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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bollinger Morgan City News

Bollinger Shipyards Agrees On Modification/Conversion Project

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has signed a contract for modifications and conversions for MSV Ocean Intervention, a multi-purpose support vessel owned by Oceaneering International, Inc. Measuring 243 x 54 x 19 ft., the vessel will undergo revisions to its moon pool systems and "A" frame, as well as enhancement of tank capacities at Bollinger's Morgan City facility.

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. Tim Martinez has accepted the position of Executive Vice President of the Repair Division. Martinez began his Bollinger career in 1996 and was promoted to Division General Manager for Bollinger Morgan City (BMC) in 2006…

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.

Bollinger Returns after Gustav

Bollinger Shipyards returns 95 percent of its 14 locations back to work following Hurricane Gustav's plowing through the heart of the based shipyard community. According to Bollinger’s website, all but two locations are back up and running, with several locations on generators with supervisory staff only. The corporate office, located in , is on generators and is coordinating the efforts of the 3000 member workforce. Bollinger is working with the local and state authorities to insure the safe return of their employees and shipyard services to the Oil and Gas community, said Robert Socha, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing. We are communicating with our employees over the web, via local radio, telephone and community interaction.

Bollinger Gets Safety Awards from SCA & NSC

The Shipbuilders Council of America present the Award for Excellence in Safety and the Award for Improvement in Safety for 2009 to Bollinger executive vice president, Chris Bollinger during the April 2010 meeting held in Washington, D.C.  (Pictured left to right: Ian Bennitt, SCA - Manager Government Affairs; Chris Bollinger, Bollinger Shipyards - Executive Vice President; and Matthew Paxton, SCA - President.) Photo courtesy Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has received awards for Excellence in Safety, Improvements in Safety, and Occupational Safety awards from two industry groups. The Award for Excellence in Safety and the Award for Improvement in Safety for 2009 were presented to Bollinger by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA). The awards were received during the association’s April 26-28, 2010 general membership meeting held in Washington, D.C. The Award for Excellence in Safety is given to member companies who have an end-of-year Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) that is below the average SCA rate.

Bollinger Awarded Six OSV Conversions from Hornbeck

Artist rendering of the Hornbeck S240 following conversion at Bollinger.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Hornbeck Offshore Services (HOS) to convert six (6) 200 class DP1 offshore supply vessels (OSV’s), to 240 class DP2 OSV’s. The announcement was made by Bollinger executive vice president, Ben Bordelon, who said, “We are very pleased to announce the award of the HOS Super 200 conversion program. The news of the conversion program was announced by HOS on September 4th 2012, saying they have decided to implement a retrofit program to stretch and upgrade six 200 class DP-1 OSVs into 240 class DP-2 OSV’s.

Bollinger Puts Its Expertise To The Test

With 22 drydocks in service, Bollinger Morgan City, L.L.C. recently stretched its newly expanded dry dock (see accompanying photo) to the limit with the docking of former sulpher vessel (now bulk carrier) Otto Candie COV Zeus measuring 505 ft. (153.9 m). The vessel was laid up at the yard's largest drydock of its 22 located throughout the company's nine facilities. Measuring 340 x 134 ft. (103.6 x 40.8 m) with 110 between the wingfalls, the dock is capable of lifting 8,100-tons. Bollinger's Quick Repair-Harvey, La.-located propeller shop completed a thruster overhaul and repair for the PEMEX-owned accommodations semisubmersible Chemul on behalf of Cotamar. The 34-ton 9.1 ft. diameter, 360 degree azimuthing Kamewa thruster underwent a complete overhaul with blade repairs.

