Lockport , LA., February 3, 2010 - Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered the M 6000, a 55,000 barrel (BBL) Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90) compliant tank barge, to Midstream Fuel Service, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Martin Resource Management Corporation. Contract terms and conditions were not disclosed.
The announcement was made by Bollinger executive vice president of new construction, Chris Bollinger. "Bollinger is pleased to announce the delivery of the M 6000, OPA’90 tank barge to Midstream. Once again, I am very proud of our workforce who has delivered another high quality vessel on time and on budget,” said Bollinger.
The 55,000 BBL tank barge, M 6000, was built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., in Amelia, Louisiana and is a Bollinger design. The M 6000 is a clean oil barge that is classed and certified ABS + A1 Oil Tank Barge, Manned Ocean Services. The barge measures 350-feet long, with a 70-foot beam and a depth of 25-feet. The barge is built to meet the requirements of OPA’90, with ten (10) cargo compartments and two (2) separate pumping systems. The barge is outfitted with the Bludworth Cook Marine ATB Flexible Connection System.
Ruben Martin, President of Martin Resource Management Corporation said, "The Bollinger family’s heritage of quality engineering and construction are on display in the barge M 6000 and tug La Force. The barge was constructed in Bollinger’s Amelia yard and the tug, La Force, was converted with a new Bludworth/Cook system and raised pilot house in Bollinger’s Texas City yard. When these two units came together at the completion of the project it was like the fit of custom made boots. Bravo, Bollinger!”
On departure from the Bollinger Marine Fabricators facility, the M 6000 entered the marine transportation services for petroleum products in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., (www.bollingershipyards.com) owns and operates 12 shipyards strategically located between New Orleans and Houston with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is a leading provider of new construction and other services to offshore energy, commercial and government marine markets and is the largest vessel repair/conversion company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 32 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.