Marine link
 
Articles - Offshore Oil - History

Biollinger Adapts To Address Changing Markets

H agement all play a big part in today's L Bollinger Machine Shop & Shipyard, Inc. - a company poised to deliver the products that he domestic and international marketplace denands. Headquartered in Lockport, La. — a geographic region ripe with able competitors — Bollinger has steadily built an impressive array of new build and repair facilities: expanded computerized engineering, manufacturing equipment processes and total marine service support shops have provided services to help it excel.

"It's a world marketplace now," said Scott Theriot, vice president - marketing/sales. He points out that in 1974, roughly 85 to 90 percent of Bollinger's gross sales came from within a 40- mile radius of the yard; today, approximately 10 to 15 percent of Bollinger gross sales come from that same radius.

The Halliburton project perhaps best illustrates Bollinger's prominence on the world market.

This project, in which Bollinger and Halliburton together developed the concept, is a totally new type of self-propelled, self-elevating offshore support vessel, a vessel designed to service offshore oil and gas production platforms located in hostile environments. To ensure its place in the international market, Bollinger is in the process of becoming ISO 9000 (9001) certified. Strong Commercial Roots One point Mr. Theriot wants to make perfectly clear is that Bollinger is a "commercial shipyard which has done military work ... we have never left the commercial market." Unjustly tagged as a "navy yard" by some, Bollinger best exemplified its flexibility last fall at its first ever triple christening — an event which also showed the yard's ability to simultaneously run commercial and military orders.

On September 24, at the company headquarters, two coastal patrol vessels (Firebolt [PC10] and Whirlwind [PC 11]) and a 145-ft. (44.2-m) supply vessel M/V Mickey Gilbert) were christened. The 170-ft. (51.8-m) coastal patrol boats were part of a 13-vessel contract for the Cyclone class vessels for the U.S. Navy. The Mickey Gilbert was the first of two vessels for Gilbert Cheramie Boats Co., Inc. It is powered by a pair of GM 8 V 149 main engines and features a Schottel thruster and GM generators.

Bollinger Machine Shop & Shipyard has been in business since 194G, and its roots are firmly grounded in the oil field service. In its history, the company has delivered more than 250 vessels, but it has always been more than a newbuild yard. As the company has diversified to remain buoyant in the event that one business segment drops, it must be especially gratified to see busi- BEL0W: Bollinger's Larose facility has been very busy of late with repair work.




Offshore Oil History

ADVANCES IN TANKER PROPULSION
Booming Oil Boosts 0SE
Crucial Mating Of Hibernia Topsides A Success
DOE Report: Oil Consumption To Rise 44%
Engineering Research Overhaul Announced
Friede Goldman Continues To Expand Capabilities
GLO Solicits Commenb On Oil Spill Legislation
Global Marine Significantly Extends Its Deepwater Capabilities With Two Newbuilds
More Horsepower, More Business
NKK To Build Icebreaking Patrol Ship For Safety Agency
Norwegian yards benefit from Ulstein designs
NRC Exec Blasts NRDA Guidelines For Baseline Recovery
Offshore shares driving the Oslo market
OSE on Steady Course after Rough '98
OTC "94
PC Operator Workstation Uniquely Suited For Maritime Use
Pool Energy Makes Several Offshore Investments
Renk To Focus On Products For Fast Speed Ferries
SCANDINAVIA. A Region Of Technology Drivers
Seabulk Acquires Eight More Crewboats
Seabulk Offshore Ltd. Modernizes Offshore Supply Vessel Fleet
SEACOR Acquires Graham & Sons For $74 M
Taming The Ether: The Task Of Linking Hibernia To civilization
Tanker Markets Endure Political, Economical, Cyclical Turmoil
The Revitalized U.S. Title XI Financing Guarantee Program Available To The Energy Industry
The Storm Before The Calm?
Tsuneishi Wins Contract To Build 125,000-DWT Shuttle Tanker
Vast Opportunities Technology, economics buoy Gulf Coast prospects
VIET PORTEX '96 Provides U.S. Companies With Access To Vietnam
Weathering The Storm. National Weather Service Modernization to provide the maritime industry with improved weather prediction
 
rss feeds | archive | privacy | history | articles | contributors | top news | contact us | about us | copyright