Jul 10, 2013 4:16 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Edison Chouest (SHWEST) Offshore says it will build more than 40 new vessels to meet growing demand for offshore oil and gas support in the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic and Brazil.
The new vessels continue a build campaign the Galliano-based company launched in 2011. Edison Chouest did not disclose the cost of the newest round of builds.
Most of the construction work will be spread among Chouest's four U.S.-affiliate shipyards - North American Shipbuilding in Larose, LaShip in Houma, Gulf Ship in Gulfport, Miss., and Tampa Ship in Tampa, Fla. - as well as its Brazilian shipyard, Navship.
Chouest operates a fleet of nearly 250 offshore service and support vessels worldwide.