Tidewater Inc. provides offshore service vessels and marine support services to the offshore energy industry through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels worldwide. The company operates through Americas, Asia/Pacific, Middle East/North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segments. It provides services in support of offshore exploration, field development, and production, including towing of and anchor handling for mobile offshore drilling units; transporting supplies and personnel necessary to sustain drilling, workover, and production activities; offshore construction, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations, and seismic and subsea support; and various specialized services, such as pipe and cable laying. The company operates and charters deepwater vessels, including platform supply vessels, and anchor handling towing supply vessels that are used in transporting supplies and equipment from shore bases to deepwater and intermediate water depth offshore drilling rigs and production platforms; towing-supply vessels for use in intermediate and shallow waters; and crew boats and utility vessels for use in transporting personnel and supplies from shore bases to offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations. It also operates offshore tugs used for towing floating drilling rigs and barges; and assisting in the docking of tankers, as well as in pipe laying, cable laying, and construction barges. The company serves international oil and natural gas exploration, field development, and production companies; select independent exploration and production companies; foreign government-owned or government-controlled organizations and other companies; drilling contractors; and other companies, including offshore construction companies, diving companies, and well stimulation companies. As of March 31, 2016, it owned or chartered 269 vessels and 8 ROVs. Tidewater Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana.