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BOLLINGER MORGAN CITY

A Rest For Joint Venture

Subsequent to various tests by the U.S. military, the 315-ft. (96-m) experimental vessel HSV-X1 Joint Venture that had been delivered by the U.S. Army to Bollinger Morgan City, was successfully drydocked at the yard on October 31, 2002 for routine maintenance and periodic regulatory inspection. Upon completion of sea trials on November 14, the vessel was then delivered to the U.S. Navy for additional operational testing of its military capabilities. The project, which was managed by Bollinger Morgan City, also encompassed the coordination of a variety of subcontractors including Incat Tasmania, Caterpillar and Maritime Dynamics - interfaced with SupShips New Orleans - the government's project manager. SupShips also coordinated the efforts of the ship's crew as they performed crew-responsible maintenance activities. According to Chris Bollinger, president of Bollinger/Incat USA, "An extensive scope of work was accomplished in a limited amount of time through effective scheduling and complete cooperation by all involved. Each group had a clear understanding of the objective and the importance of getting the vessel and crew back on time with all work accomplished." The Joint Venture, a product of Bollinger/Incat USA, recently underwent extensive field testing by the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Special Forces Command in the world wide military exercise Millennium Challenge 2002


Delta Rigging & Tools Acquires Morgan City Rentals

Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc., a provider of lifting and rigging products and related services in the United States, announced the acquisition of Morgan City Rentals, a provider of offshore rental equipment and rigging supply in the Gulf of Mexico. Established in 1970, Morgan City Rentals is headquartered in Morgan City, La., with additional locations in Golden Meadow and Broussard, La. Morgan City Rentals provides a wide range of offshore rental equipment, wire rope


Coast Guard Announces Temporary Service Centers

The Coast Guard is opening temporary offices in Morgan City, La., and Memphis, Tenn., to provide services to mariners affected by the closure of the Regional Examination Center in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The Morgan City office, now open, accepts completed applications and offers fingerprinting services, identity verification, and administration of oaths for mariners. On Oct. 3, the Coast Guard will open a temporary full-service REC in Memphis


Conrad Industries Withstands Rising Waters

Conrad Industries, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: CNRD.PK) provided an update today on the impact of the rising waters of the Mississippi River and the Atchafalaya River on its operations. Johnny Conrad, President and CEO stated, “On May 11, 2011 we announced the potential adverse impact on our business of the rising water levels along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. We are happy to report that the only adverse impact to date has been the temporary suspension of operations at our


'Yo Ho Ho' Divers Find More Pirate Treasure

Image courtesy of Captain Morgan Brand

Underwater Archaeologists dig deep for iconic privateer Captain Henry Morgan's lost Caribbean fleet, find various artefacts  For the third year in a row, with the help of the Captain Morgan brand, a team of leading U.S. archaeologists returned to the mouth of the Chagres River in Panama in search of real-life buccaneer Captain Henry Morgan's lost fleet. The search began in September 2010, when the team discovered six iron cannons belonging to Morgan off the coast of Panama


Pick Me Up

“One of our key strategic initiatives has been increasing our  rental and rigging business, and to go deeper into the offshore oil and gas drilling and production markets.”  Mitch Hausman

Mitch Hausman, President & CEO of Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc., discusses his company’s strategy to expand its core business through acquisition, including insights on its largest ever: the purchase this summer of Morgan City Rentals.   Delta Rigging & Tools is a provider of a wide range of Industrial lifting, rigging and associated products, serving diverse markets from energy to transportation, maritime and offshore to name but a few


Bachrach & Wood Celebrates 50 Years

Bachrach & Wood was formed 1953 to provide marine surveying and consultant services to the shipping industry in New Orleans. This year marks its 50th year of service. Over the years, Bachrach & Wood has changed its focus from bluewater shipping to the offshore oilfield, now providing builder’s risk surveys for heavy lifts and pipeline construction, warranty surveys for trips-in-to, vessel safety and security audits, and on/off charter surveys for barges and boats


Working Shallow Draft In the Gulf of Mexico

Rodriguez Boat Builders, of Bayou LaBatre, Ala., will deliver one more of their popular lugger tugs to Central Boat Rental of Morgan City, La., at the end October. Designed for the specialized tasks of supporting shallow water oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico they are as much supply boat as tug. Joe Rodriguez explains that the 65 by 24-ft. boat can work in water as shallow as five ft. While it features a model bow for open water work


Diversification Keeps Gulf Vessel Builders Afloat

Shipyard welder in Port Fourchon. Photo courtesy the Greater Lafourche Port Commission

By Susan Buchanan, in the January edition of MarineNews Companies building vessels on the U.S. Gulf are servicing a flock of domestic and overseas clients while their offshore oil and gas customers wait for Washington to issue more drilling permits and safety rules. Some of the region's builders are busy making repairs. After a federal ban on deepwater drilling ended in October — three months after BP's well was capped — the Gulf remains quiet


