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Supply Boats

Rigs had to be supplied with drilling mud, cement, water, spare parts, groceries and people, all of which required transport. Initially, surplus World War II vessels, wooden fishing boats, shrimp trawlers, and oyster luggers were used. The development of the fit-for-purpose supply boat was a key technology in the development of offshore oilfields. Brothers Alden "Doc" and John Laborde developed the concept of a purpose-built boat in 1955 using a bow wheelhouse and a long flat after deck that became the standard for Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs) for the next 40 years. The Ebb Tide in 1955 was the firs tin the fleet of offshore supply vessels in the world.

Recognizing the pioneering efforts of the following people and companies who contributed to the development of this technology:

Alden J. "Doc" Laborde, John P. Laborde Tidewater


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