Norman McCall, Industry Pioneer



Born in 1924 on the banks of the Mermentau River in Grand Chenier, Louisiana, Norman McCall is an industry legend. He is widely recognized, both domestically and internationally, as a marine transportation pioneer and a groundbreaking innovator in vessel size, capacity and performance.
At age 90 he is still one of the hardest-working men in the industry.

As a young boy, Norman's father owned a small shipping company in an area of the state where the only means of transportation were rough roads or by water. He grew up crewing on his father's 55-ft. utility vessel. Norman spent one year at Louisiana Tech University before enlisting in the United States Navy at the outbreak of WWII. McCall served on the submarine USS Jack, which was credited with sinking 30 Japanese ships. Returning from the war at the dawn of the offshore oil industry, McCall took a job with Pure Oil as a captain on a converted minesweeper doing seismic work in the Gulf of Mexico. By 1947, McCall had purchased his first crew transport vessel and a small utility boat to provide service to the fledgling industry.

In 1969, McCall built the M/V Phylliss McCall, the first of many crew transport vessels to come. The Phyllis is still working today in New York Harbor. Over the years, McCall pushed the envelope on vessel size, power and technology, adding increasingly complex communications and navigation equipment. In the process, Norman McCall's ideas were shaping an industry and today many of McCall's innovations have become industry standards. As a businessman, he earned universal respect for his sense of honor and integrity.

By 1995, the name Norman McCall had become synonymous with large crewboats, and when Mobil Oil needed a fast supply service in Nigeria, the company suggested that SEACOR call on Norman for his expertise. A joint venture between SEACOR and McCall Boat Rentals ensued, and one year later the companies merged, creating a global service in offshore crewboats and setting in motion plans for new technology that would revolutionize the industry.

In 2007, SEACOR launched the SEACOR Cheetah, the first in a line of state-of-the-art crew transport vessels, which brought unprecedented speed, capacity, passenger comfort, technology and safety to oilfield passenger transport. In later years, the Cheetah was followed by the SEACOR Lynx and the SEACOR Leopard, and the SEACOR Puma is scheduled to be in service in the first quarter of 2017, with the SEACOR Panther to launch a few months later.

After more than 60 years in the business, Norman McCall remains focused on vessels and on customer service. Today, the story of Norman McCall is unfinished, but the legend he has become and his legacy are assured. His impact on marine transportation and upon the many lives he has touched along the way is powerful and everlasting.

SEACOR Marine's MCCALL Fast Support Vessels (FSV) of today are far more than just "crew boats," and we take great pride in being the leader of revolutionary technology for these vessels. These advanced vessels can bring over 9,000 BHP (brake horsepower) and reach speeds over 32 knots and range in length from 130 feet to 190 feet.

Customers can match the right MCCALL FSV to their specific requirements by choosing from an array of advanced features such as Dynamic Positioning, Dynamic Ride Control, Controllable Speed Propellers & Monitoring System (CSP), Water Jet Propulsion, high-capacity pumps, boarding ramps to accommodate any dock, environmentally friendly equipment, and cargo deck areas outfitted with recessed deck lighting.

In addition, our customers can choose to meet their high volume cargo demands by selecting a MCCALL FSV that can transport over 1,000 barrels of liquid mud, 1,000 to 3,000 cubic feet of dry bulk material, deck cargos from 140 long tons to 425 long tons, cargo fuel, potable water, and drill water. Our MCCALL FSV vessels can accommodate up to 102 passengers that enjoy reclining business class seats and various entertainment packages such as satellite television.