Bollinger Completes Conversions for Epic's Dive Support Vessels

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., of Lockport, Louisiana, has performed conversions and modifications to three separate dive support vessels for EPIC Divers & Marine of Harvey, Louisiana, a leading commercial diving company with over thirty-five (35) years of service to the marine community.

"Bollinger took on these projects under severe industry conditions and at the end of the day delivered us three quality support vessels", said EPIC president Julie Rodriguez.

The first of the three conversions was completed on the 220-ft x 45-ft x 21-ft dynamically positioned (DP) Class II Dive and ROV support vessel EPIC Diver at the Bollinger Algiers location. The EPIC Diver is one of the newest acquisitions to the EPIC fleet and will be their primary DP and ROV support vessel. While at Bollinger the vessel renewed her regulatory status and documentation, received DP system upgrades with the installation of the L3 Communications (Nautronix) NMS 6000 Duplex DP System, while taking on the new colors and name EPIC Diver. The vessel is ABS Certified, DPII, and SOLAS.

The second and third vessel upgrades both came out of Bollinger's Larose facility. The EPIC Explorer was delivered from the Larose facility after going through a full conversion from offshore supply vessel to a four-point, 1000' saturation dive support vessel, with upgraded accommodations for forty-eight persons, newly installed 1,000-ft. six-person Saturation Dive system and associated dive support equipment, EBI 30 ton telescoping deck crane, 10–ft diameter Moon Pool, updated electrical components, and renewed regulatory compliance meeting all USCG inspection criteria for subchapter I certification. The vessel measures 210-ft x 40-ft x 14-ft with over 1600 feet of clear deck space.

The third vessel, the EPIC Seahorse, completed a life extension program renewing all regulatory requirements and reconfiguring the vessel for optimum use of the back deck area, repositioning dive support equipment below deck. The vessel measures 210-ft x 40-ft x 14-ft and is capable of providing a full range of subsea project support as a four-point vessel.

Executive Vice President of Bollinger Shipyards, Ben Bordelon said, "The coordination between the EPIC and Bollinger project teams, along with the dedicated craftsmen at each of the two Bollinger facilities proved to be the leading factor in the success of these three programs. EPIC's confidence to team with us for all three projects was a significant boost and motivator for the two facility managers and their project teams."

EPIC Divers & Marine, is a leading commercial diving and support services company operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was founded in 1972 as EPIC Divers, Inc. and has expanded into a premier company valued around safety.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. is a leading designer and builder of ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats and barges, fast military patrol boats and other steel and aluminum products from its three new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 13 shipyards and all are strategically located between New Orleans and Houston with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 40 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.