Oceans International Announces Merger And Expansion Plans

The merger of Oceans International Corporation, and Shipping Services, Inc., New Orleans, La., steamship agencies serving vessels, owners and operators in Gulf of Mexico ports was announced by Burnell J. Russell, president of Oceans International Corporation.

To be known as Oceans International Corporation, the firm is the result of expansion by both agencies and will continue to serve the shipping industry in the U.S. Gulf ports. The firm also established an office in New York City.

According to Mr. Russell, the merger will afford broader coverage in the Gulf ports, as well as expanded service by the firm for the steamship cargo market. Future expansion plans include opening of a West Coast office.

No changes in management of the two primary offices are foreseen, with the New Orleans operations continuing under Charles J.

Barbot, executive vice president of Oceans International Corporation.

Oceans International Corporation will represent Cook Transportation Systems, Inc.. Figueiredo Line, and will act as U.S. general agents for Sidarma Line with the U.S. Gulf agency for Transamerican Steamship Corporation and Transamerican Ocean Corporation.

The firm's offshore and petroleum industry department will represent American Offshore, Inc., Jackson Marine Corporation and Petrol Marine, Inc.

The New Orleans office will maintain its present address at Suite 204, 442 Canal Street. The Houston office will continue at Suite 1112, 1314 Texas Avenue, with the New York office at 17 Battery Place, and the Galveston representation at the Cotton Exchange Building.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 10,  Feb 1974

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