Press Release

Press Release

by Halter Marine Group Inc
November 12th, 1997

                                                                    EXHIBIT 10.2

                                                                   PRESS RELEASE
                                                         For release: 11/11/1997
                                 Contact: Rick S. Rees, Executive Vice-President
                                                               Tel: 601-896-0029




GULFPORT, Miss...Halter Marine Group, Inc. (AMEX:HLX) announced today the
completion of the acquisition of three companies that have formed the basis of
its new Engineered Products Group. The companies, AmClyde Engineered Products,
Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota; Utility Steel Fabrication, Inc. of Slidell,
Louisiana; and Fritz Culver, Inc. of Covington, Louisiana manufacture and market
winches, cranes, mooring systems, jacks, locking devices, windlasses, capstans,
tuggers and other related equipment used in the construction and modification of
vessels and drilling rigs.

     The combined purchase price for the companies is $60 million, of which
approximately $30 million was paid in cash and the balance in Halter stock.

     In making the announcement, Halter's chairman, president and CEO, John Dane
III, said, "We are pleased that we were able to close these acquisitions
quickly, and to begin the integration of them into Halter Marine Group.  We have
already seen opportunities to cross market many of the products now offered by
our Engineered Products Group to our existing base of rig and vessel customers."

     As previously announced, Dick Juelich, former president of AmClyde
Engineered Products will become the president of the Engineered Products Group.
Halter also announced that in order to respond to challenges presented by
Halter's continuing growth and to ensure that sufficient resources are devoted
to the effective integration by Halter of its newly acquired businesses, it had
separated its internal accounting and banking functions from its external
finance functions.  In this regard, Keith L. Voigts, Halter's principal
accounting officer will assume the additional title of Treasurer, and Rick S.
Rees, the company's executive vice president will assume the title of Chief
Financial Officer.

     Halter Marine Group, Inc. includes 20 shipyards in Texas, Louisiana,
Mississippi and Florida.  The company specializes in the design, construction,
conversion and repair of a wide variety of vessels, mobile offshore rigs, and
engineered products for energy, commercial, government/military and pleasure
boat markets.  Shipyards of Halter Marine Group have built more than 2,000
vessels in the past 40 years.