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Bollinger Delivers 80,000 Barrel Double Hull OPA '90 Ocean-Going Tank Barge To K-Sea - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lockport, LA., July 15, 2008 - LOCKPORT, La., Bollinger Marine Fabricators, LLC, Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered Bollinger hull #533, DBL 77,  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 L.L.C.     

The 80,000 BBL capacity DBL 77 measures 336-feet, 11-inches in length, has a 74-foot beam and a 25-foot depth. The DBL 77 is the first in a series of two (2) near-sister vessels constructed for K-Sea at Bollinger's Amelia facility. The second tank barge in the series, DBL 76, is scheduled for delivery later this year.  The DBL 77 is equipped with two Volcanic 6,000 BTU Thermal Liquid Heaters and cargo heating coils as well as a vapor recovery system, enabling it to carry either clean or residual cargoes.  DBL 77 will be coupled with an existing K-Sea tug, 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.

President and CEO of K-Sea, Timothy J. Casey, said, "The DBL 77 is a state-of-the-art tank vessel built to the highest regulatory and performance standards and well suited to meet our customers’ requirements.  Our long-standing relationship with Bollinger has yielded another high-quality addition to the K-Sea fleet, on schedule and within budget.  Our ability to meet the financial and operational targets in our new construction program is critical to our success, and I would like to thank the employees at K-Sea and Bollinger for their efforts.”

"Bollinger facilities have built fifteen (15) OPA'90 compliant tank barges for K-Sea, and we have built an additional twenty-nine (29) OPA’90 barges for the marine industry over the years,” said Donald "Boysie” Bollinger, chairman and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. "Our ability to meet the needs of our customers and the OPA'90 market is a tribute to our workforce, and we thank K-Sea for their continued support of our services.”

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. (www.bollingershipyards.com) 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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