New Orleans, LA., November 8, 2006 - Bollinger Gulf
Repair L.L.C., (BGR), a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., facility, has completed the
retrofit and modifications of a Penn Maritime Inc. oceans tank barge to an OPA
‘90 compliant articulated unit.
360-foot, 66,500 barrel black oil Barge POTOMAC arrived at Bollinger's New
Orleans east facility and began the transformation from a single sided hull to
double hull vessel with a new outer skin to meet the requirements of OPA '90.
Her stern was modified and outfitted with the Beacon JAK connection system. The
barges heating system received additional heating coils and a new 12 million BTU
Vapower unit. A ballast system and a twelve-foot bow plug, along with an updated
electrical system, were part of the conversions. When the POTOMAC's conversions
were completed she departed the Bollinger facility measuring 372-feet with a
capacity of approximately 80,000 barrels.
Executive vice president for Bollinger, Ben Bordelon said, "Our
communications with the customer and our dedicated employees were the key to the
successful completion of this project. I cannot say enough about Penn and their
team who supported Bollinger, and helped make this program a
POTOMAC is converted and inspected to the applicable rules of the American
Bureau of Shipping (ABS) of shipping for Class Maltese A-1 Oil Tank Barge and
the U. S. Coast Guard for the carriage of petroleum products of Grade A and
lower for Unmanned Services in Oceans.
the re-delivery of the POTOMAC fully OPA ‘90 compliant, Penn has followed its
departure with the contracting of the Penn No. 410 to Bollinger Gulf Repair for
the double hull retrofit and modifications.
Maritime, Inc., (http://www.pennmaritime.com)
currently owns and operates 20 barges and 13 tugboats and is one of the largest
U.S. coastal transporters of heated petroleum products.
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., owns and operates 13 shipyards strategically
located between New Orleans and Houston with direct access to the Gulf of
Mexico, Mississippi River and Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest
vessel repair/conversion company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 40
dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas. Bollinger is also a leading provider of new
construction and other services to offshore energy, commercial and government