Lockport, LA., July 31, 2007 - Bollinger Marine
Fabricators, L.L.C., Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has
delivered B. No. 231, the first of two double hull, 35,000 barrel (BBL) oil tank
barge units built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990
(OPA’90), to Bouchard Ocean Services, Melville, N.Y.
Morton S. Bouchard III, president and chief executive officer
of Bouchard Affiliates, said "The delivery of the B. No. 231 is another step
forward for Bouchard, and our commitment to our customers to provide the highest
quality equipment that meets their changing needs. The Bollinger design, along
with their manufacturing process and skilled labor force, insure that we are
getting paramount barges, tugs and service for our new and existing fleet.”
The B. No. 231 is a manned, clean oil, oceans tank barge
measuring 300-feet long, with a 64-foot beam and a depth of 21-feet. The barge
has ten cargo tanks, with Byron Jackson cargo pumps, driven by John Deere
engines. The barge has accommodations with full galley for four, and is classed
ABS, +A1 Oil Tank Barge, Manned Oceans.
The sister ship, B. No. 233 is scheduled to deliver from
Bollinger Marine Fabricators in the second quarter of 2008. Bollinger will also
be delivering the 80,000 BBL, B. No. 282 in the 4th quarter of 2007, and the B.
No. 260, a 60,000 BBL in the 3rd quarter 2008, from the Bollinger Gretna
"We have been
successful in working with Bouchard from our new construction, as well as our
repair/conversion facilities” said Donald "Boysie” Bollinger, chairman and chief
executive officer of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., "The diversity of our shipyards
and workforce maintains our ability to provide customers like Bouchard with a
single point of contact to respond to their demands in the marine market for new
construction, conversions and repairs.”
Bouchard conversion projects at Bollinger Gulf Repair and
Bollinger Algiers are moving forward with the tank barge B. No. 295, previously
B. No. 195, being transformed from a single hull to double hull vessel to meet
the requirements of OPA ’90, with her tug, the 127-foot, BOUCHARD GIRLS, as well
as the tug ELLEN S. BOUCHARD at Bollinger Algiers undergoing regulatory renewals
and upgrades. The B. No. 295, BOUCHARD GIRLS and ELLEN S. BOUCHARD will be
retrofit with the Intercon connection system.
Founded in 1918,
Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., and Bouchard Coastwise Management Co. (www.bouchardtransport.com) is a
total service oil barging company. The Bouchard fleet includes 28 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.
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 40 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.