Transport equipment and workers to offshore
CEO Shane Guidry said Harvey Gulf International Marine de Mexico SAPI de CV will seek contracts with existing customers in Mexico's offshore oil and gas market as well as state-owned oil and gas company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.
Oil and gas companies contract Harvey Gulf vessels to transport equipment and workers to offshore well sites and to support drilling operations.
The company's Mexico unit will be based out of Ciudad del Carmen, a coastal oil and gas hub in the state of Campeche. The city sits near the border to the oil-rich state of Tabasco, where the majority of offshore projects will be located.
Guidry said Harvey Gulf is also readying for a pipeline of work from major international oil and gas companies, which are expected to invest heavily in the southern Gulf of Mexico over the next decade.
Mexico is "the new frontier" for the offshore oil and gas industry and Harvey Gulf wants to get an early jump on the action, Guidry said.
"We want to have a presence there with staff and vessels ready to go," he said.
This August, President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law reforms that loosen the grip Pemex has had on Mexico's energy market, part of an effort to boost the country's slowing oil and gas production.