Bollinger News

29 Mar 2019

Voith Delivers First U.S.-Built VSP Units

Photo: Voith GmbH & Co

The first two American-made Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) units have been delivered and installed in the Rodanthe ferry.Rodanthe is a ferry to be operated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and used in its service to the Outer Banks, a string of barrier islands between North Carolina and the Atlantic Ocean.“With the new VSP units installed, the Rodanthe will offer years of smooth, efficient service to the islands. By linking steering and propulsion together, the VSP allows for fast response and precision movement in even the roughest of waters.

22 Mar 2019

Bollinger Delivers 33rd FRC to USCG

USCG Joseph Doyle in Key West, FL (CREDIT: Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC JOSEPH DOYLE, the 33rd Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 21st of March, 2019 in Key West, Florida. The 154-foot Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter has a flank speed over 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26-foot cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials.

15 Mar 2019

Bouchard Takes Delivery of Yet another ATB Unit

M/V Evening Breeze

Bouchard Transportation Co. announced the delivery of ATB unit M/V Evening Breeze and Barge No. 252 (B. No. 252), respectively, from VT Halter Marine Inc. (VT Halter Marine) and Bollinger Shipyards.M/V Evening Breeze left VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula Shipyard facility on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, and will meet and pair up with B. No. 252 before sailing to join Bouchard’s fleet service in New York.The Evening Breeze is 4,000hp meeting U.S. EPA-Tier 4 requirements, measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, and equipped with an Intercon Coupler System.

09 Nov 2018

VT Halter Marine Launches Bouchard ATB Tug

Pic: Bouchard Transportation

The ocean-going petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation said that ATB tug M/V Evening Breeze was launched at US-based medium-sized ships builder VT Halter Marine's Pascagoula shipyard.The launch of the M/V Evening Breeze marks a milestone achievement in Bouchard’s most recent expansion efforts; with the launch of sister ATB tug M/V Evening Stroll not far behind.Bouchard’s Safety First philosophy remains at the forefront of their operation, and is powerfully supported through VT Halter Marine…

26 Oct 2018

Bollinger Delivers 31st Fast Response Cutter

Photo: Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Terrell Horne, the 31st Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the October 25, 2018 in Key West, Fla.The 154 foot patrol craft USCGC Terrell Horne, the 31st vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program has a flank speed over 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 foot cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials.

10 Sep 2018

Kuehne Named GM of Bollinger Quick Repair

Matthew Kuehne, General Manager of BQR, Bollinger Quick Repair (Photo: Bollinger)

Louisiana based shipbuilding and repair group Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, announced it has promoted Matthew Kuehne to General Manager of Bollinger Quick Repair.Bollinger’s CEO and President, Ben Bordelon, said, “[Kuehne] will be responsible for leading and growing the facility as we continue to service the needs of our current and future customers.”Kuehne joined Bollinger in 2011 and has held the positions of Assistant Estimating/Project Coordinator, Estimating/Project Coordinator, Assistant Operations Manager and Operations Manager.

21 Aug 2018

Bollinger Delivers USCGC Robert Ward

USCGC Robert Ward in Key West, Fla. (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday took delivery of the 30th Fast Response Cutter (FRC), USCGC Robert Ward, in Key West, Fla.The 154-foot patrol craft, built by Louisiana shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708 design, is the 30th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. USCGC Robert Ward is scheduled to be commissioned in California in February 2019. It will be the second of four FRC’s to be stationed in San Pedro, Calif.“Previous cutters have been stationed around the nation including Alaska and Hawaii…

25 Jul 2018

Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal Commissioned

The Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal berthed before its commissioning ceremony in Alexandria, Va., July 25, 2018. The Bruckenthal was the 28th Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter to be commissioned. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Charlotte Fritts)

The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned North Carolina’s second Fast Response Cutter, the Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal, during a ceremony in Alexandria, Va., today.The 154-foot vessel was built by Bollinger Shipyards and is based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It was delivered to the Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. earlier this year.FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment that allow their…

24 Jul 2018

MARAD Awards More Than $20 Mln to Small US Shipyards

Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby (Photo: MARAD)

More than $20 million in grant funding has been awarded to support capital improvement projects at 29 small shipyards in 22 states across the U.S.The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program, supports capital improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic growth.“These grants are an investment in our country’s small shipyards and will help create good jobs for America’s workers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L.

