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Bollinger Delivers Third 60,000 Barrel Double Hull OPA '90 Tank Barge to Hornbeck - Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lockport , LA., April 10, 2008 - Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., (BMF) Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered the ENERGY 6508, double hull, oil tank barge built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90), to Hornbeck Offshore Transportation, L.L.C.  The delivery of the ENERGY 6508 was preceded by the delivery of the ENERGY 6506 and ENERGY 6507 earlier in 2007.  Terms of the contract were not disclosed.     

Bollinger chairman and CEO Donald "Boysie” Bollinger said, "I am pleased to announce our delivery of the ENERGY 6508 to Hornbeck Offshore from our Bollinger Marine Fabricators (BMF) facility.  Our BMF team did a great job on the ENERGY 6508 and her earlier sister ships.  In signing a contract of this size following a locally concentrated natural disaster, Bollinger worked hard to insure that these units maintained the Bollinger seal of being the best in the industry.”

The 60,000 BBL capacity ENERGY 6508 measures 362’0” in length, with a 60’0” beam and a 29’0” depth.  The series of barges are OPA’90 compliant, classed by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to the requirements of the Maltese Cross A1, unmanned oceans, and manned special service.  Each unit is certified by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), under subchapter "D” and "O”, oceans, for grade "A” and lower products.  Each vessel has six (6) main cargo tank pairs, "Guard Level” Ian Conrad Bergan cargo tank gauging and overfill protection, vapor recovery, and a Brunvoll tunnel thruster for increased maneuverability.  Barges are outfitted with quarters and accommodations for four (4) persons.

Carl Annessa, Hornbeck Offshore’s Executive Vice President and C.O.O. commented, "We thank all of the men and women at Bollinger Shipyards for their perseverance in completing this three barge serial construction program despite the many business difficulties faced by the industry in the months following hurricane Katrina.   Hornbeck Offshore, its crews and its customers are very pleased with the performance of the barges in service, and we are happy that these unique double hull barges carry the Bollinger pedigree.”

Hornbeck Offshore Transportation, L.L.C. (http://www.hornbeckoffshore.com) is a leading provider of technologically advanced, new generation OSV’s serving the offshore oil and gas industry, primarily in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and in select international markets. The focus of their OSV business is on complex exploration and production activities, which include deepwater, deep well and other logistically demanding projects. They are also a leading transporter of petroleum products through their tug and tank barge segment serving the energy industry, primarily in the northeastern United States, the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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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