Delivery: Bollinger Delivers the "New" Elsa Leigh

Bollinger Shipyards last month re-delivered the 254-ft. supply boat, Elsa Leigh, to Aries Marine Corp., of Lafayette, La., which is the new name for the former Seacor Clipper following extensive renovation at Bollinger's Morgan City shipyard. The new name is in honor of Elsa Leigh, the four year-old daughter of Courtney B. Ramsay, vice-president of Aries Marine. "This is the kind of project we love," said Donald "Boysie" Bollinger, chairman and CEO of Bollinger. Much of the work involved mechanical systems in the hull and replacement of about 30 percent of the boat's steel. The vessel was brought up to ABS DPS 1, FiFi1 and GMDSS Area 3 certification. Her two main EMD engines were removed and rebuilt by NREC in Houma, La., who boosted their power from 1,250 hp each to 1,500 hp each.

Bollinger Re-Delivers Elsa Leigh To Aries Marine

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., has re-delivered the 254-ft. supply boat, Elsa Leigh, to Aries Marine Corp., Lafayette, La. While it looks like a new vessel, Elsa Leigh is the new name for the former Seacor Clipper after an extensive renovation at Bollinger’s Morgan City shipyard. The new name is in honor of Elsa Leigh, the four year-old daughter of Courtney B. Ramsay, vice-president of Aries Marine. “This is the kind of project we love,” said Donald “Boysie” Bollinger, chairman and CEO of Bollinger.

US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

MAGDALEN (Photo courtesy of  AMP)

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has highlighted the U.S. dredging industry’s commitment to build and maintain safe, efficient and cost-effective navigation channels in the nation’s inland waterways and ports. The recent deliveries of four state-of-the-art vessels, constructed by nearly 700 American workers in U.S. shipyards, are a reflection of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased…

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, rigging hardware and supplies, sling fabrication and compliance load testing to the offshore oil and gas industry. Combined with Delta Rigging & Tools’ existing operations in Broussard and Houma…

Sparre to Retire from Bollinger After 51 Years

Bollinger Texas City announces Max Sparre’s upcoming retirement after 51 years of service to the shipyard industry, and names Monty Bludworth as BTC’s General Manager.

Bollinger Texas City, L.P., (BTC) a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. facility, announced the upcoming retirement of its Vice President and General Manager, Max Sparre. Sparre’s retirement was announced by Bollinger Executive Vice President, Ben Bordelon, giving an overview of Sparre's 51 years of service to the shipyard industry and the Bollinger group of shipyards. In addition to the announcement of Sparre’s upcoming retirement early next year, Bordelon also announced that Monty Bludworth…

Cummins Trains Louisiana Diesel Technicians

With several shipyards and marine operators in the area, Morgan City, La. is a center for crewing and supply of the Gulf oil industry. Since last January, a partnership between the Louisiana Technical College (LTC) and Cummins Mid-South has trained more than 120 diesel mechanics and engineers on aspects of high horsepower Cummins engines. As a distributor, Cummins Mid-South supports both their own and independent dealers in a network covering the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. The training is available to Cummins dealers, customers and selected LTC diesel tech students. Training is also available to the Diesel Technology instructors of the LTC system throughout the state.

Conrad Adds to Management Team

Conrad Industries, Inc. the appointment of Terry T. Frickey as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Company’s four shipyards. Conrad’s President and Chief Executive Officer. and Chief Executive Officer. Bollinger Houston shipyard and Manager of Repair Operations for the LEEVAC Industries Repair Group. From 1991 to 1994 he was President of Service Marine Industries, Inc. Louisiana. Cecil A. Financial Officer will become Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, Richard D. Allen has joined the Company as Assistant Operations Manager. to have Richard join our team,” said Mr. various capacities starting at welder/fitter, foreman, superintendent, Yard Manager, General Manager, V.P. of Operations and President.

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. The company is on a mission to grow both organically and through acquisitions…

Morgan City Proclaimed Coast Guard City

The Coast Guard is scheduled to proclaim Morgan City a “Coast Guard City” during a public ceremony at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium, August 31 at noon. The Coast Guard City designation recognizes cities that have made outstanding efforts to acknowledge the contributions of local Coast Guard men and women, and that set the standard for embracing these people and their families into the community. It’s awarded only to those communities that demonstrated a long-standing and enduring relationship with, and commitment to, members of the Coast Guard and their families. Only three other cities have earned this honor: Grand Haven, Mich.; Eureka, Calif.; and Mobile, Ala.

