LA., February 10, 2006 - Bollinger Marine Fabricators, LLC, (BMF)
Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has signed a contract with
Progressive Barge Line, Inc., New Orleans, La. for the construction of a leading
edge double hull OPA '90 Lakes, Bays and Sounds tank barge.
The Bollinger hull #
505, will have capacity of 28,000 barrels (BBL) and is a near sister ship to
four similar hulls also under construction at the active BMF facility for
another operator. Elliot Bay Design Group performed the design and engineering
package in support of Bollinger. Terms of the contract were not
Hull #505 will be
built primarily for bunkering services on the Mississippi River and throughout
the port of New Orleans. The barge will be built in accordance with American
Bureau of Shipping rules and certified by United States Coast Guard for rivers,
lakes, bays and sounds service for carriage of Grade A products and below. It
will be subdivided into six (6) cargo tanks, each with pipe coils for heating
cargo. The heater system will be a 4 million BTU Hopkins Volcanic, with 2 inch
piping coils lining the bottom of each cargo tank for optimum heat
The 28,000 BBL
capacity barge will measure 297.6-feet in length, with a 54-foot beam and
13-foot depth. Delivery is planned for the third quarter of 2006.
Line, Inc. is the owner operator of tugs and barges operating mainly on the
lower Mississippi river region, based out of Westwego, Louisiana.
Inc., 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.