Congressman Steve Scalise Visits Bollinger Shipyards’ Lockport Facility to Survey Recovery Efforts Following Hurricane Ida

LOCKPORT, La., ‐‐ (October 12, 2021) – U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (LA‐01), House Whip, toured Bollinger
Shipyards (“Bollinger”) Lockport facility this week to see first‐hand the ongoing recovery efforts
following Hurricane Ida’s landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm in late August. Bollinger’s facilities in
Lockport, Port Fourchon, Larose and Houma suffered significant damage as a result of the storm, which
tied with last year’s Hurricane Laura and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856 as the strongest on record in
Louisiana.


“Our community, like many across South Louisiana, took a direct hit from Hurricane Ida – in many
regards, this storm was worse than Katrina,” said Ben Bordelon, President and CEO of Bollinger
Shipyards. “It’s important for our leaders in Washington to see the impacts of storms like this firsthand.
Despite our extensive rebuilding efforts, Rep. Scalise was still able to see the remaining debris and
damage to our buildings and equipment. But more importantly, he was able see that our skilled
workforce can walk and chew gum ‐‐ you’ve got folks repairing holes in the roof above and replacing
siding while others are building FRCs directly below. We were honored to host Congressman Scalise and that he spent time in Lockport this week touring our facilities and meeting with some of the 650
employees that support our operations here. On behalf of the men and women of Bollinger, I thank
Congressman Scalise for his continued support, recognition and leadership he provides on maritime
issues, and especially on the Fast Response Cutter program.”


On September 24th, following an extensive multi‐week recovery and rebuilding effort, Bollinger
welcomed employees back to all 11 of its facilities across Louisiana. Bollinger’s Lockport facility is home
to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sentinel‐class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) program, which directly supports 650 jobs. This past Sunday, the 46th FRC, USCGC JOHN SCHEUERMAN, departed Lockport for Port Fourchon where it will undergo shakedown exercises in preparation for its delivery to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, FL later this month. Delivery is expected to take place ahead of schedule.


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.


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Bollinger Employee Relief Fund:

Bollinger established the Bollinger Employee Relief Fund, which will help cover the qualified essential and emergency needs of our employees throughout their recovery. We’re humbled and proud that many of our partners, vendors, customers and friends from all over the country have stepped up to fund this critical initiative.

All Bollinger employees impacted by the storm are encouraged to apply and participate in the program. Employees can apply by calling 1-888-448-2727 or by clicking the following link:

https://employees1st.org/bollinger