Dry-dock slated for delivery at Bollinger’s Port Fourchon yard early 2009

Bollinger Shipyards Inc. has scheduled an early 2009 delivery of a new dry-dock for its Bollinger Fourchon LLC shipyard at Port Fourchon.

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Bollinger Shipyards Inc. has scheduled an early 2009 delivery of a new dry-dock for its Bollinger Fourchon LLC shipyard at Port Fourchon.

Of the company’s 13 shipyards along the Louisiana-Texas Gulf Coast, the Fourchon facility has been the only one without the benefit of a dry-dock, say company officials. However, it has provided quick service for the dockside requirements of deepwater multipurpose offshore supply vessels (OSV); mobile drilling units, including larger jackup and matted rigs; and other drilling and production support vessels. The yard offers 24/7 “in and out” topside repair services performed by highly skilled maintenance personnel.

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Artist’s rendition of the 292 x 82-ft (89 x 25-m) dry-dock now under construction for Bollinger Shipyards Inc., which will be installed early 2009 at its Port Fourchon shipyard.
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The new shipbuilding and repair dry-dock is made up of a 292 x 82-ft (89 x 25-m) dock with 25-ft (7.6-m) wing walls and a lift capacity of up to 5,000 tons (4,536 metric tons) It is under construction at a sister Bollinger company in Carlyss, Louisiana, Bollinger Calcasieu Repair.

“To serve Bollinger’s diverse and growing customer base, we saw the need for the dry-dock at Port Fourchon,” says Robert A. Socha, the parent company’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “The company currently owns more than 40 dry-docks, ranging in capacity from 100 to 22,000 tons (91 to 19,958 metric tons). We are adding the Port Fourchon dry-dock as part of an ongoing expansion program there. We increased our crane capacity and will soon add additional crane capacity, along with new equipment for latest-technology shipbuilding.”

The Port Fourchon yard specializes in repair and topside maintenance of a wide variety of ships, workboats, barges and rigs with drafts of up to 27 ft (8.2 m). As with all Bollinger shipyards, the Fourchon facility is ISO 9001:2000 certified.

Gulf’s largest vessel repair firm

Bollinger Shipyards is the largest vessel repair company in the US Gulf of Mexico region. Its 13 shipyards are located at strategic points along the coast between New Orleans and Houston. All yards offer a wide range of machine shop, propeller, carpentry, hydraulic, electrical, support, and engineering services. They offer full sandblasting and painting facilities, as well – all on a round-the-clock basis, meeting industry needs for vessel and rig repair and conversion, as well as equipment load-outs for special projects.

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