DECEMBER 11, 2014—To bolster its vessel repair capabilities for the offshore and inland waterways markets, Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, LA, recently took delivery of two dry docks with a total lifting capacity of 12,000 tons.
With the new dry docks, Bollinger Shipyards now has 30 dry docks at its 10 facilities along the Gulf Coast. “These two docks will position us well in the diverse customer markets that we serve, and will further enhance our position in the market with lifting capacity needed by our customers,” says Bollinger COO Ben Bordelon. The terms and conditions of the purchase of the two dry docks was not disclosed.
One of the docks, the Mr. Eric is a 10,500-ton dry dock that is located at the Bollinger Port Fourchon facility. Mr. Eric measures 320 ft x 100 ft between the wing walls. Dry docks with larger lifting capacities are a necessity for repair yards that are looking to attract and service larger, next generation offshore support vessels. The first vessel on the dry dock was the 292 ft Platform Supply Vessel Harvey Supporter, owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine, New Orleans, LA. Bollinger now has three commercial dry docks located in Fourchon with a combined lifting capacity of over 22,000 tons.
The second dock, a 1,500-ton dry dock will be located at the Bollinger Quick Repair (BQR) facility in Harvey, LA, and measures 160-ft x 60-ft between the wing walls. BQR is located off the Mississippi River on the Harvey Canal and provides service to both the inland and offshore marine transportation sector with six dry docks ranging from 900 to 3,400 ton lifting capacity.
Bollinger recently announced the development of Bollinger Fourchon North at the Port of Fourchon. Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2015, the facility will have ample dry dock capacity for most all of the vessels operating in the Gulf and out of the port. In addition to the three docks currently in the port for Bollinger, the facility will include a business park with housing, fabrication and machining for subsea equipment, structural components for subsea pipelines and deepwater developments, as well as project and equipment laydown areas. The current Bollinger facility, Bollinger Fourchon South, will remain the rig, topside repair and conversion facility on the main channel in the Port of Fourchon.