Josh Jambon’s Fleet Supports the Harvest of Louisiana Light Sweet

Louisiana had its first successful oil well on land, in a rice field in Jennings, Louisiana.  Called the Heywood #1 Jules Clement well, this precipitated an oil boom in the Louisiana which would birth Josh Jambon generations later.  

By the end of 1905, more than 6,000,000 barrels of petroleum (from the Light Sweet which is Louisiana crude) had been produced.  The first long distance pipeline was finished in 1910 from Caddo Lake to an early refinery in Baton Rouge.  Geophysical techniques emerged much later, techniques which changed Gulf Coast oil exploration forever by showing how oil is trapped underground.  


The innovation of the Hughes rotary drilling bit changed the speed and effectiveness of oil drilling forever by making it possible for micro-paleontologists to study the fossil remains of drilling depths to discover their ages and makeup, thus revealing the possible presence of hydrocarbons. Seismic exploration began in 1923, allowing geologists to study the earth’s depths both onshore and offshore.  Thus, the first over-water drilling rig was established on a barge on Caddo Lake near Shreveport, Louisiana.

The offshore oil and gas industry supported today by the fleet of Jambon Marine Service vessels is now a worldwide phenomenon.  Josh Jambon is a successful businessman in an industry which accounts for 25% of the state revenues of Louisiana, around $1.2 billion.

 The oil and gas industry employs more than 116,000 people, who earn 12% of the total wages paid in Louisiana.  The largest oil refinery on the North American continent is the Exxon refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 The cost of the gasoline refined from a barrel of crude is made up of the cost of exploration, drilling, pumping and refining, as well as the taxes and expenses associated with it.  

One of those expenses are the costs Jambon accrues through his business of supplying the offshore service vessels which work tirelessly to keep offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling providing the energy and jobs which drive Louisiana and the nation.


Josh Jambon Acquires Newest Design in Ocean Class Offshore Support Vessel

Jambon Marine Services has recently acquired the M/V Sunrise 1 from Cosco Shipyard in China, and in the process of completing an ocean class (DP2) of vessels, the DP2-Fili 1, for use in the northern seas and in West Africa when new drilling begins in those areas.  Josh Jambon follows the pulse of oil and gas and notes the movement toward vessels with cleaner designs, more powerful winches and ROV capacities.  Such OSVs are much more capable of supporting deep water operations, and yield higher day lease rates for companies like Jambon’s.  The expense of building new OSVs has increased in the last 10 years due to higher steel prices and a high demand for the vessels.  Better propulsion drivetrains, double hull construction techniques and requirements for better crew facilities have also driven the price of building new offshore service vessels.  


Global financial conditions have also figured into the rise and decline of OSV building and the costs of new building.  OSV suppliers like Josh Jambon are looking at larger and more sophisticated vessels which meet more strict requirements for safety and efficiency, and greater environmental design features, as regulations for drilling in areas like the North Sea are stringent.  Jambon Marine Services strives to create an OSV fleet which offers more robust, cleaner and operationally safe OSVs for the future.

Caterpillar Tier II diesel engines in ocean-going vessels provide propulsion via sulfur diesel fuel.  Electrical power is generated through a Caterpillar auxiliary generator.  DP1 and DP2 vessels are flagged in the USA Registry and may be upgraded to Tier III or Tier IV capability.  With steel construction and high capacities for extended sea voyages, ocean class platform service vessels are uniquely qualified to provide the cargo delivery support so many oil and gas offshore operations look to entrepreneurs like Josh Jambon to provide.   Josh Jambon seeks to soon complete his new 83m, DP2-Fili 1 SOLAS class ships for use in the northern seas and West Africa.

Josh Jambon: On the Importance of Grapes in Wine Making

Josh Jambon is highly-skilled business person who in his free time enjoys scotch and quality wine.

Grapes are the foundation of every wine. They dictate the structure of the wine and they are the foundation of everything that a winemaker will later do to the wine. The alcohol in your wine comes from grapes. The color of the wine comes from grapes. The taste largely depends on the variety of grapes, too.


Grape variety mans the fruit of a certain kind of grapevine. For example, a fruit of the Cabernet Sauvignon wine or a fruit of the Chardonnay vine.

There are over ten thousand of grape varieties in the world. It the wines from all these varieties were commercially available, you could drink a new kind of wine every day for over twenty-seven years!

However, most of the grape varieties are obscure grapes that aren’t a good base for a wine. Grape varieties differ from each other in all sorts of features and attributes. These differences can be divided into two categories: personality and performance. Personality factors are the traits of the fruit itself. Flavor is an example of a personality factor. Performance traits have to deal with how quickly the fruit grows, ripen and so on.

Skin color is the biggest distinction among grape varieties. Every variety is either white or red even though white grapes are yellow and not white, and red grapes are often called black.

Individual varieties differ from each other in the aroma, levels of acidity, thickness of skin and fruit size. For example, black grapes with thick skins contain more tannin that varieties with thin skins.

When grapes aren’t ripe, they contain little sugar and a lot of acids, which also holds true for any other fruit. As the ripening process progresses, grapes become sweeter and less acidic. Their flavors and aromas become more complex. Their skins start getting thinner and even the seeds become ripe.

Varieties of grapes that are particularly suitable for making wine are called noble grapes. They include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, says Josh Jambon.