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A tradition of innovation.
With the first ventures from land to near-shore marshlands and then to out-of-sight-of-land and increasingly deep waters, innovation is our legacy, our present and our future.
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    1920s - Launching a Legacy View Photo Gallery
    1923
    Ralph Thomas McDermott established J. Ray McDermott & Company Incorporated at the age of 24 upon receipt of a contract to build 50 wooden drilling rigs for a wildcatter in Luling, Texas. Knowing he could benefit from his father's long-time experience in the lumber and oilfield construction businesses, Ralph made John Raymond McDermott a partner and the company’s namesake.
    1930
    Expanded the business from its original headquarters in Eastland, Texas, to Luling, Texas, after a boom in oil exploration in the area.
    1932
    Moved the company to Houston, Texas, with the continuing oil boom.
    Provided different services to the oil industry through three McDermott family-owned businesses: J. Ray McDermott & Co., Elmax Construction, and Stall & McDermott.
    1937
    Hired the company’s first construction crew, a team of six.
    Opened a New Orleans, Louisiana, office.
    1938
    Introduced the first use of floating drilling equipment in low-lying marshlands of Texas and Louisiana.
    1939
    Purchased J.G. McMullen Dredging Company and established it as the Olsen Dredging Company.
    1946
    Reorganized the multiple McDermott family business operations into one: J. Ray McDermott & Co., Inc. of Delaware.
    1947
    Designed and installed the first fixed platform made of steel out-of-sight-of-land, in 20 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico for Superior Oil.
    Established a contracting division, which was the major operating segment during the early years.
    1948
    Acquired assets of Harry F. Allsman Company, McDermott’s joint venture partner for several contracting jobs in the Gulf of Mexico, which provided equipment to meet the new demand for offshore construction.
    1949
    Commissioned construction of the first vessel designed specifically for offshore work (Derrick Barge 4).
    The company’s Oil Division was organized.
     
    1950s - Offshore Pioneering View Photo Gallery
    1950
    Installed the first all-concrete platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
    Established a pipeline business and constructed the first Gulf of Mexico pipeline.
    1951
    Installed the first large-diameter, concrete-coated pipeline offshore Gulf of Mexico.
    1953
    Built Derrick Barge 7, the first 250-ton full revolving derrick barge for offshore use.
    Formed a joint venture company with DeLong Engineering Company, which built the first mobile air-jack rig using an elevating device patented by DeLong.
    DeLong-McDermott merged with Southern Natural Gas Company and formed The Offshore Company, a drilling contractor.
    1954
    Constructed the first offshore platform for 100 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.
    J. Ray McDermott & Co. Inc. went public.
    1955
    A McDermott marine crane lift of 800 tons by block-and-fall on the Mississippi River near New Orleans was known as the "largest single mechanical lift ever created."
    1956
    Established the world’s largest offshore fabrication yard near Morgan City, Louisiana.
    Installed a jacket offshore by launching it from a barge for the first time in the Gulf of Mexico.
    1957
    Established a subsidiary in Venezuela to fabricate the world’s first aluminum platforms for the highly corrosive waters of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela.
    1958
    The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
    1959
    Acquired DuPont Fabricators, Inc., which was eventually absorbed by McDermott Fabricators.
    McDermott Fabricators created a Marine department to repair the company’s heavy construction equipment.
    Constructed and installed the first platform to operate in more than 200 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico for Gulf Oil.
    Engineered, constructed and installed the first automated production platform for Venezuela’s Sun Oil Company.
    Installed the first molten sulfur pipeline for Freeport Sulfur in the Gulf of Mexico.
     
    1960s - Expanded Reach View Photo Gallery
    1960
    Designed, constructed and installed the Middle East’s first offshore platform, Arabian Oil Company’s Flow Station and Complex.
    1961
    Established the company’s second fabrication yard and first one outside the United States in Ras-Al-Khafji, Saudi Arabia, of the Saudi-Kuwaiti Neutral Zone.
    Performed jacket installation using the “stacking” method for the first time, a precursor to later multi-piece jackets.
    Constructed and installed Qatar’s (Middle East) first offshore production complex.
    Constructed a subdivision of residential homes in Morgan City, Louisiana, helping curb a housing shortage.
    1962
    Installed the longest offshore pipeline –104 miles across the Gulf of Mexico.
    Installed a large array of metallic and non-metallic samples for a US Navy corrosion study in 6,000 feet of water in the Tongue-of-the-Ocean area offshore Andros Island, Bahamas.
    Installed the first offshore production platform in Cook Inlet, Alaska.
