Lockport, LA., Jan 3, 2008 - LOCKPORT,
La., Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., (BMF) Amelia, La., a Bollinger
Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered the RTC 26 and RTC 27, double hull, oil
tank barges built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990
(OPA90), to Reinauer Transportation Companies, L.L.C., Staten Island, N.Y.
Following the delivery of the RTC 26 and RTC 27, Bollinger announced the signing
of a sister ship, Bollinger hull number 543, scheduled for delivery in the 4th
quarter of 2008. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Bollinger executive vice president of new construction,
Chris Bollinger said, "I am pleased to announce our delivery of the two OPA90
tank barges, and the signing of a third unit to Reinauer. Our signing for the
third unit with Reinauer is a great testament to our facilities workmanship and
dedication in making these units the best in the industry.
The 28,000 BBL capacity RTC 26 and RTC 27 measure 2976 in
length, with a 540 beam and a 130 depth. The two barges each have the
Beacon Finland Ltd. JAK 200 tug/barge coupler system, which is designed to
increase operating efficiency and enhance safety and reliability by operating as
a dual mode ITB. The series of barges are non self-propelled, double hulled
with a raked shaped bow, with six cargo tanks. The barges are classed Lakes,
Bays & Sound (Inland) Tank Barges, ABS +A1 Oil Tank Barge, and USCG
certified. The barges are being constructed primarily for bunkering and harbor
service in ports on the U.S. East Coast.
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.