Subsea 7 has signed term charters for a string of Jones Act-qualified offshore construction vessels from two Louisiana shipowners in a bid to bolster its fleet on the US Gulf Coast.

The Oslo-listed subsea engineering firm has chartered a trio of ships from Otto Candies after chartering a vessel from Bordelon Marine, according to various media reports.

Subsea 7’s Steve Wisely, senior vice president for the UK and global inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM), said demand for subsea services in the Gulf of Mexico region led to the charter deals.