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Bollinger Delivers 100,000 BBL Double Hull OPA'90 Ocean Going Tank Barge to K-Sea. - Sunday, February 26, 2006

Lockport, LA., February 27, 2006 - Bollinger Marine Fabricators, LLC, Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered Bollinger hull #490, DBL 103,  an ocean service double hull, oil tank barge built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA ’90), to K-Sea Transportation Corporation, Staten Island, N.Y. Following the delivery of the DBL 103, Bollinger announced the signing of the sister ship, DBL 104, Bollinger hull #514.

The 100,000 BBL capacity DBL 103 measures 399.11-feet in length, a 74-foot beam and a 25-foot depth. The DBL103 is a near sister ship to the DBL 101 and DBL 102 that Bollinger delivered to K-Sea in 2002 and 2004. The barge has been built primarily for oil service on the Northeast U.S. coast and Gulf of Mexico region.

President and CEO of K-Sea, Timothy J. Casey, said, "Bollinger is playing an important roll in our company’s expansion. They continue to deliver quality and consistent workmanship in their new-builds, as well as in the retrofits and conversions to our existing equipment.”

DBL 103 is coupled with an existing K-Sea tug, NORWEGIAN SEA, using the state-of-the-art JAK 400 tug/barge Push-Pin coupler system, which is designed to increase operating efficiency and enhance safety and reliability by operating as a dual mode ITB. While the DBL 103 was in the final stages of construction, Bollinger Larose, L.L.C., retrofitted the NORWEGIAN SEA with the JAK coupler system and completed a retrofit of the vessels electronics, along with the manufacturing and installation of a raised pilot house.

The delivery of the DBL 103 and the signing of the DBL 104 with K-Sea represent six offshore OPA’90 barge units that BSI has built for K-Sea over the past four years,” said Donald "Boysie” Bollinger, chairman and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. "Our teaming on conversions and additional building programs such as K-Sea’s four 28,000 bbl units is a great indicator of how BSI endeavors to be a part of the operator’s future growth.”

K-Sea Transportation Partners L.P. (www.k-sea.com) provides refined petroleum products marine transportation, distribution and logistics services in the northeastern United States and the Gulf of Mexico.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., is a leading provider of offshore oil field support vessels, OPA'90 tank barges, tugs, drilling rigs, liftboats, fast patrol boats and other steel and aluminum products from its three new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 13 shipyards and all are 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 company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 40 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.


 

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