Shipbuilders Council of America honors Bollinger for excellence in safety for 17th consecutive year
Lockport, La., – May 25, 2022 – Bollinger Shipyards (“Bollinger”) was presented with the 2021 “Award for Excellence in Safety” by the Shipbuilders Council of America (“SCA”) for its exceptional record of safety in the shipyard industry. Bollinger has been the recipient of the prestigious award for Excellence in Safety for 17 consecutive years – an unprecedented streak in the shipbuilding industry. Bollinger also earned the Shipbuilders Council of America awards for Significant Safety Achievement and Improvement in Safety.
SCA, the national association for the shipyard industry, presented the award to Bollinger’s President and CEO Ben Bordelon at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in recognition of the company’s exceptional record of safety, enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention over the past year.
The award is notable as 2021 presented a number of acute challenges, including the global COVID-19 pandemic and a historic storm season. A number of Bollinger facilities experienced significant damage as a result of Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in August 2021 near Port Fourchon, Louisiana as a powerful Category 4 storm – the strongest storm on record to make landfall in the state. Employee safety remained a top priority throughout the rebuilding and recovery process.
“While Bollinger Shipyards is always proud to be recognized as an industry leader in workplace safety amongst our peers, this year’s award is especially meaningful after everything our employees experienced in 2021,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President and CEO. “Despite the challenges presented by the ongoing global pandemic and the devastating loss following Hurricane Ida, the men and women of Bollinger maintained their commitment to upholding the highest level of safety in our industry – the Bollinger Standard. I want to commend the resilience and dedication of our employees who continued to work safely and efficiently to deliver high quality vessels for our customers on schedule and on budget.”
“We’re proud to recognize Bollinger and its hardworking men and women who lead the shipyard industry’s culture of safety year after year,” said Matthew Paxton, SCA President. “Despite the unprecedented challenges faced by the shipbuilding industry over the past year, Bollinger took the necessary action to protect the health and safety of its workers while continuing to keep its yards open and working, showcasing why it continues to be a maritime industry leader in workplace safety.”
About the Shipbuilders Council of America
Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) is the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry. SCA member companies constitute the U.S. shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes U.S. Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other government agencies including the U.S. Army, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Maritime Administration. SCA members also build, repair and service America’s fleet of commercial vessels. In addition, SCA represents the critical supplier companies that are the foundation of the U.S. shipyard industrial base and provide the necessary equipment and services for both commercial and government shipbuilders.
About Bollinger Shipyards LLC
Bollinger Shipyards LLC (www.bollingershipyards.com) has a 75-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 11 shipyards, 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.