J. Ray McDermott Celebrates 50 Years in Morgan City

1956: Elvis released his first album; the film debut of Invasion of the Body Snatchers was frightening American audiences; My Fair Lady opened on Broadway; and J. Ray McDermott began operations at the offshore industry's first dedicated steel fabrication yard near Morgan City, Louisiana. Among the major events of early 1956, many are now trivia, but the Morgan City "fab yard" continues to have a profound and lasting effect on the region and the world. Since its humble beginnings on April 1, 1956, J. Ray's Morgan City fabrication facility has built more offshore structures than any other fabrication facility and has served as the model for new offshore fabrication yards around the globe.

3 Resuced from Sunken Fishing Vessel

Sunken Fishing Vessel

The Coast Guard rescued three individuals from a 75-foot fishing vessel that sank approximately 12 miles southwest of Point Au Fer in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified by a passing helicopter of a fishing vessel sinking with two life-rafts in the water. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City 29-foot response boat crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans. The survivors were located in a life raft after they fired off a flare.

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. Coast Guardsmen with Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Morgan City and Coast Guard Cutter Axe constructed new channel markers in the waterway. A video discussing the new channel is available here: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/367318/coast-guard-helps-establish-new-waterway#.VEEsF2f1bgZ.  

Vessels: GCI Completes Sun Towing Tugs

Voyager and Quest could not be two more apt names for Sun Towings pair of new tugboats, as it was precisely this that was required to complete the vessel's construction. The two hulls were started nearly 10 years ago, and had more than 2,000 miles experience before the first main engines were installed. The hulls were originally built by Marine Power and Equipment in Seattle in 1990, and moved three different times, from Washington State through the Panama Canal to Texas, then finally to Louisiana. The odyssey of the hulls was well worth it, however, according to their owner, Captain Mike Smith of Sun Towing, Morgan City, La. The 150 x 40 x 19.5 ft.

Crowley & Jensen Maritime Win IWS 2012 Boat Awards

Crowley/Jensen Award Presentation: Photo copy Crowley

The companies were honored with two significant awards at the recent International Workboat Show (IWS) in New Orleans. Together Crowley Maritime Corp. and subsidiary Jensen Maritime , the company’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, were honored with two of the top 10 Significant Boat awards during the seventh-annual International Workboat Show 2012. The first award was for the design of two Crowley-owned ocean class tugboats , the Ocean Wind and Ocean Wave. The second was for Jensen-designed Murden, a hopper dredge vessel developed for the U.S.

Captain Morgan Flagship Wreckage Reportedly Found

According to a report on http://www.newsroompanama.com, a team of U.S. archeologists reportedly has found wreckage which they believe is part of Welsh privateer Admiral Henry Morgan's flagship. The wreckage was found off Portobello and includes approximately 52x22 feet of the starboard side of a 17th century wooden ship hull which they believe to belong to Morgan’s flagship, Satisfaction, according to the report. Morgan lost five ships, including Satisfaction near Lajas Reef in 1671. The archeologists previously found six canons believed to belong to the fleet, and when the group ran short of funds, The Captain Morgan Rum Group named after the pirate, provided further aid for the project.

Conrad Announces Management Team Changes

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the appointment of Scott J. Theriot as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Johnny Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Scott has been in the shipyard business since 1976 in various positions spending the majority of his career with Bollinger Shipyards and was a member of Bollinger’s senior management team for a total of 25 years. Terry T. Frickey, Chief Operating Officer since February 2005, will assume the new position of Executive Vice President – Business and Product Development and will remain a member of the executive team. Conrad Industries, Inc., established in 1948 and headquartered in Morgan City…

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