La.-based Bollinger to build 3 tank barges for a New York company

La.-based Bollinger to build 3 tank barges for a New York company

Bollinger Gretna and Bollinger Marine Fabricators have signed contracts for construction of three tank barges for Melville, N.Y.- based Bouchard Ocean Services.

“Bollinger is ending the year on a positive note with the recent delivery of several vessels, and we are bringing in 2008 on a great note with the signing of these three units with Bouchard,” said Chris Bollinger, executive vice president of new construction for the Lockport-based shipbuilder.

The contracts are for one 80,000-barrel and two 60,000-barrel units.

The 80,000-barrel tank barge, to be built at Bollinger Gretna in Harvey, is a 399-foot manned ocean clean-oil barge. It is designed with 12 cargo compartments and three separate pumping systems and to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

The two 60,000-barrel tank barges, which will be built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators in Amelia, are 350-foot manned ocean clean-oil vessels. These barges, with 10 cargo compartments and two separate pumping systems, are also being built to meet OPA 1990 requirements.

“We are pleased to have come to an agreement with Bollinger for the next segment of Bouchard’s double-hull program,” said Morton Bouchard III, president and CEO of Bouchard Affiliates, the parent company for Bouchard Ocean Services. “These three barges will provide our existing and new customers with the safety and efficiency that they demand.”

Bollinger is a leading designer and builder of ocean-going vessels. The company has 13 shipyards and is the largest vessel- repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region, with a total of 40 dry docks in Louisiana and Texas.

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