2001 Maritime

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September 4, 2001

Bollinger upgrades Port Fourchon yard
Bollinger Shipyards' repair and conversion yard at Port Fourchon, La., on the Gulf of Mexico, can now accommodate rigs, ships and boats with drafts to 27 feet.

This follows completion of dredging from the sea buoys in the Gulf to Bollinger’s Fourchon 350 foot slip which has also been deepened.

Walter Berry, executive VP and chief operating officer of Bollinger says “The deepened waterway and slip permit us to offer services to larger jack-up and matted rigs as well as bigger ships and boats. We also have additional shore power providing electrical power for vessels’ hotel loads as well as additional cherry pickers and forklifts that can lift from 20 to 55 tons.”

Berry adds that Fourchon’s close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico decreases mobilization and downtime and the facility is supported by other nearby Bollinger shipyards whose machine shops, panel lines, pipe refabrication and propeller, carpentry and electrical shops provide rapid response without having to wait for subcontractors.

Bollinger delivers another 145.5 ft utility boat
Ms. Caroline, the first of four 145.5-foot utility vessels being built for Guilbeau Marine, Inc., Cut Off, La. by Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., has been delivered following successful completion of sea trials. The second boat, Mr. Chad is scheduled for delivery later this month.

Guilbeau Marine, Inc., has been operating in the Gulf of Mexico for over 40 years. The company currently owns three-125 foot crew boats, two-125 foot utility boats and one-145 foot utility boat. The two new boats are named in honor of Caroline Guilbeau, granddaughter of owner Anthony “Noonie” Guilbeau, Jr. and Chad Guilbeau, office manager of the company.

“Older utility boats in the 110 foot to 125 foot range are becoming obsolete,” said Chad Guilbeau, “and this new Bollinger 145 foot design is ideal for working the shallower waters of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf because of their size, versatility and maneuverability. Both of these boats are scheduled to go on production support projects right after delivery.”

Scott Theriot, executive VP, new construction of Bollinger says that with With 42 drydocks, Bollinger's technical people meet new challenges every day by solving unusual repair, conversion and retrofits with innovative solutions.

"Their contact with boat owners, captains and crews provides our naval architects and marine engineers with direct knowledge of operations and ways to improve future designs. This dialog often produces ideas that will make boats more user-friendly and safer while providing optimum vessel and bottom line performance. Much of that input is synthesized into the 145 utility design," says Theriot. "That, and its under 100 gross ton registration, are other reasons for its wide acceptance by many operators.”

Each of the Guilbeau boats will be 145.5 feet long, with a 36-foot beam and 11.5-foot maximum draft. Each will be powered by two Cummins DTA-38MO diesel engines developing a total of 1,500 hp. They will drive two Bollinger stainless steel propellers through Twin Disc MG5301 reverse/reduction gears with a ratio of 4.96:1.

Steering will be provided by a Jastram/Hydraquip system and aided by a Schottel STT110 bow thruster driven by a Cummins diesel engine. Two Quincy air compressors will start the engines of each boat. The engines will be channel cooled and monitored by a Marine One alarm system.
Each boat will be able to carry 50,000 gallons of liquid drilling muds, 32,000 gallons of fuel, 500 gallons of oil and 15,000 gallons of potable water.

The boats will be able to accommodate up to 16 persons.

Major penalties for polluting Mississippi
The EPA reports that three Baton Rouge tugboat service companies, McKinney Towing, Inc., McKinney Harbor Towing, Inc., and Slidell Towing, Inc., and the president of the companies, Glenn McKinney, pleaded guilty last month to violating the Clean Water Act by pumping a mixture of oil and water into the Mississippi River.

McKinney Towing has agreed to pay a $420,000 fine and $80,000 in restitution to be equally divided by the Louisiana State Police Right-to-Know Fund and the Southern Environmental Enforcement Network.

The other companies will pay each pay a $10,000 fine. When sentenced, McKinney faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. During a five year period, the defendants knowingly allowed their tugboats to discharge oily bilge water into the river several times a week. None of the defendants had a permit for the discharges.

The investigation was conducted by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Louisiana State Police and the Baton Rouge Police Department with the assistance of EPA's National Enforcement Investigations Center. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge, La.