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O.E. DuRANT’s business has a deep history in the maritime community. In 1901, Oscar A. DuRant assumed the general management of Wilmington, North Carolina’s local ferry boat business. The office was positioned out over the Cape Fear River, at the end of Market Street. As the local farmers were bringing their merchandise to the docks for the ships to purchase, the business evolved into the ship supply business. In 1913, Oscar E. DuRant (son of Oscar A. DuRant) and a business partner named Anderson renamed the business to “Anderson and DuRant, Ship Chandlers.”

In 2022, O.E. DuRANT acquired Coleman Marine Supply in Charleston, SC. Though now doing business under the O.E. DuRANT name, Coleman Marine Supply was in business from 1887 as a full service Ship Chandler offering similar services in the Southeast.

O.E. DuRANT is part of one of the largest privately held maritime companies in the United States. Together Moran, Moran Environmental Recovery (MER), and O.E. DuRANT provide safe and effective marine solutions to government, marine, and energy industries throughout North America and beyond.