The Coast Guard has exercised a contract option to award Bollinger Shipyards two additional Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutters, which will bring the number of Bollinger-built FRCs to 67 in the ongoing program.

To date, the Coast Guard has commissioned 55 of the 154’ FRCs into operational service.

“We’re incredibly proud of our long history supporting the U.S. Coast Guard that now stretches four decades,” said Bollinger Shipyards President and CEO Ben Bordelon. “Our unique experience building for the Coast Guard is unparalleled and has shown time and time again that we can successfully deliver the highest quality and most capable vessels. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Coast Guard.”

 Both FRCs will be built at Bollinger’s Lockport, La. Facility, supporting over 650 direct jobs in Lafourche Parish out of the nearly 4,000 shipbuilders supporting Bollinger’s 13 facilities across Louisiana and Mississippi.

 Bollinger officials say the FRC program has had a total economic impact of over $2 billion since its inception in material spending. Along with more 650 direct jobs in Southeast Louisiana, the program has indirectly created 1,690 new jobs from operations and capital investment with an annual economic impact on GDP of $202 million, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Maritime Administration (Marad).

In addition to the construction of the FRC, Bollinger is currently contracted to build the Coast Guard’s Polar Security Cutter (PSC), the Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS), the Auxiliary Personnel Lighter (APL), the newest oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67) and the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessels (MCM USV) for the U.S. Navy.

Bollinger is also building three Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV) for the National Science Foundation through Oregon State University. Bollinger also supports the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine program by building various platforms for General Dynamics-Electric Boat.