09 Jul 2018

Bollinger: New Icebreakers Could be Built in Florida

Bollinger’s President Ben Bordelon (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

As the U.S. Coast Guard continues planning for the construction of the new icebreakers it desperately needs, U.S. shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards says it has a facility suitable to build them.Bollinger says it has selected Tampa Shipyard for the design and construction of up to three heavy polar icebreakers, and three additional medium sized icebreakers under consideration by the U.S. Coast Guard.“We are excited to respond to the Coast Guard’s need to recapitalize its depleted polar capabilities,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger’s President and CEO.

07 Jun 2018

Bollinger Delivers 29th Fast Response Cutter

USCGC Forrest Rednour (Photo: Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the 29th Fast Response Cutter (FRC), USCGC Forrest Rednour, to the U.S. Coast Guard, Thursday in Key West, Fla.“The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for November, 2018 in southern California. This will be the first of four FRCs to be stationed in San Pedro, Calif.,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & CEO. “Previous cutters have been stationed around the nation including Alaska and Hawaii.”The 154-foot patrol craft USCGC Forrest Rednour is the 29th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program.

05 Jun 2018

Bollinger Wins SCA Safety Award

Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President and CEO, accepting the SCA award from Davis Gaddy, SCA Government Relations Coordinator (left) and Matthew Paxton, SCA President (right). (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards was presented the 2017 “Award for Excellence in Safety” by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) on May 17, 2018 during SCA’s Annual General Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.SCA, the national association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, honors companies with annual safety awards for enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention.Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President and CEO, noted Bollinger has earned the SCA Award for…

15 May 2018

Alexis Marine To Retrofit Rivertough to Salt Lugger

Photo courtesy of Thordon Bearings

Louisiana-based inland workboat operator Alexis Marine has awarded a supply contract to Thordon Bearings for the retrofitting of 6in diameter RiverTough bearings to MV Kristin Alexis, the 60ft twin-screw towboat built by Bollinger Shipyard in 1969.Both the vessel’s shafts will be withdrawn at New Orleans yard Bayou Fabricators and Machine Works, where the original rubber bearings will be replaced with Thordon’s RiverTough tailshaft bearings.The polymer bearing manufacturer will…

30 Apr 2018

Interlake Charters Barge for Great Lakes Service

(Image: Interlake Steamship Company)

Ohio-based shipping firm the Interlake Steamship Company announced it will time charter a 418-foot, 14,400-short-ton capacity dry cargo barge from the U.S. East Coast to operate on the Great Lakes starting this spring.The single-hold covered hopper barge Montville, owned and operated by Connecticut-based towing services provider Moran Towing Corp, will be under charter through 2019 with options to extend.The time charter deal marks a first for Great Lakes carrier Interlake, whose owned fleet includes nine self-unloading vessels ranging in carrying capacity from 24,000 to 68,000 gross tons.

01 Dec 2017

Bouchard's Fleet Expansion Continues

(Photo: Bouchard)

Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. announced the new construction of ATB unit M/V Evening Breeze and Barge B. No. 252, which adds to the company’s fleet expansion plan that began in 2012. The M/V Evening Breeze is being constructed in Pascagoula, Miss. by VT Halter Marine, Inc., and is the sister vessel to ATB tugs M/V Denise A. Bouchard and M/V Evening Star. The Evening Breeze will be 4,000hp meeting U.S. EPA-Tier 4 requirements, measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, and equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. The B. No.