    1963
    Led the first pipeline expansion in the Middle East, with installation offshore Iran.
    1964
    Established main office in New Orleans.
    Eight direct subsidiaries operated under five divisions: Contracting, Oil, McDermott Fabricators, Harvey Lumber & Supply Company, and McDermott Shipyard.
    1965
    Constructed and installed Shell’s PS1 Petroleum Production Complex offshore Qatar in a record-setting 285 feet of water.
    Introduced the first 500-ton derrick barges.
    Raised a chlorine barge that was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico by Hurricane Betsy and delivered it to a safe place for unloading.
    1966
    Acquired 'Dick' Evans, Inc., a diving company.
    1967
    Introduced a new “launch” method for offshore jacket installation due to a trend of jackets becoming too heavy for crane lift. Instead, the jacket was fabricated and transported on its side and launched by slipping it off the barge, ballasting it until it turned upright and then guiding it into place.
    Constructed and installed Egypt’s first offshore platforms and largest-diameter (18 inches) pipe to date in 240 feet of water for the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company’s El Morgan field.
    Established world records for the longest pipelay by crossing the Mississippi River twice (5,200 feet), and the largest pipeline − 40-inch diameter with a 5/8-inch thick concrete coating, weighing 25 tons per joint.
    Installed the first pipe-in-pipe system for Freeport Sulphur Caminada Mine in the Gulf of Mexico.
    Installed an offshore riser that used the J-Tube method and a pipe tensioning device for the first time.
    Constructed the Qatar Petroleum Production Complex and Tank Farm with full infrastructure, permanent camp, harbor and loading facilities at the deserted Halul Island 65 miles offshore Doha.
    1968
    Installed the deepest and longest underwater pipeline in the Arabian Gulf – 90 miles long in 306 feet of water –for Lavan Petroleum Company.
    Constructed and installed the first four-pile jacket in 306 feet of water for the Arabian Gulf’s Ras Al Khaimah project, setting a record not broken until 1983.
    The oil and natural gas exploration and production operations handled by McDermott Oil Division were transferred to a newly formed subsidiary, Trans Ocean Oil, Inc., with distribution of 5% of Trans Ocean Common Stock to McDermott stockholders.
    1969
    Acquired Hudson Engineering, which had a background in petrochemical process engineering and offshore engineering facilities.
     
    1970s - Setting the Pace View Photo Gallery
    1970
    Established a fabrication facility and offshore support base on Batam Island, Indonesia.
    Moved the Middle East fabrication yard and Marine base from Saudi Arabia to a 100-acre area on Dubai Creek in the United Arab Emirates.
    Completed the spin-off of oil subsidiary Trans Ocean Oil, Inc.
    Outfitted a derrick barge in the fleet with a saturation diving system capable of operating in 800 feet of water. Installed the first Middle East subsea completion wellhead and production facility complex, including laying 70 miles of 18-inch pipe for Iranian Marine International Oil Company in the Rostam field of the Arabian Gulf.
    1971
    McDermott Offshore division moved from Harvey, Louisiana, to Morgan City, Louisiana.
    Completed divestiture of The Offshore Company.
    Acquired Ingram Corporation’s foreign marine construction equipment business, expanding McDermott’s operations into Australia, Trinidad and Brazil.
    1972
    Completed the first dual lift in the Middle East, the 900-ton Shell Oil of Qatar J3 production deck, using vessels from the McDermott fleet.
    Installed three Khazzan oil storage tanks for Dubai Petroleum Company in the Arabian Gulf.
    1973
    Engineered, procured, constructed, installed and commissioned Ju’Aymah Terminal (Saudi Arabia), the world’s largest oil export terminal − comprising 46 miles of large pipelines, 12 pile jackets and three Single Buoy Mooring Systems.
    1974
    Constructed and installed the first skid-mounted refinery in the Arabian Gulf for Qatar’s Umm Said Refinery comprising 22 storage tanks, an LPG bottling plant and 13 skidded units constructed at the Jebel Ali fabrication yard.
    Constructed and installed the first subsea production system for Exxon in the Gulf of Mexico.
    1975
    Constructed and installed India’s first offshore platforms, related pipelines and Single Buoy Mooring in the Bombay High field.
    1976
    Constructed and installed a record-setting 850-foot tall jacket for Exxon’s Hondo field development offshore Santa Barbara, California.
    1978
    Fabricated and installed the 46,000-ton platform for Shell’s Cognac field development in the Gulf of Mexico, with several distinctions:
    • First structure installed in more than 1,000 feet of water
    • First deepwater structure built in three pieces and remains the only three-piece structure today
    • First use of underwater pile driver
    • Achievement award from American Society of Civil Engineers
    Acquired The Babcock & Wilcox Company, a leader in the design and manufacture of power generation and associated equipment.
