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HC2’s Subsidiary, Global Marine, Awarded Extension of the Cable Maintenance Contract for North America Zone

NEW YORK, March 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HC2’s subsidiary, Global Marine Systems Limited (“Global Marine”), the world leader in subsea system design, installation and maintenance, has been awarded an extension of the North America Maintenance Zone (NAZ) submarine cable maintenance contract up to December 31st, 2024. This long-term extension demonstrates the consortium owners’ confidence in Global Marine’s capabilities to deliver highly responsive and well-executed maintenance provision to all members.

“This considerable extension of the NAZ contract speaks to Global Marine’s track record of providing high quality maintenance and its dedication to continuing these important relationships,” said Philip Falcone, CEO of HC2 Holdings, Inc.

NAZ covers a cable maintenance footprint, which stretches from the Eastern North Pacific to the Equator. Global Marine has been providing cable maintenance services from its base port in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada since January 2012 providing dedicated year-round cover to the region. Global Marine’s track record in the North Pacific extends back further, when in 1991 it installed and maintained the first repeatered system linking the US mainland with Japan.

This new contract will see Global Marine expand the cable storage capacity at the Victoria depot in British Columbia. Additionally, the purpose built cable ship Cable Innovator will replace CS Wave Venture from the 1st February 2017, bringing improved DPS-2 functionality. The repair vessel stores strategic spares in its cable tanks to support rapid mobilization in the event of a fault and is equipped with COTDR and deep water ROV capability to support the detection of faults on ultra-long haul systems.

“Maintaining submarine telecom systems is something we are good at and very passionate about,” said John Walters, Maintenance Director at Global Marine. “We are delighted to extend our services in this part of the world. The North Pacific Ocean presents a harsh operating environment in the winter months and the appointment of Cable Innovator to Victoria will enhance our responsiveness to maintain those critical internet services in the worst of weather conditions.”

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About HC2

HC2 Holdings, Inc. is a publicly traded (NYSE MKT:HCHC) diversified holding company, which seeks opportunities to acquire and grow businesses that can generate long-term sustainable free cash flow and attractive returns in order to maximize value for all stakeholders. HC2 has a diverse array of operating subsidiaries across seven reportable segments, including Manufacturing, Marine Services, Utilities, Telecommunications, Life Sciences, Insurance and Other. HC2’s largest operating subsidiaries include Schuff International, Inc., a leading structural steel fabricator and erector in the United States, and Global Marine Systems Limited, a leading provider of engineering and underwater services on submarine cables. Founded in 1994, HC2 is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

About Global Marine Systems Limited

Global Marine Systems Limited, is a leading provider of engineering and underwater services, responding to the subsea cable installation, maintenance and burial requirements of its customers around the world.

With a fleet of vessels and specialized subsea trenching and burial equipment, the company has a 165-year legacy in deep and shallow water cable operations. Global Marine’s primary markets are oil & gas, renewable energy & power, telecommunications and deep sea research.

Global Marine holds the RoSPA Order of Distinction in recognition of 16 consecutive years of outstanding occupational health and safety results.

Global Marine has two longstanding joint ventures in China S.B. Submarine Systems and Huawei Marine Networks and in February 2016 acquired a majority interest in offshore renewables specialist CWind.

www.globalmarinesystems.com

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