Our History


Offshore Liftboats was founded in 2000 by Michael and Annie Melancon. Mr. Melancon was introduced to liftboats by his father in 1978. At that time Mike's father was involved with the designing and building of liftboats. In 1980 Mike attended the Maritime Training Academy, received his Master's License and began working aboard his father's liftboats as a captain. In 1988 he was promoted to 

Operations Manager; overseeing daily operations, safety and personnel.

In December of 2013, Offshore Liftboats ownership was transferred to the third generation of the Melancon family. On January 1, 2015, Mike and Annie Melancon named daughters Vanessa Melancon Pierce and Lauren Melancon, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer respectively. Vanessa has been employed by Offshore Liftboats since 2002, while Lauren began her career with the company in 2011 after her graduation from Nicholls State University.  Offshore Liftboats now serves as the first liftboat company to be both owned and operated by women. 

In 1992 Mike hired Gary Callais, also a Licensed Master and experienced liftboat captain. Within four years of working on the vessels Gary was promoted to the office and spent the following four years assisting Mike with the operations of the company. Both being experienced liftboat captains, Mike and Gary were able to maintain unique relationships with vessel crews as well as customers. Gary was named Chief Operating Officer of Offshore Liftboats in January of 2015.