Specialty Offshore and Specialty Diving offer full-service commercial diving services and marine construction services for the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico as well as power plants, paper mills, chemical plants, water treatment facilities and dams and bridges throughout the world
Specialty Diving and Specialty Offshore have the experience to provide creative solutions that are custom-tailored to specific client situations. We still continue to be recognized for our innovative process such as the Special Vessel Underwater Examination (SVUE).
Led the Federal Bridge Inspection program working with the Mississippi and Louisiana DOT and federal legislators
Developed innovative work in internal pipeline penetrations, repair, and inspection
Designed and implemented the complete underwater survey process for the USCG's Alternate Hull Examination program or SVUE
Awarded "Safe Sub-Contractor of the Year Award" (2002) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Selected prime contractor to service the New Orleans District as well as multiple districts throughout the United States for the Army Corps of Engineers
Performed exemplary work in times of crisis during Hurricane Katrina and during the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill Recovery Program in the Gulf of Mexico
Growing up in Fargo, North Dakota, owner and founder Deborah Wallace became a certified Radiologic Technologist, and enrolled in scuba diving classes. She eventually pursued a career as a diving instructor. In 1984 when she moved to Louisiana, Ms. Wallace took advantage of an opportunity to expand her career to commercial diving.
Thus, with the aid of another commercial diver and the assistance of a salesperson, she formed Diving Services International, Inc. Recognizing the need for quality dive services, her group would provide underwater inspection and repair for industrial, chemical, government entities and private companies.
By 1991 the business changed to Specialty Diving and continued to grow through its innovative methods, particularly in the area of vessel hull inspections and wet welding for in situ repairs. In 1997 Specialty Diving of Louisiana entered the offshore business and now with its sister company, Specialty Offshore, was fully engaged in servicing the gas and oil industry. In 2000, Offshore extended its marine services and purchased its first vessel In 2009, subsequently adding to the fleet as time went on. The following year, when the disastrous Gulf oil spill occurred, Specialty Offshore was contacted by British Petroleum and after reaching an agreement, released two of its vessels to the oil firm for exploratory use. Essentially, these ships, with teams of scientists onboard, engaged in the research of Gulf marine life and the long-term effects of the spill on the ocean’s ecosystem. During the Oil Spill Recovery Program, USES also contacted Offshore, who through a third party was able to secure 9 barges and 3 tugboats for cleanup purposes. In 2020, the owner decided to replace the older vessels with a newly renovated 4-point anchor dive boat, the DSV Specialty Operator. The vessel is utilized by oilfield and oilfield support companies. The owner continues to diversify and is now in the dredging industry, with assets allowing expansion in this arena, along with the diving services.