COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
We are subject to various routine legal proceedings in the normal conduct of business, primarily involving commercial claims, workers’ compensation claims, and claims for personal injury under general maritime laws of the U.S. and the Jones Act. While the outcome of these lawsuits, legal proceedings and claims cannot be predicted with certainty, we believe that the outcome of any such proceedings, even if determined adversely, would not have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
MPSV Termination Letter
We received notices of termination of the contracts for the construction of two MPSVs from one of our Shipyard Division customers. We dispute the purported terminations and disagree with the customer’s reasons for such terminations. Pending the resolution of the dispute, we have ceased all work and the partially completed MPSVs and associated equipment and materials remain at our shipyard in Houma, Louisiana. The customer also notified our Surety of its purported terminations of the construction contracts and made claims under the bonds issued by the Surety in connection with the construction of the two MPSVs. We have notified and met with our Surety regarding our disagreement with, and objection to, the customer's purported termination and its claims. Discussions with the Surety are ongoing. On October 2, 2018, we filed a lawsuit against the customer to enforce our rights and remedies under the applicable construction contracts. Our lawsuit disputes the propriety of the customer’s purported termination of the construction contracts and seeks to recover damages associated with the customer’s actions. We are unable to estimate the probability of a favorable or unfavorable outcome with respect to the dispute or estimate the amount of potential loss, if any, related to this matter. We can provide no assurances that we will not incur additional costs as we pursue our rights and remedies under the contracts. At September 30, 2018, our net balance sheet position for the contracts was $12.5 million.
Project Award Protest
During the first quarter 2018, we executed a contract for the construction and delivery of one towing, salvage and rescue ship vessel with the U.S. Navy for $63.6 million, with an option for seven additional vessels, which was subsequently protested by one of the unsuccessful bidders. On July 16, 2018, we were notified that the award was upheld by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and we were given a notification to proceed. On August 6, 2018, we were notified that the unsuccessful bidder had filed a subsequent protest with the Department of Justice. On August 9, 2018, we were granted a partial stay, which allows us to proceed with pre-construction design development, planning, scheduling and material ordering. Construction of the vessel cannot begin until a final ruling is issued by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. We are working with the U.S. Navy to re-establish a timeline for construction under this contract.