     
    1980s - Venturing Deeper View Photo Gallery
    1980
    J. Ray McDermott & Co., Inc. became McDermott Incorporated, reflecting a larger, diversified company in acquiring B&W.
    Completed construction of Intermac 650 (I-650), the world’s second-largest launch barge.
    1981
    Engineered, constructed and installed the Union Oil Cerveza fixed platform substructure at a record-setting 955-foot water depth in the Gulf of Mexico, which set a new direction to extend the economic range of conventional fixed platforms. At less than half the weight of the Cognac platform, it could be installed at a similar water depth but as a single piece, meaning lower cost and rapid schedule.
    1983
    McDermott International, Inc. is established as the holding company of McDermott Incorporated and The Babcock & Wilcox Company.
    Installed a 28-inch pipeline across the Norwegian Trench in a record-setting 1,000 feet of water.
    1984
    Completed the first dual lift in Asia Pacific, installing a 3,000-ton production platform deck for Arco’s Java Sea P field development.
    1985
    Moved the Middle East fabrication yard and marine base from Dubai Creek to Jebel Ali Free Zone (UAE).
    1987
    Acquired Mentor Subsea Technologies, Inc., specializing in engineering and project management of subsea infrastructure, umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF).
    1988
    Acquired Derrick Barge 50, the world’s largest self-propelled mono-hull crane vessel with 4,400-ton lift capacity.
    1989
    Installed the deepest pipeline in 1,350 feet of water between Shell’s Bullwinkle and Boxer platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
     
    1990s - Leading Technology View Photo Gallery
    1990
    Engineered, constructed and installed the deepest tripod platform for Arco’s Bima & Ardjuha fields offshore Indonesia in 525 feet of water.
    Performed the heaviest dual lift, the 3,400-ton topsides for the Maxus Intan Widuri P field offshore Indonesia using Asia Pacific region vessels.
    1991
    Jebel Ali facility earned the first ISO 9002 accreditation in the Middle East.
    Engineered, constructed and installed the world’s largest sulfur extraction facility, Main Pass 299, for Freeport MacMoRan Resource Partners in 214 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. Equivalent to nearly 7 acres, the facility comprises six main platforms, nine bridge supports, 13 bridges totaling 5,800 feet, and three separate oil and gas platforms.
    1992
    Constructed the largest jacket (19,000 tons) built in Southeast Asia at the time for the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Goodwyn A platform offshore Western Australia.
    Installed 26 topside modules using special equipment and procedures for ExxonMobil sister platforms Heritage and Harmony, in an environmentally sensitive area, from Aransas Pass, Texas, to southern California.
    1994
    Constructed and installed topsides for Shell’s Auger Tension Leg Platform (TLP), in the Gulf of Mexico, achieving several records:
    • Largest single-piece structure (26,000 tons) in the Gulf of Mexico
    • Deepest offshore field, in 2,860 feet of water
    • First mini TLP installation using segmented tendons
    • First use of J-Lay pipeline technology
    • Received American Society of Civil Engineers’ Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award as “World’s Tallest Manmade Structure”
    Upgraded the Middle East fabrication yard from ISO 9002 to ISO 9001.
    Completed a pipeline for Pennzoil’s Azerbaijan Gas Utilization project, the first offshore pipeline installed in Caspian.
    1995
    McDermott contributed substantially all of its marine construction services business to its newly incorporated subsidiary J. Ray McDermott, S.A.
    J. Ray McDermott acquired Offshore Pipelines, Inc., an offshore marine and construction company.
    Procured and constructed the largest offshore structure in West Africa, using the “bent” assembly for the 6,834-ton jacket and "pancake" framing/assembly for the decks of Elf’s N’Kossa field development in the Gulf of Guinea.
    The Batam Island, Indonesia, fabrication yard constructed the 99-module and 19,290-ton Singapore Aromatics/Foster Wheeler aromatic plant, the region's first such facility.
    1996
    Designed, constructed and patented a laser tracking system for the Pulse Gas Metal Arc Welding process, named J. Ray Automatic Welding System, installing a record 310 single joints of 24-inch pipeline in one day for Shell’s Mars project in the Gulf of Mexico.
    EPCI of topsides for the world’s first production Spar platform at Oryx’s Neptune field in the Gulf of Mexico, 1,330 feet.
    1997
    Constructed modules for the world’s largest and deepest Tension Leg Platform (TLP), the Shell Ursa project in 4,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.
    EPCI of a subsea tie-back including the first High Integrity Pipeline Protection System (HIPPS) for Shell Expro’s Kingfisher project in 360 feet of water in the North Sea.
    Designed and installed the first commercial subsea development in a hostile area of the North Sea for BP‘s Foinaven project west of Shetland Islands, in 1,640 feet of water.
    1998
    Installed the first drilling and production Spar for Chevron Texaco’s Genesis project at 2,600 depth in the Gulf of Mexico.
    EPCI of pipelines and subsea hardware for a TLP floating facility (and installation of the TLP) for British Borneo’s Morpeth field in 1,700 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico marked several milestones:
    • Deepest installation
    • Deepest insulated flexible catenary riser
    • First Mini-TLP using pre-installed tendons
    • First coiled tubing access of subsea production system from surface TLP
    • Deepest water injection riser
    • First inline diverless pipeline tie-in sleds in the Gulf of Mexico
    Engineered, constructed and installed the world’s first non-guyed Compliant Tower in 1,800 feet of water for Chevron Texaco’s Gulf of Mexico Petronius project.
    Engineered, constructed and installed the world’s deepest tripod jacket (670 feet of water) and the Gulf of Mexico’s heaviest dual lift (6,000 tons) for Shell’s Cinnamon project.
    Installed the first offshore piling in the North Caspian Sea for the Boskalis Westminster project.
    Completed the largest hook-up in Asia Pacific for Total’s Bongkot Phase IIIA expansion, taking 13 months and two hookup barge spreads.
    Installed first full-scale offshore carbon dioxide removal system utilizing membrane technology in the Gulf of Thailand for Unocal’s Pailin Phase 1 project.
    Installed the Middle East’s largest deck (6,310 tons) by float-over method in the North Field offshore Qatar.
    Executed a first-of-its-kind construction of 22 trusses and 39 trestle beams in the Jebel Ali yard for the Reliance Jamnagar Approach Trestles project.
    1999
    Engineered a subsea system with the first use of SCRAMS technology in 3,300 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.
    EPCI of four subsea pipelines and manifolds for Shell's Conger field development, including the first 15,000 psi pipeline in 1,500 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico and first use of “snaking,” which eliminated the use of piles.
    EPCI of a gas treatment platform and deepest gas transmission pipeline (354 feet of water) from Mobil’s NSO platform offshore Indonesia to an onshore LNG facility.
     
    2000s - Continuing Success View Photo Gallery
    2000
    Installed the deepest pipeline by S-lay method in more than 3,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell’s Brutus field development.
    2001
    EPCI of West Natuna’s subsea gas transportation system including pipelay of 28-inch pipe at a record-setting rate of 378 single joints in one day for this offshore Indonesia field development in 269 feet of water.
    Installed the deepest and largest-diameter pipe-in-pipe flowlines by J-Lay method for Shell’s Crosby project in up to 4,400 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.
    Engineered the first Buoyed Lazy Wave steel catenary riser in 3,400 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico for the Mariner King Kong/Yosemite subsea flowline and riser system installation.
    Morgan City, Louisiana, was the first offshore platform fabrication facility to receive ISO 14001 certification by American Bureau of Shipping Quality Evaluations.
    Engineered, procured and installed the first truss Spars for Kerr McGee’s Gulf of Mexico Boomvang and Nansen fields in 3,453 and 3,678 feet of water, respectively.
    2002
    Constructed the world’s longest (741 feet) and heaviest (2,204 tons) flare bridge, and installed the world’s first dual jackets (11,000 tons each), transported and launched from a single barge, for the Bayu Undan Gas Recycle Project offshore East Timor, Indonesia.
    2003
    Engineered and installed a subsea tie-back for BP’s Aspen project offshore Gulf of Mexico, including the first use of umbilical hip-reeling in 3,100 feet of water.
    EPCI of the hull and topsides for the world’s deepest dry-tree Spar production platform in 5,610 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico for Dominion’s Devils Tower.
    Constructed the largest integrated topsides (11,960 tons) in the Middle East for the Amenam/Kpono AMPI project offshore Nigeria.
    2004
    Engineered and installed a subsea tie-back that included the world's first mid-line electrical connector assembly for hydrate mitigation of electrically heated pipe-in-pipe flowlines in up to 2,860 feet of water for Shell’s Habanero project in the Gulf of Mexico.
    Constructed and integrated 27,600 tons of topsides for the world’s first LPG Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel and most complex FPSO, comprising 13 process modules, 3 central pipe racks, warehouse and control room buildings, and 120-person living quarters, for the Belanak field offshore Indonesia.
    2005
    Moved McDermott's principle executive offices from New Orleans to Houston, Texas.
    Formed FloaTEC, LLC, the Houston-based joint venture company between a subsidiary of McDermott and Keppel FELS, specializing in floating production engineering solutions and project management.
    Installed the longest pipeline − 223 miles 30-inch and 28-inch gas pipeline − for Azerbaijan International Operating Company’s ACG development, the largest oil field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian basin.
    2006
    Completed a launch from Intermac 650 of the largest jacket ever constructed in China, at 698 feet high and 25,200 tons, for the Panyu 30-1 natural gas field in the South China Sea.
    2007
    Constructed a deepwater fabrication facility in Altamira, Mexico, focused on serving customers in the Atlantic region and Gulf of Mexico.
    Acquired substantially all of the assets of Secunda International Limited, a Canadian company with a fleet of construction support vessels.
    Constructed, procured and installed the central processing platform for PTT Exploration & Production Public's Arthit field in the Gulf of Thailand, which included innovative float-over technology using our Intermac 650 launch barge to install the 19,000-ton integrated topsides.
    Procured and constructed the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project Phase V LNG plant for offshore Western Australia. Totaling 75 modules − 13 pre-assembled units, 56 pre-assembled racks and 6 pre-assembled structures − and 19,290 tons, it represents one of the world’s largest such modularized plants.
    Constructed two of the largest topsides, approximately 17,500 tons each, built to-date, for Azerbaijan International Operating Company’s West Azeri and East Azeri fields in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.
    2008
    Installed the first ice-class floating storage and offloading (FSO) system in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea, including four fully integrated topsides, a single point mooring system, tie-in spools and 36 miles of pipeline for the LUKOIL-operated Yuri Korgchagin project.
     
    2010s - Recent Developments View Photo Gallery
    2010
    Under a transaction with Oceanteam ASA, McDermott has a 50 to 75 percent ownership stake in subsea construction vessels, North Ocean 102 and new-build Lay Vessel North Ocean 105, chartering the vessels for five years with an option to purchase Oceanteam’s shares in both vessel-owning companies.
    Construction started on Lay Vessel North Ocean NO105, sister subsea construction ship to NO102, for flexible and rigid Reel-Lay.
    Joint venture company FloaTEC was awarded EPCI of a Tension Leg Wellhead Platform as a dry-tree solution for the challenging Papa Terra field offshore Brazil in almost 4,000 feet of water – the first Tension Leg Platform-related facility and first dry-tree unit in this deepwater area.
    McDermott completed the spin-off of its subsidiary The Babcock & Wilcox Company.
    Installed topsides for the ATP Titan floating production facility with the first use of polyester mooring in the Gulf of Mexico.
    2011
    EPCI of a central processing platform, associated living quarters platform, flare tripod and three bridges for Chevron’s Platong Gas II project in the Gulf of Thailand included Intermac-650’s largest float-over installation of the 21,000-ton integrated topsides.
    Engineered and constructed the substructure for the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Venture North Rankin B redevelopment project offshore Western Australia, including the largest jacket (25,353 tons) ever built in the region.
    Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan Offshore Engineering Co., Ltd. (McDermott Wuchuan), the joint venture company established in 2008 between subsidiaries of McDermott and state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, opened for business. The 111-acre fabrication facility based in Qingdao, China, provides topsides and modules for the offshore and onshore oil and gas markets.
    2012
    Completed construction and system testing of Lay Vessel North Ocean 105 for flexible and rigid pipelay.
    Awarded EPCI and pre-commissioning of the Ichthys Gas-condensate Field Development subsea umbilical, riser, flowline project by INPEX offshore Australia; the largest subsea contract awarded to McDermott to date.
    Shipyard contracts signed for construction of: (1) high capacity reeled pipelay vessel with top-tier payload capacity, Lay Vessel 108, expected for delivery in 2014; a sister-ship to the subsea construction vessel Lay Vessel North Ocean 105; and (2) a new high-spec, highly capable dynamically-positioned combination S-Lay vessel with a 2,000-ton crane, Derrick Lay Vessel 2000, equipped to support advanced deepwater pipelay operations at depths of up to 10,000 feet; expected for delivery in 2015.
    2013
    McDermott acquires DeepSea – a specialist Subsea engineering company based in London, England allowing it to offer broader specialist subsea services and accelerate the development of the Company to reach global tier one status in subsea project execution.
    Successful float-over of Papa Terra topsides for Petrobras’ first dry-tree and first Tension Leg Wellhead Platform offshore Brazil, in waters up to 3,870 feet deep.