U.S Senator David Vitter (R-La.), keynote speaker at the Bollinger ceremony, commends the workforce on the delivery of the 75th 87-foot CPB.
May 2, 2009
Bollinger marks completion of CPB program
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. hosted a Celebration of Success ceremony, Friday. It marked completion of the 87-foot Marine Protector-class Coastal Patrol Boat (CPB) project. The event featured the USCGC SEA FOX (WPB 87374).
With 69 in service, CBPs are conducting daily patrols in and around almost every port in the United States and are on the front line of Living Marine Resource (LMR)/Fisheries enforcement. They assist in boardings and inspections of commercial fishing vessels in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic/Pacific oceans, interdicting illegal immigrants and narcotics flowing through the Eastern Pacific and Straits of Florida, and long range Search and Rescue.
The vessel's performance, reliability and operational capability prompted the U.S. Navy to purchase four CBPs and the Republic of Malta's Navy to purchase two.
Speakers at Friday's event included U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.), Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Acquisition Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. CEO and Chairman of the Board Donald "Boysie" Bollinger, Bollinger Executive Vice President, New Construction, Chris Bollinger, and 42-year Bollinger employee L.J. Adams, Facility Foreman.
Guests included dignitaries from federal, state and local agencies, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as employees of the Bollinger workforce.
The USCGC SEA FOX is the 124th new cutter designed, built and delivered by Bollinger to the Coast Guard. The vessel represents the 75th cutter of the class.
The Marine Protector Class patrol boat contract was awarded to Bollinger in March, 1996.