Marine Log

DBL 103 and Tug Norwegian Sea complete sea-trials

February 28, 2006

Bollinger gets repeat order from K-Sea

Bollinger Marine Fabricators, LLC, Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered Bollinger hull No. 490, DBL 103, an ocean service double hull, oil tank barge built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA '90), to K-Sea Transportation Corporation, Staten Island, N.Y.

Following the delivery of the DBL 103, Bollinger announced the signing of the sister ship, DBL 104, Bollinger hull No. 514.

The 100,000 BBL capacity DBL 103 measures 399.11-feet in length with a 74-foot beam and a 25-foot depth. The DBL103 is a near sister ship to the DBL 101 and DBL 102 that Bollinger delivered to K-Sea in 2002 and 2004.

The barge has been built primarily for oil service on the Northeast U. S. coast and Gulf of Mexico region.

President and CEO of K-Sea, Timothy J. Casey, said, "Bollinger is playing an important roll in our company's expansion. They continue to deliver quality and consistent workmanship in their new-builds, as well as in the retrofits and conversions to our existing equipment."

DBL 103 is coupled with an existing K-Sea tug, NORWEGIAN SEA, using the state-of-the-art JAK 400 tug/barge push-pin coupler system, which is designed to increase operating efficiency and enhance safety and reliability by operating as a dual mode ITB.

While the DBL 103 was in the final stages of construction, Bollinger Larose, L.L.C., retrofitted the NORWEGIAN SEA with the JAK coupler system and completed a retrofit of the vessels electronics, along with the manufacturing and installation of a raised pilot house.

"The delivery of the DBL 103 and the signing of the DBL 104 with K-Sea represent six offshore OPA'90 barge units that BSI has built for K-Sea over the past four years," said Donald "Boysie" Bollinger, chairman and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. "Our teaming on conversions and additional building programs such as K-Sea's four 28,000 bbl units is a great indicator of how BSI endeavors to be a part of the operator's future growth."