Bollinger to stretch five Harvey Gulf PSVs

LOCKPORT, La. - Bollinger Shipyards Inc. has a whole lot of cutting and welding to do over the next year or so.

New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine just awarded the Lockport, La., yard a contract to stretch five of the nine Bee Mar vessels it bought last year for $243 million from a sister company of Bollinger.

The 210' Busy Bee-class PSVs will be stretched by 40' and will be designated the 270 class. The 2,700-dwt vessels will go to 3,700 dwt, and liquid mud carrying capacity will increase from 6,300 bbls. to 10,000 bbls. The work is due to be completed by March 2014.

Bollinger also is stretching six Super 200-class DP-1 OSVs to 240 class DP-2s for Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc., Covington, La. That project is expected to be finished late this year. The extension will add 600 tons to the vessels’ 2,250 tons of deadweight capacity and roughly double the liquid mud carrying capacity to 8,000 bbls. 

Bollinger is still wrangling with the federal government in court over the stretching of eight Coast Guard cutters from 110’ to 123’, which were deemed unseaworthy. A federal judge in late January threw out the case in which the government accused the yard of making false statements about the boats’ hull strength. She gave the Department of Justice 20 days to amend its claim with more specifics.