The story of Bordelon Marine is not far afield from many others in the Gulf of Mexico, that of a small, family owned business carving a niche for itself. But when Wes Bordelon joined his namesake company in 1999, he knew that change was essential for survival. More than a dozen years later, MarineNews sat in Bordelon Marine’s brand new shipyard in Houma, La., a month before the debut of its Stingray class of offshore service vessel, to discuss the renewed trajectory of the company in step with the changing demands in the market. As Bordelon Marine sets to debut it luxury class of OSV – the 260-ft. Stingray class – the man who ultimately envisioned and drove the company to this historic mark could not have imagined the course of his life, his company, more than a decade ago. Bordelon Marine, which has been a familiar name in the Gulf of Mexico since Wes’ father started the company in 1980, had become a shell of itself by the late 1990s. At the time, Wes Bordelon was carving a career for himself in the music industry in Chicago, and the notion of owning and operating boats was the furthest thing from his mind. But in deciding to move back to Louisiana in the late 1990s, Wes found that where he had roots is where he wanted to stay, and that rebuilding the business which bore his family name was indeed his future.
The ground swell is well underway. For the past few months the undeniable signs of another boom period in the offshore oil and gas business are all around the Louisiana bayous. Personally, I follow the rig count, day rates and how fast drill pipe moves from certain outdoor staging areas onto trucks heading for Port Fourchon, Intercoastal City and other "jumping off" points to the Gulf of Mexico. Another way to keep abreast of what is happening in the offshore market is to talk to major
Bollinger Shipyards has commenced construction of three 145 ft. (44.1 m) supply/utility boats for Bordelon Marine - doubling the number of OSV's for the Lockport-based operator. The new vessels, all of which will hold the namesake of a Bordelon family member, will be known as Wes Bordelon, Terry Bordelon and Bunny Bordelon. Scott Theriot, executive vice president New Construction of Bollinger said, "These new 145's are truly all-purpose and continue to meet and exceed industry
Offshore vessels in the Gulf of Mexico have become more energy efficient in recent years and are polluting less because of changes in engines, bunker fuels and building materials. At the same time, Gulf of Mexico builders have responded to meet new regulations, customer needs. At Harvey Gulf International Marine in New Orleans, Environmental Compliance Coordinator Nicole Eddlemon said “adoption of energy-saving vessels in the U.S
Rigdon Marine Corporation (RMC) announced two recent milestones in its Rigdon 4000 Class platform support vessel (PVS) construction program. On June 22, 2007, Bobbie Bennett, wife of RMC’s first Captain and offshore employee, Roland Bennett, christened the First and Ten at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La. In attendance were Chris Bollinger and Ben Bordelon, senior executives in charge of Bollinger’s New Construction and Repair divisions respectively, Larry and Jan Rigdon
Kerry Neuville recently built an 18-ft. aluminum skiff with his son and now parks it in the same shed where he and his brother started their boatbuilding careers. Across the yard from the little shed Neuville Boatworks huge building sheds bustle with their usual activity. With a 154 x 30 x 12.5-ft. crew boat (160-foot overall) nearing completion for Steve Miguez’s Iberia Crewboats and scheduled for a March delivery. A sister-ship is being framed up on an inverted jig in one of the other
By Larry Pearson Late last year was a high water mark of sorts in the Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) business. In December, Crowley Maritime of Seattle, Wash. took delivery of their fourth ATB, featuring a 9,280 HP tug and a 155,000 barrel barge. Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. built the barge. and the tug by sister company Marinette Marine, Manitowoc, Mich. At about the same time on the east coast K-Sea Transportation was taking delivery of their fourth ATB unit from Bollinger
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announce the upcoming retirement of its Vice President Central Division, Larry Vauclin. Vauclin’s retirement was announced by Bollinger Executive Vice President, Ben Bordelon, who said, "Larry has been a critical part of the growth of Bollinger over the past 16 years, and a mentor to many in the shipyard industry over his 52 year career. His attention to detail, hard work and focus on client satisfaction have helped create a solid foundation for us going
Story by Raina Clark, from the October 2010 edition of MarineNews In the vessel construction market, small boat builder All American Marine of Bellingham, Wash., and RIB builder Wing Inflatables of Arcata, Calif. both reported a satisfactory 2010 in their niche markets, with good reasons to be optimistic about 2011. Bollinger Shipyards, a major builder in the offshore market also had a good 2010, but is bracing for the impact of the drilling moratorium going into 2011
Pictured is Bouchard’s B. No. 295 and Bouchard Girls, converted and retrofitted by Bollinger Gulf Repair and Bollinger Algiers, as an OPA’90 compliant ATB unit. Bollinger Gulf Repair, L.L.C. and Bollinger Algiers, L.L.C, two Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., shipyards, have completed the retrofit and conversion of a Bouchard Coastwise Management Co., barge and tug, respectfully, to an articulated tug and barge (ATB) unit utilizing the Intercon Coupler System.
