HISTORY Abe's Boat Rentals has been in business since 1979 with purchase of the Company’s first vessel. The Company was founded by Abraham Ton who settled in America in New Orleans after a long journey from Holland. Like many immigrants, by working hard at various jobs and meeting people, he eventually commenced working offshore and learning the offshore rig and vessel crew and supply operations and building relationships. As his family expanded and he saved his money, he received an opportunity to buy a vessel that could serve the Gulf of Mexico shelf for supplies and crew delivery as the next phase of his American dream. Over a few years, he purchased a second vessel and before he retired he gave his son the same opportunity given to him. His son Hank, who had years of experience managing offshore rig operations and vessels for operators, purchased the two crew boats from his father the "Wager" and "Peter T." This began the second generation of growth of ABR.Since Hank’s purchase of the business and boats from his father, ABR has grown into one of the larger privately owned vessel operators along the Gulf Coast. From the initial two vessels, Abe’s has grown to a fleet of 19 vessels.
Experience All of our captains, engineers, and deckhands are trained, licensed, and certified to handle the job that is requested by our clients. With our 35 years of experience, we understand the more knowledge our employees have on safety and regulations the better they can serve everyone around them. Our employees receive mandated safety training courses and lessons weekly that enable our employees to do the best job to their ability. Additionally, our Director of Operations and Safety is an ex Coast Guard Officer. For the convenience of our customers and to enable smooth electronic approval and communications, we are Members of ISNetworld, PEC, DISA, & ICMA -Grade A in Safety
Vessels Many of our vessels are named after family members and ABR is proud to say we are still a family operated company with extensive offshore operator relationships developed over 35 years. The specifications of our many vessels are incorporated under the vessel tab for easy reference. As one of the oldest privately owned vessel operator with long term Gulf working relationships, our knowledge is extensive. We continue to be eager today to provide value added experienced advice and flexibility to serve our many customers special needs in these changing times. We continue to look forward to growing our business over the next 35 years as the third generation contributes to the business.
Services Today, ABR serves many more markets than when it commenced in 1979 serving offshore rigs. A staple of our business is continuing to provide experience crews and vessels for crews and supplies to rigs but our business segments have expanded to also provide crews and vessels for environmental construction, restoration projects and cleanup, plugging and abandonment, rig decommissioning and other new markets as our general marine transportation.