Darren Savoye has been elevated to Executive Vice President of Engineering & Business Development

Richard Murphy has been elevated to Vice President of Government Program Management for the Louisiana Divisions

LOCKPORT, La., — (May 12, 2022) – Bollinger Shipyards LLC (“Bollinger”) today announced the promotions of Darren Savoye and Richard Murphy. Mr. Savoye has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Engineering & Business Development and Mr. Murphy has been elevated to Vice President of Government Program Management for the Louisiana Divisions. They will begin to serve in their new roles effective immediately.

“I’ve always said Bollinger’s greatest strength is its people and I believe that wholeheartedly,” said Ben Bordelon, President and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. “Both Darren and Richard are leaders on my team and have made significant contributions to our success in their combined 30 years with Bollinger and know that in their new roles, they will continue to position the company for continued success long into the future.”

With over 30 years of shipyard and engineering experience, Mr. Savoye will assume responsibility for overseeing all commercial and government engineering and business development for the Company. Since joining the Bollinger Team in 1995, Mr. Savoye held the positions of Project Engineer, Program Manager, Director of Advanced Programs and Vice President of Business Development in which he was responsible for all facets of technical design, estimating, government and commercial proposal development and negotiation of new contracts.

Mr. Murphy will oversee all government programs being designed and built in Bollinger’s Louisiana facilities, including the Fast Response Cutter and Waterways Commerce Cutter programs for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM USV) and the Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ships (T-ATS) programs for the U.S. Navy, as well as the Regional Class Research Vessel for the National Science Foundation and Oregon State University. Mr. Murphy joined Bollinger Shipyards in 2013. He has held the positions of Senior Manager for U.S. Coast Guard and other governmental programs and Senior Program Manager for Design Programs. Previously, Mr. Murphy completed 30 years with the U.S. Coast Guard, culminating with the rank of Captain.

Mr. Savoye holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management, both from the University of New Orleans. Mr. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.


Bollinger Shipyards LLC has a 76-year legacy as a leading designer and builder of high-performance military patrol boats and salvage vessels, research vessels, ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tugboats, rigs, lift boats, inland waterways push boats, barges, and other steel and aluminum products from its new construction shipyards as part of the U. S. industrial base. Bollinger has 14 facilities, all strategically located throughout Louisiana 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. Learn more at our website: