America's energy security is tied to its offshore oil and gas reserves. The country draws almost one-fifth of our domestic oil and gas from offshore drilling and production. As technology develops, more deepwater drilling requires larger and more complex support vessels, and the offshore world is also poised to become a significant source of wind-generated electricity.
OMSA members are an important part of the nation's energy infrastructure and Gulf region's economy. Their boats account for a significant portion of the local tax base in coastal areas, and they pump dollars into the region's economyTug at work through investments in vessel construction, repairs and supplies. Offshore vessel operators employ roughly 12,000 crew members, who live and contribute in their local communities and pay taxes. According to one study, offshore oil and gas activities help support some 6,000 companies in the U.S. and generate annual wages of $1.2 billion.