The oil and gas industry marked a milestone in 1947 with the drilling
of the first true offshore well. It happened in the open waters of the Gulf of
Mexico, 45 miles off the Louisiana coast. And with that innovation, a new need
was created for vessels to work in the sometimes harsh offshore environment.
Initially, fishing boats and retired World War II military vessels were
pressed into service delivering the tons of equipment, men and supplies needed
to support offshore facilities. Then in 1955, the first dedicated offshore
supply boat was launched.
Two years later, leaders of the evolving offshore vessel industry
came together to form an informal organization to promote their common interests
and represent them in Washington. By 1973, with the industry focusing more of
its efforts both nationally and internationally, the group formally incorporated
as the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA).