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Bollinger Delivers 60,000 Barrel OPA'90 Tank Barge To Bouchard - Thursday, April 09, 2009

Lockport , LA., April 9, 2009 - Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C.,  Amelia, LA, a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered B. No. 262, a double hull 60,000 BBL oil tank barge built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90) to Bouchard Ocean Services, Inc., Melville, NY.    

Barge B. No. 262 is a manned ocean, clean oil tank barge measuring 350-foot long, with a 70-foot beam and a depth of 25-feet.  The barge is built to, and certified by American Bureau of Shipping and United States Coast Guard to meet the requirements of OPA’90 with ten (10) cargo compartments and two (2) separate pumping systems. The barge is equipped with two (2) Byron Jackson cargo pumps, driven by Detroit series 60 engines, and the deck is equipped with two (2) Techcrane model F10-50 electric-hydraulic cranes.

Morton S. Bouchard, III, President/CEO of Bouchard Affiliates (Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. / Bouchard Coastwise Management Corp. / Bouchard Ocean Services, Inc.) said, "We are pleased to have taken delivery of the first of three barges within the next 10 months that will conclude our double hull construction business plan that was implemented in 1992. Bouchard will have replaced its entire single hull fleet with flush deck double hull barges as mandated with the enactment of OPA’90.  Upon completion of this building phase Bouchard will be pursuing other areas to improve and build the infrastructure of our company.”

In addition to the B. No. 262, Bollinger is also building a sister ship, B. No. 264, another 60,000 BBL clean oil barge scheduled for delivery in March 2010 from Bollinger Marine Fabricators, and B. No 284, an 80,000 BBL manned ocean, clean oil barge measuring 399-feet long, with a 74-foot beam and a depth of 28-feet, scheduled to deliver from Bollinger Gretna in June 2009.

"Bollinger is delighted to deliver the B. No. 262 on-budget and on-schedule, and we are very pleased to continue to play a vital role in Bouchard's build programs.  Our talented workforce continues to provide superior craftsmanship, exemplifying the Bollinger tradition,” said Chris Bollinger, Bollinger’s executive vice president of new construction.

Founded in 1918, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., Bouchard Coastwise Management Corp., and Bouchard Ocean Services, Inc., (www.bouchardtransport.com) is a total service oil barging company. The Bouchard fleet includes 26 barges ranging from 25,000 BBL to 252,000 BBL and 19 tugs with power ratings from 3,000 to 10,000 horsepower. They serve the U. S. East, Gulf and West Coasts, the Great Lakes, and the Caribbean.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. (www.bollingershipyards.com) is a leading designer and builder of ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats and barges, fast military 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 the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 32 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.


 

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