Bollinger Increases Capacity at Port Fourchon

Bollinger's repair and conversion shipyard at Port Fourchon, La., on the Gulf of Mexico, can now accommodate rigs, ships and boats with drafts to 27 feet, thanks to 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 said, "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 added 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 Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La. is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 42 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas. Bollinger is also a leading designer and builder of offshore oil field support vessels, tugboats, rigs, liftboats, barges and fast patrol boats and other steel and aluminum products from its three new construction shipyards. Bollinger owns and operates 14 shipyards strategically located between New Orleans and Houston with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and Intracoastal Waterway.