Lockport, LA . . . March 24, 2010 - Bollinger Algiers,
L.L.C., and Bollinger Amelia Repair, L.L.C., two Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.
companies, have redelivered the double hull asphalt Barge B. No. 235, a 133,000
barrel (BBL) Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90) compliant tank barge and
accompanying tug, J. George Betz, a 6140 horsepower oceangoing tug, back into
service for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., Melville, NY as an Articulated
Tug/Barge (ATB) unit.
In an effort to continue upgrading their fleet, Bouchard contracted with
Bollinger Shipyards to upgrade both the tank barge B. No. 235 and the oceangoing
Tug J. George Betz to better serve Bouchard’s customer base, increasing the
safety and efficiencies of the barge and tug as an articulated
Bollinger’s Executive Vice-President of Repair, Ben Bordelon, made the
announcement saying, "We are very pleased to once again be part of Bouchard’s
continued efforts to upgrade their fleet. The work schedules of Bollinger
Algiers and Bollinger Amelia Repair were able to accommodate both upgrades
concurrently for the strategic conversion of the B. No. 235 and the Tug J.
George Betz. These projects enabled Bollinger to capitalize on the capabilities
of our facilities to produce a quality product, which met Bouchard’s schedule in
a safe and timely manner. We look forward to working with Bouchard on future
The Barge B. No 235 was taken out of service and delivered to Bollinger’s
Amelia facility to install the Intercon connection system and upgrade the barge
with a full ballast system. During the conversion process, the barge also
completed its regulatory docking and permitting process prior to successfully
completing builder’s trials. Returning to full service as an ATB asphalt capable
tank barge, the barge measures 483’ x 80’ x 36’2” without the tug coupled into
At the same time that the Barge B. No 235 was taken out of
service, the accompanying tug, J. George Betz, was delivered to the Bollinger
Algiers facility to install the Intercon connection system, upgrade the vessels
electronics systems as well as complete regulatory docking and permitting with
The American Bureau of Shipping. When returned to service, the 127’ x 37’ x
20’, 6140 BHP tug will be able to lock into the barge for safe, efficient
sailing as an articulated unit.
Morton S. Bouchard, III, President/CEO of
Bouchard Affiliates (Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. / Bouchard Ocean
Services) said, "Bouchard continues to upgrade our fleet to better service our
customers and increase safety and efficiency. The M/V J. George Betz and B. No.
235 conversion to intercon and segregated ballast is the first of three upgrades
which we hope to complete in the future. I would like to thank the men and women
of Bollinger for another successful project and look forward to future contracts
with the Bollinger companies.”
After completing builder’s trials, the vessels departed to take on its first
load of product as an ATB unit.
Founded in 1918, Bouchard Transportation Co.,
Inc., (www.bouchardtransport.com) is a
total service oil barging company. The Bouchard fleet includes 23 barges ranging
from 35,000 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) owns
and operates 12 shipyards strategically located between New Orleans and Houston
with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and Intracoastal
Waterway. Bollinger is a leading provider of new construction and other
services to offshore energy, commercial and government marine markets and is the
largest vessel repair/conversion company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a
total of 32 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.