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Monday, October 23, 2017

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MARAD Awards $17.1m in Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced $17.1m in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states.  The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the efficiency, competitive operations, and quality in ship construction and repair.  Small shipyards fall into two categories: those with fewer than 600 employees, and those with between 600 and 1200 employees.  All but two of the recipients announced have fewer than 600 employees. Recipients, amounts, and purposes of grants are as follows: •    Pacific Ship Repair & Fabrication, Inc., San Diego, California: $319,365 for waterjet cutting machine, press brake, shear •    North Florida Shipyards, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida: $3,312, 369 for waterblast equipment and a 600-ton travelift •    Bollinger Shipyards Lockport LLC, Lockport, Louisiana: $1,146,596 for a press, plasma cutting table, 6” mill •    Total Marine Services of Jefferson, Inc., of Harvey, Louisiana: $640,264 for 100 ton crawler crane and welding equipment

Bollinger to Acquire Halter Marine

In what amounts to what would be an amazing turn of fortune over a number of years, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., has signed a contract, pursuant to approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, to acquire the assets and operations of Halter Marine from Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. Bollinger Shipyards has always been regarded as a well-run builder of quality vessels for the U.S. and foreign markets. However, less than a decade ago

Rigdon Marine Christens First 4000 Class PSV

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

Vinyard Re-elected to SCA Chair

On April 21, 2005, Herschel T. Vinyard, Jr., Vice President of Atlantic Marine Holding Company, was re-elected Chairman of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA). Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger, CEO of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, LA, was elected Vice Chairman. The elections occurred during the annual SCA Spring Meeting held in Arlington, VA. SCA is the largest and most broadly-based national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry

Bollinger Names Bowen VP Government Relations

Charles Skip Bowen

Bollinger announces the appointment of Charles "Skip" Bowen as Vice President Government Relations. Mr. Bowen joined Bollinger in April 2011 as Program Manager for the FRC “Sentinel” Class Patrol Boat building program at Bollinger’s Lockport facility, following a very successful 32 year career with the United States Coast Guard, culminating with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, from 2006 to 2010

Bollinger Hires Remont as Program Management Director

Chris Remont (Photo courtesy of Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards announced that Chris Remont has joined the company as Director of Program Management.  Remont will oversee all aspects of Program Management for Bollinger Shipyard’s Lockport new construction facility, with an emphasis on the present U.S. Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter program. The announcement was made by Ben Bordelon, Bollinger executive vice-president and chief operating officer, who said, “Mr

Bollinger Delivers Barge, Retrofit Tug

Lockport, La.-based Bollinger Shipyards Inc. announced it has completed the new construction of the second of two 80,000 barrel tank barges and the conversion of a tug for Melville, NY-based Bouchard Coastwise Management Corp. The tank barge is a 399-ft. manned ocean, clean oil barge built to meet the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 standards. The barge has 12 cargo compartments and three separate pumping stations. The 112-foot Ellen S

Technology Associates Awarded $6.1 Million USCG Contract

Technology Associates, Inc., a New Orleans based Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm, announced that it signed a contract with the U.S. Coast Guard to provide engineering services to the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) patrol craft Project Resident Office located at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La. When options are exercised, the contract will exceed $6.1 million. The Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) is a new Coast Guard patrol boat that is capable of

Bollinger Shipyards Name Richardel V-P & GM of BMF

Daniel “Danny” Richardel: Photo courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards Inc.

Bollinger Shipyards announce that Daniel “Danny” Richardel has been named Vice President-General Manager of Bollinger Marine Fabricators, Amelia, Louisiana.    Ben Bordelon, Bollinger’s Chief Operating Officer said: “Danny has been an integral component of Bollinger’s success in the many commercial and government programs we have completed over the years.  His leadership and management skills will help guide the success of our Marine

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. Charlotte, recently delivered to Edison Chouest by Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana, is a powerful demonstration of this. Designated a 300 Class Deep Water Support Vessel, the ship has a pair of GE 3

USCG Awards Polar Icebreaker Contracts

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a heavy icebreaker homeported in Seattle, Washington, rests in the ice as the motor vessel Ocean Giant departs from the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Feb. 1, 2017. One of the primary responsibilities of the Polar Star’s crew is to provide an escort for the Ocean Giant through the frozen Ross Sea off of Antarctica. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley)

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis Wednesday. The contracts were awarded to the following recipients: Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, Lockport, Louisiana; Fincantieri Marine Group, LLC, Washington, District of Columbia; General Dynamics/National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California; Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi; and VT Halter Marine, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi

Lockport, Louisiana is 'Cutter Country'

USCGC Benjamin Dailey, the 23rd Fast Response Cutter (FRC) that Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the to the U.S. Coast Guard. (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Chris Remont, Bollinger Shipyards, Vice President, Government Programs, explains the importance of long-term relationship between the U.S. Coast Guard and Bollinger Shipyards.   As the offshore oil and gas bust drags into its third year, Bollinger Shipyards is holding its own courtesy of a long-running relationship in building for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). In Louisiana, a land where oil and gas, OSVs, workboats and fishing vessels traditionally rule the maritime landscape

Daewoo May Sell Mangalia Shipyard to Damen

Last delivery of Crude Oil Tanker to Tsakos Energy Navigation. Photo: Daewoo-Mangalia Heavy Industries.

 Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) will sell the subsidiary of Mangalia Shipyard Romania to a Dutch builder Damen Shipyard Group, reported local media. Damen already owns in Romania a shipyard in Galati.   Korea Economic Daily also said that Damen is in talks to purchase the local shipyard from South Korean group DSME.   Quoting unnamed sources, the reports say that on June 20, DSME completed its final talk with the largest shipbuilder of the Netherlands

MARAD Awards $9.8 Mln to US Shipyards

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Aiming to support shipbuilding modernizations that will increase productivity and allow U.S. shipyards to compete more effectively in global markets, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $9.8 million to 18 U.S. yards through its Small Shipyard Grant Program.   “Small shipyards play a significant role in our country’s maritime sector, which contributes to our economy, security, and infrastructure,” said U.S

Bollinger Shipyards Announces New Leadership

Ben Bordelon

Lockport, La.-based Bollinger Shipyards announced that Ben Bordelon will assume the duties of chairman, president and chief executive officer of the company.   Ben Bordelon, along with the Chouest family from Galliano, La., has acquired all assets and stock of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.   Bordelon has served in many capacities during his career at Bollinger, and has been a member of the board of directors since 2002

Bollinger Announces Promotions

From left to right: Tim Martinez, Scott Theriot and Corey Phelps (Photos: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards announces the promotions of three key leaders, as Tim Martinez, Scott Theriot and Corey Phelps enter new roles.   Making the announcement, Bollinger’s President and CEO Ben Bordelon, said, “We will be strengthening our position in the market by developing our team from within and capitalizing on the talents of our proven leadership group. I am pleased to announce the promotions of Tim Martinez, Scott Theriot and Corey Phelps.”  

Bollinger Promotes Remont to VP

Chris Remont, Vice President and General Manager, Lockport New Construction division (BLN).

Bollinger Shipyards President and CEO Ben Bordelon announced today another key internal promotion designed to enhance the strategic value of the Company.   “I am pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Remont to Vice President and General Manager of our Lockport New Construction division (BLN).  His leadership will add value to our Fast Response Cutter program and to our relationship with the United States Coast Guard.”  

Hands Across the Water

The Metal Shark 165 Defiant, which is an offshore patrol vessel based on Damen’s Stan Patrol 5009. This is one of the Damen designs which will be built at Metal Shark’s Franklin yard.

U.S. firms leverage Netherlands-based Damen Shipyard’s vessel designs and technical support. For nearly 40 years, Damen Shipyards Group in the Netherlands has licensed its vessel designs and technical support to yards owned by other companies. The business practice showcases not only the depth, variety and strength of the Damen portfolio, but also the reputation and reliability of its designs. Since 1969, Damen Shipyards has delivered more than 5,000 vessels

Thoma-Sea Launches US-flagged OSV

Photo: TAI

Technology Associates, Inc. (TAI) of New Orleans, La., announced that another derivative of a vessel built from TAI’s EnviroMax designs was launched.   Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC has launched a 6,300 DWT Technology EnviroMax 310 OSV from its Lockport, La. shipyard on April 28. The owner of this vessel is a major oil and gas support vessel company. The EnviroMax 310 vessel is U.S. flagged and will serve worldwide markets

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is Philly Shipyard Now

Photo by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc

 Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announces its plan to change its name to Philly Shipyard ASA, pending an upcoming shareholder vote at an extraordinary general meeting expected to take place in October 2015. Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) will likewise change its name to Philly Shipyard, Inc.   "Changing our name to Philly Shipyard more accurately reflects the shipyard we have become in recent years," remarked Steinar Nerbovik

Solar-electric Workboat Completes Maiden Cargo Run

Photo: Torqeedo

Harnessing solar propulsion, the 39-foot vessel Solar Sal has recently completed the final leg of its maiden cargo run, carrying recycled cardboard along the Erie Canal without using a single drop of fossil fuel. Solar Sal traversed 72 locks and traveled a total of 650 miles across the state of New York, delivering four tons of cargo from Lockport to a paper mill in Mechanicville on its history-making journey. The vessel runs 8.3 mph on twin Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 electric motors

Bollinger Shipyards Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Suit

Bollinger Shipyards will pay the United States $8.5 million and release contract claims to settle a False Claims Act action filed against it in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Department of Justice announced today.   The False Claims Act suit alleges that Bollinger misrepresented the longitudinal strength of patrol boats it delivered to the Coast Guard that resulted in the boats buckling and failing once they were put into service

U.S. Shipbuilding: Funds Available for Small Shipyards

Chip Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

Maritime Administration announced funding availability for small U.S. shipyards; grants aim to help yards modernize and improve efficiency   The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the availability of $4.9 million in Federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training at small U.S. shipyards. The grants, provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Kinder Morgan Product Tanker

Photo: Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, held a ceremonial Keel Laying for the third product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary.    Keeping with long held shipbuilding tradition, coins were placed on one of the keel blocks before the 650 ton unit was lowered into place in the dry dock.    

The Top 10 Ships of 2016

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Maritime Reporter & Engineering News (www.marinelink.com), published since 1939, annually publishes details on the world’s “Great Ships of the Year.” Of the 18 selected as “Great Ships of 2016,” here we rank the Top 10 Ships of 2016, according to the editors of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News.   #10 Name: Perla del Caribe Type: LNG fueled containership Owner: TOTE Shipyard: General Dynamics NASSCO

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