|Beldon E. Fox, Sr.
Beldon E. Fox, Sr., owner of Red Fox Industries in New
Iberia, Louisiana, was responsible for solving one of the offshore
industry’s most pressing and unique problems of the 1970s: handling sewerage
from all offshore manned rigs, platforms, workboats etc. Under an EPA
order, all such facilities had to be provided with a Marine Sanitation
Device (sewer treatment equipment) under threat of having to shut-in
operations. Oversight was provided by the U.S. Coast Guard. At the time,
no such equipment existed and even experts in the field deemed the problem
insolvable. The Red Fox Unit developed by Fox and his team became the
industry standard and for many years was the only device that met Coast
Guard requirements. At one point, over 3,000 installations were in service
worldwide with the company ultimately serving 85% of the U.S. market and a
large share of the overseas market.
24 December 1907
12 January 2003