Bollinger Receives $73.4-Million Modification To Build USCG Patrol Boats

Bollinger Machine Shop & Shipyard, Inc., a family-owned builder located on Bayou Lafourche outside of New Orleans, recently received a $73.4-million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed contract to construct twelve 110-foot Island Class patrol boats.

The new contract is a follow-on to one awarded by the Coast Guard to Bollinger in 1987. The original contract for sixteen 110-foot patrol boats had been awarded to the yard in 1984. Although these vessels are for the Coast Guard, they are being procured by the Navy under Congressional direction. With the present award, a total of 49 Island Class patrol boats have been contracted at Bollinger.

The WPB 110-foot Island Class patrol boats will be outfitted with ZF's BW-755 transmissions. ZF has received orders for 26 of the transmissions from Caterpillar, manufacturer of the engines for the boats.

The 12 new boats will be 110 feet long, with a 21-foot beam and a 7- 1/3-foot draft. Standard displacement will be 141 tons. Each boat will be powered by two Cat 3516-DITA engines, capable of providing 2,740 bhp at 1,910 rpm. The BW-755 transmissions will provide a 2.33:1 reduction ratio. The Island Class patrol boats will attain an estimated speed of 26 knots.

The Island Class is principally designed for offshore surveillance and search-and-rescue operations.

It is capable of maintaining high speeds in heavy seas.

The first of the new patrol boats is scheduled for launch in December 1990. ZF Marine transmissions were also specified for the 37 Island Class patrol boats previously built for the Coast Guard.

Adm. K.G. Weiman, Coast Guard Chief of Engineering, said in a letter for newspaper syndication, "With regard for Bollinger Shipyard, it is without doubt the finest boatbuilder we have ever done busi- ness with." According to Bollinger, working with the Navy and the Coast Guard has dramatically improved its facility.

Some of the services and facilities available from Bollinger Larose and Lockport yards include: new construction, quality assurance, engineering, gas-freeing, plasma cutting and welding. Bollinger has onsite machine, propeller, aluminum, electrical/electronic, hydraulic, carpenter, and mechanic shops.

Bollinger recently acquired Algiers Iron Works & Dry Dock Co., Inc., New Orleans, La., which specializes in the offshore and workboat sectors. The company will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bollinger.

Over the past 40 years, Bollinger has constructed 168 vessels, ranging from exploration and research vessels, oilfield supply vessels, drill rigs and jack-up boats to oceangoing vessels, deck barges, tugs, push boats and fishing vessels.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 42,  Jul 1990

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