We Are The Makers

A Lasting Legacy

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has a 75-year legacy as a leading designer and builder of high-performance Coast Guard cutters, U.S. Navy 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. maritime industrial base. 

A Strategic Footprint

Bollinger is the largest privately-owned shipyard in the United States with 13 shipyards, strategically located throughout Louisiana with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is also the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Founded as a small machine shop by Donald G. Bollinger in 1946 to service the local agriculture and oil industries, today Bollinger Shipyards is under its third generation of family ownership and is the largest privately owned and operated shipbuilder in the United States.

Our Mission

Bollinger Shipyards is the leading provider of quality construction, manufacturing, engineering, repair, and conversion products and services to the marine industry and beyond delivered in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Core values

Commitment to Safety

Importance of Relationships

Pride in Workmanship

Respect for Others

Honesty and Integrity

Support for Our Community

Respect for Environment

Family Atmosphere

A letter from Our President and CEO

As President and CEO of the company that I have loved all my life, I welcome you to learn more about who we are and all we have to offer at Bollinger Shipyards. Fishing with my grandfather, Donald Bollinger, near the family marsh in south Louisiana gave me a lot of time to hear stories about his vision as well as his personal and business life. He began the company in 1946 and understood that the oil and gas business was going to boom after World War II, and it did. The maritime industry would need machine shops, new construction and repair yards. He began small, but he had a vision and his vision became reality. This created a foundation for us to become established and grow.

My uncle, Boysie Bollinger, followed in my grandfather’s footsteps during the 80’s and built the company with a particular focus on military cutters. It was a great balance with innovative building along with construction and repair for the oil and gas sector. In a planned family transition in 2014, I was happy and humbled to assume the leadership of Bollinger Shipyards. I will continue to work hard to make Bollinger the company my family always envisioned it would be.

Strength comes from strength. We continue to focus on providing the best value and servicing our long list of commercial and government customers. We also are currently doing our part in protecting our country by providing the highest quality cutters to the United States Coast Guard. To date we have delivered more than 170 vessels to the Coast Guard, Navy and Army. 

Three generations of my family at the helm and their continued success in the faces of numerous challenges and adversity have made Bollinger Shipyards the strong company that it is today. My grandfather told me years ago that markets will change, but your values should not. Here at Bollinger, we remain focused on an intense commitment to our existing customer base and hustle to find new ones. Our team continues to expand that base for new and innovative programs. With a deep appreciation for our workers and an absolute focus on safety, a clean environment and quality service, we have grown this company built upon the solid foundation laid by my parents, uncle and grandfather.

We look forward to serving you with the same high level of quality and service that our customers have come to expect from Bollinger over the past 75 years.

Be safe.

With gratitude,

Ben Bordelon