“Guice Offshore is unique in that we have the technical knowledge and industry experience that enables us to safely navigate that type of voyage and operate in international waters,” explained Billy Guice, a Guice Offshore Principal. “Unlike others in our vessel class, Guice Offshore boats have the right Coast Guard certifications, capabilities and trained crew to operate on both the United States’ east and west coasts, and also travel into international waters.”
Most recently, Guice Offshore’s GO Freedom (pictured) made the complex passage through the Panama Canal’s 50-mile long international waterway to bring critical equipment from the U.S. mainland to the west coast of South America. The project lasted several months.
The Panama Canal’s series of canal locks allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, thus saving a vessel about 8,000 additional miles (12,875 km) that would otherwise be required around the southern tip of South America by Cape Horn.
“One of our competitive advantages at Guice Offshore is having a fleet of vessels in our class size that can actively engage in supporting clients on both coasts of both hemispheres,” Guice noted. “You can’t just send any random vessel through the Panama Canal. It has to be properly crewed and appropriately certified. The GO Freedom has both.”
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