularly in Florida and demand for phosphate rock and finished fertilizers produced in Florida requiring waterborne transportation to the Mississippi River system. The supply of U.S.-flag bulk carriers which are eligible to operate in the Jones Act trade is limited to 14 vessels which range from 14,000 short tons to 40,000 short tons of cargo carrying capacity, of which the Company owns the two larges assets. As of December 31, 2017, no additional vessels were under construction.
Results of Operations
The number and types of equipment operated, their contracted rates and utilization, and availability for service, taking into account dry-dock requirements and maintenance days, are the key determinants of Ocean Services operating results and cash flows. Unless a vessel is removed from operational service, there is little reduction in daily running costs and, consequently, operating margins are most sensitive to changes in contractual rates and utilization.
Ocean Services’ operating costs and expenses are grouped into the following categories:
personnel (primarily wages, benefits, payroll taxes, savings plans and travel for marine personnel);
repairs and maintenance (primarily routine repairs and maintenance and overhauls which are performed in accordance with planned maintenance programs);
dry-docking (primarily the cost of regulatory dry-dockings performed in accordance with applicable regulations);
insurance and loss reserves (primarily the cost of Hull and Machinery and Protection and Indemnity insurance premiums and loss deductibles);
fuel, lubes and supplies;
leased-in equipment (includes the cost of leasing tankers from lessors under bareboat charter arrangements); and
other (port charges, freight, vessel inspection costs and other).
Vessel dry-dockings are performed in accordance with applicable regulations, or when necessary. Costs are expenses costs when incurred. If a disproportionate number of dry-dockings are undertaken (or not required) in a particular fiscal year or quarter, operating expenses can vary significantly in comparison with a prior year or prior quarter.

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For the years ended December 31, the results of operations for Ocean Services were as follows:
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
Amount
 
Percent
 
Amount
 
Percent
 
Amount
 
Percent
 
$ ’000
 
%
 
$ ’000
 
%
 
$ ’000
 
%
Operating Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United States
283,190

 
80

 
181,854

 
79

 
193,848

 
85

Foreign
69,686

 
20

 
47,789

 
21

 
33,294

 
15

 
352,876

 
100

 
229,643

 
100

 
227,142

 
100

Costs and Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personnel
77,236

 
22

 
46,080

 
20

 
41,559

 
18

Repairs and maintenance
14,296

 
4

 
9,903

 
4

 
10,921

 
5

Dry-docking
10,704

 
3

 
8,133

 
3

 
19,833