03 Jan 2018

Shipbuilding: $13.3 Mln Awarded for R&D Projects

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The National Shipbuilding Research Program’s (NSRP) Executive Control Board has selected a new round of research and development (R&D) projects aiming to spur technology advancements in order to reduce costs associated with shipbuilding and ship repair in the U.S. The seven projects – valued at over $13.3 million, including cost share – were selected from those proposed in response to research announcement issued in July 2017, and are outlined below. Objective: The primary goal…

09 Jan 2018

WWII Museum’s PT-305 Sails Again

(Photo: National World War II Museum)

Commercial workboat philanthropy on display on PT-305: WWII Museum’s PT-305 sails again after a far reaching donor-funded restoration. In March, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans launched its reconstructed PT-305, built locally by Higgins Industries in 1943. The museum acquired the boat known as the USS Sudden Jerk in 2007, restoration began in 2009, and it now sails Lake Pontchartrain as an interactive exhibit. PT-305, with a fifteen-man crew, belonged to a 12-ship squadron operating in the Mediterranean from 1944 until the war ended in 1945.

15 Jan 2018

Crowley Orders ATB at Bollinger

(Image: Crowley)

Crowley Fuels LLC has signed a contract with Bollinger Shipyards for the construction of a new 100,000-barrel-capacity articulated tug-barge (ATB) to transport multiple clean petroleum products in the Alaska market. The Alaska-class vessel will be built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators Shipyard, in Amelia, La., with an expected delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019. The build contract includes an option for a second ATB. Once built and deployed, Crowley will operate the ATB under a long-term charter with Alaska-based Petro Star Inc.…

05 Feb 2018

USCG Cutter Joseph Gerczak Arrives in Hawaii

Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak arrives in Honolulu following a 42-day transit from Key West, Fla. (USCG photo by Sara Muir)

The U.S. Coast Guard’s second of three new 154-foot fast response cutters (FRC) stationed in Hawaii arrived at its homeport of Honolulu on Sunday. The new cutter, Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126), was built by Bollinger Shipyards in Louisiana and delivered the U.S. Coast Guard on November 9, 2017 in Key West, Fla. before transiting more than 8,400 miles to Hawaii. The vessel is slated to be commissioned on March 9. Joseph Gerczak is the second of three new Honolulu-based FRCs that will mainly serve the main Hawaiian Islands…

08 Feb 2018

Bollinger Delivers USCGC Richard Snyder (FRC 27)

USCGC Richard Snyder in Key West, Fla. (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Louisiana shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards said it delivered the U.S. Coast Guard’s 27th Fast Response Cutter (FRC), U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder, on February 8, 2018 in Key West, Fla. The vessel’s commissioning is slated for April, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, N.C. The 154-foot patrol craft USCGC Richard Snyder is the 27th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program, and the first be stationed in Atlantic Beach. Previous cutters are stationed in Florida, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, Alaska, Mississippi and Hawaii.

09 Mar 2018

Bollinger Announces Promotions

Jerome Eymard Photo courtesy Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards President and CEO Ben Bordelon announced the promotions of two key leaders. Jerome Eymard has been promoted to the position of Director of Human Resources, and Rachael Battaglia to the position of General Counsel. Jerome Eymard has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and a Master of Business Administration from Nicholls State University, and received his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2012. He joined Bollinger in 1999 and has been an integral component in the HR group’s success.

29 Mar 2018

USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal Delivered

USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal. Photo: Bollinger Shipyards/USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard took delivery on March 29, 2018 of the USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal, built by Bollinger Shipyards and delivered in Key West, Florida. The 154 ft. patrol craft USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal is the 28th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 foot cutter boat.

18 Apr 2018

FRC Richard Snyder to Be Commissioned Friday

Fast Response Cutter Webber, first in the class of the “Sentinel”-class of Fast Response Cutters. (Photo U.S. Coast Guard Collection)

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to commission Fast Response Cutter, the Richard Snyder, during a ceremony in Atlantic Beach, N.C. on Friday.The vessel was built by Bollinger Shipyards in Louisiana and delivered to the Coast Guard on February 8, 2018, in Key West, Fla.The cutter is named after Richard Snyder, a World War II hero known for his brave actions in battle defending troops coming to shore on the Island of Biak at the western edge of Papua New Guinea. Snyder was awarded the Silver Star…

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