Bollinger christens ocean transport barge

Written by Nick Blenkey
Group in front of ocean transport barge

U.S. Navy, Bollinger Shipyards, General Dynamics Electric Boat and Bristol Harbor Group representatives in front of the ocean transport barge Holland. Group in front of garge

Lockport, La., headquartered Bollinger Shipyards LLC, held a christening ceremony Saturday, July 10, to name the ocean transport barge Holland. Built for General Dynamics Electric Boat under a contract awarded jn November 2019, the 400- by 100-foot barge will support the construction and maintenance of Columbia Class ballistic missile submarines and Virginia Class fast attack submarines.

The concept and contract design for the barge was performed by the Bristol Harbor Group in Rhode Island, while Bollinger performed the detail design engineering at its Lockport, La., facility and construction at the Bollinger Marine Fabrication facility in Amelia, La.

“Bollinger Shipyards is pleased to partner with General Dynamics Electric Boat to help meet the expanding needs of the United States’ Navy,” said Bollinger President and CEO Ben Bordelon. “We believe that in order to build 21st century American vessels, it requires 21st century American tools and equipment manufactured right here in the United States. The Bollinger management team and our skilled workforce are proud and look forward to continue supporting the efforts to modernize our nation’s fleet.”

“The Holland will play an integral role in our mission to design and deliver the Columbia class, the nation’s top strategic defense priority,” said Kevin Graney, president, General Dynamics Electric Boat. “It embodies the spirit of submarine designer John Holland, whose innovation, determination and commitment to excellence laid the foundation for modern submarine construction. We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of our fellow American shipbuilders at Bollinger that made today, and the continuing defense of our nation possible.”

”The Holland is an integral enabler in support of the construction and on time delivery of the Columbia Class to maintain the nation’s strategic deterrence capability,” said Capt. Jon Rucker, program manager of the Columbia Class Submarine Program. “We recognize and appreciate the Bollinger team’s efforts to construct and deliver the Holland to support the Navy.”

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