Bollinger awarded six offshore supply vessel conversions, work to include its Morgan City shipyard

LOCKPORT, La. — Bollinger Shipyards Inc.’s Morgan City shipyard will share in the work to convert six 200 class DP1 offshore supply vessels, to 240 class DP2 OSVs, according to a news release from Bollinger announcing a contract awarded by Hornbeck Offshore Services.

The announcement was made by Bollinger executive vice president, Ben Bordelon, who said, “We are very pleased to announce the award of the HOS Super 200 conversion program. Our relationship with Hornbeck Offshore goes back many years and we are proud to be a part of their continued commitment to better service their clients with this advancement of their fleet.”

The news of the conversion program was announced by Hornbeck on Sept. 4. The company stated they have decided to implement a retrofit program to stretch and upgrade six 200 class DP-1 OSVs into 240 class DP-2 OSV’s. The designated vessels for the program are six of Hornbeck’s 10 Super 200 class DP1 units, four of which are the vessels that recently completed two-year charters with Petrobras in Brazil.

In order to meet the delivery schedule required by Hornbeck, Bollinger will carry out the conversions at Bollinger Larose and Bollinger Morgan City. Both facilities have long-standing business relationships with Hornbeck, and both facilities have serviced the super 200s for regulatory and routine maintenance over the years, the news release stated.

Built in 1999 and 2000, the vessels were acquired by Hornbeck in 2007. Due to their 56-foot beam, the planned 40-foot mid-body extensions and DP upgrades will bring each vessel’s capacity up to about 2,850 tons of deadweight and roughly double their liquid mud carrying capacity to approximately 8,000 barrels, the news release stated.

Hornbeck Offshore is a leading provider of technologically advanced, new generation OSVs serving the offshore oil and gas industry, primarily in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and in select international markets, the news release stated. The focus of Hornbeck’s OSV business is on complex exploration and production activities, which include deepwater, deep well and other logistically demanding projects.

Bollinger Shipyards owns and operates 10 shipyards located between New Orleans and Houston with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is a leading provider of new construction and other services to offshore energy, commercial and government marine markets and is the largest vessel repair/conversion company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 28 drydocks in Louisiana and Texas, the news release stated.

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