Alden J. Laborde
One year after founding the Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company, Laborde had produced the world’s first offshore mobile drilling rig, quickly setting a new standard in the industry. This was followed by a series of new oil drilling innovations including the first semi-submersible ocean drilling apparatus. To service mobile rigs, Laborde formed the Tidewater Marine Service Company which grew to become one of the world’s largest marine transport operations for the offshore oil industry.

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