Rafael Martínez-Abarca was appointed Operations Manager of the Marine Strategic Business Unit (MaSBU) of SENER, an engineering and technology group that has a workforce of about 5,500 professionals and offices in four continents. Rafael Martínez-Abarca replaces in this position
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) graduated 201 new maritime leaders as part of its Class of 2013 commencement ceremony. The keynote speaker, General William M. Fraser III, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), gave the commencement address before a crowd of more than 2
The 2013 ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress was held in London, United Kingdom from June 11-14, 2013 and was hosted and organized by the British Marine Federation (BMF) at Devonport House, located in London’s exclusive Royal Greenwich, a World Heritage Site.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by Arklow Shipping to upgrade 12 container vessels with VisionMaster FT Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems (ECDIS). Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit will install all of the systems by the end of 2014
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) begins issuing marine driver’s license in Dubai to boost maritime safety and efficiency on local shores. The recent decision is in line with DMCA’s ongoing drive to develop a well-defined regulatory framework aimed at regulating
Global law firm White & Case LLP announced the availability of a new report, "Restructuring & Beyond: The marine industry's routes to safety." The report focuses on survival strategies for those affected by the industry's downturn as well as emerging opportunities for companies
ASA Electronics, an international manufacturer of audio and video electronics and appliances has partnered with the Independent Boat Builders, Inc. to be the video supplier of choice. Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI) is a marine buying group that currently has 20 members located in the
ECDIS Ltd. have taken delivery of three new VisionMaster FT ECDIS, which have been installed in their e-Navigation Center. The ECDIS systems are made by Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine and will mean ECDIS Ltd are now able to offer Nautical Institute accredited Type Specific ECDIS Training on nine
COSCO International acquires Germany's Hanyuan to further develop global service network in marine spare parts supply. Yuantong Marine Service Co. Limited, COSCO International’s wholly owned subsidiary mainly engaged in supplying marine equipment and spare parts
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is announced that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. exercised an additional four 90’x32’x10’ Canal Class Inland Towboats. On January 23, 2013, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc
Heeding the call to join “An Ocean in Common,” authors flooded the Oceans ‘13 MTS/IEEE San Diego technical program committee with a record number of abstracts in a single day. Special topics include an Ultra-deep track discussing current and prospective robotic technologies
Supplier of marine air conditioning and sanitation equipment Dometic Marine has announced the promotion of Dennis Chiang to Asia Pacific Marine Divisional Manager. Singapore-based Chiang has been with Dometic Marine for just longer than two years as Regional Marine OE & AM Sales Manager for
Seaway Powell Marine, a British engineering company specializing in the design and manufacture of marine hydraulic systems, now has a mobile service and repair team for winches, windlasses, hydraulic and conventional sail and rigging controls.
Coast Guard investigators have finished a one month investigation into the operation of the 874 ft. long 'Bangkok Bridge' in Dutch Harbor. Two investigators, one from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage and one from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor, assessed a $75
Gina Domitrovich, AMIM, Senior Marine Underwriter, AIG Global Marine & Energy, is the first recipient of the new American Marine Claims Award, by Inland Marine Underwriters Associations (IMUA). The award presentation was made closing ceremonies during IMUA"s 83rd Annual Meeting held