Greek Ship Chartered Way Below Previous Rate

Diana Shipping Inc has signed a contract for one of its dry bulk vessels at $13,000 per day, 76 percent below the ship's previous charter rate Diana chartered its dry bulk carrier the Salt Lake City to Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc with effect from August this year, reports Reuters. Rates for dry bulk vessels, which transport commodities such as coal, iron ore and grain, crashed in the last four years as the delivery of a large number of new ships coincided with a global economic downturn


Heavy Clashes Near Benghazi Seaport

Heavy fighting broke out near the seaport of Libya's eastern Benghazi city on Monday as the army, backed by forces loyal to a former general, attacked Islamist groups, residents said. Dozens of residents were leaving the city, heeding a call by the army to evacuate the port area where military


Canadian Pipeline Expansion Continues

Work continues

  Kinder Morgan Energy Partners said on Friday that crews have resumed survey work related to its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, even as Canadian police arrested more protesters at two work sites.


Bollinger Delivers 11th FRC to the US Coast Guard

USCGC William Trump during builders trials in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the William Trump, the 11th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.   The announcement was made by Bollinger Chief Operating Officer, Ben Bordelon: “We are extremely happy to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by


Bollinger Adds Drydock Lift Capacity

Photo: Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards has taken delivery of two drydocks with a total lifting capacity of 12,000 tons.    The announcement was made by Bollinger Chief Operating Officer, Ben Bordelon: “These two docks will position us well in the diverse customer markets that we serve and will


LNG Transport Barge Design Approved by ABS

Image: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.

Conrad Shipyard, L.L.C. engaged Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) to develop a 3,000 cubic meter Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) transport barge utilizing a Bristol Harbor Group proven hull design built by Conrad.  Bristol Harbor Group has been awarded an Approval in Principle (AIP) by the


PMI Energy Services Opens Shorebase in Louisiana

Photo: PMI Energy Services

PMI Energy Services, a Superior Energy Services company, has opened a shorebase in Morgan City, Louisiana, focused on supporting shelf, coastal and inland waters production and drilling activities. PMI’s shorebase is centrally located on the Louisiana coast and provides better protection


Bollinger Shipyard Stalwart VP Dave Marmillion to Retire

Dave Marmillion: Photo Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. headquartered in Lockport, La., inform of the upcoming retirement of its Vice President Repair, Eastern Division, Dave Marmillion, after 46 years in the shipyard industry. Marmillion’s retirement was announced by Bollinger’s Chief Operating Officer


Ceremony Marks the Construction of 5 American Tankers

APT 1 Start of Construction Ceremony

  General Dynamics NASSCO and City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer today signaled the start of construction of five American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony for the first tanker, the APT-1, at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.


Swiftships Shipbuilding Awarded Iraqi Navy Support Contract

Contract document: File photo

The US Department of Defense informs that Swiftships Shipbuilding, L.L.C., Morgan City, Louisiana, is being awarded an $18,000,000 not-to-exceed contract for the accomplishment of continuous lifecycle support for the Iraqi navy. DoD explains that this contract involves foreign military


Cummins Auxiliaries for New Offshore Vessel

Photo courtesy of Cummins Marine

Reliable auxiliary power is as important to a modern offshore vessel as are the main propulsion engines. Ample and reliable electrical power is essential to the basic support systems from the galley appliances to the wheelhouse navigational devices. The Ms


Morgan Stanley says "no assurance" Rosneft Deal Will Close

  Morgan Stanley said on Friday that there is "no assurance" a deal to sell its physical oil trading business to Russian oil company Rosneft will close. The Wall Street bank cited a contractual requirement to get regulatory approvals by year end


Kinder Morgan to Add Oil Storage Capacity in Houston

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. said it will add 2.1 million barrels of storage at its Pasadena and Galena Park terminals just outside Houston. The $210 million project - supported by long-term contracts with existing customers - will also include the construction of a new ship dock and


Video: New Channel Established on Atchafalaya River

USCG photo

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helped establish Crewboat Cut as a new federal channel in the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Wednesday. The new waterway is intended to be safer for mariners, will shorten travel time and save millions of dollars in annual dredging costs.


Miko Marine Launches US Subsidiary

Photo: Miko Marine

Miko Marine AS has opened a subsidiary in Morgan City, La. from where it will be able to supply ship operators and salvage companies throughout the United States with its range of products, including its magnetic patches to prevent ships from sinking.


LA Governor Jindal Appoints Bollinger's Barker

Ray Barker

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appointed James "Ray" Barker to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Barker, of Raceland, is the Director of Human Resources at Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.   The Louisiana Workforce Investment Council serves to develop a strategic plan to






 
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