| Thursday, August 7, 2014 |
Shipyards, based in Lockport, has recently been awarded a $255 million contract
for building six fast-response cutters to replace part of the USCG’s aging
Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who is the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Homeland
Security Subcommittee, stated that she had included the funding for the cutters
in the FY 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.
to Landrieu, in addition to updating aging vessels, the contract will keep
1,200 employees in their jobs at Bollinger. Not only that, but Landrieu also estimates that an additional 1,800
workers for suppliers and subcontractors will remain on the job.
Landrieu, “The men and women of the Coast Guard have gone above and beyond to
protect our citizens, ecosystems and way of life through hurricanes, oil
spills, river closures and countless search and rescue missions. The Coast
Guard is part of our DNA in Louisiana. I am proud that Louisiana's highly
skilled workers will play an important part in keeping the Coast Guard strong
for generations to come,”
Bollinger, President of Bollinger Shipyards, was more than pleased, stating, “This
is great news for our talented and dedicated shipbuilders at Bollinger. This
award of additional FRCs will continue to provide the Coast Guard with six more
game-changing assets as they conduct their critical missions. I deeply
appreciate Senator Landrieu's support of the Coast Guard and shipbuilding in
says that the addition of funding for the cutters from the USCG’s discretionary
fund in the current federal budget will mean a savings of $5 million per vessel
($30 million for taxpayers).
new vessels will find homes in Atlantic Beach, NC; South Portland, Maine; and
Honolulu, Hawaii. The USCG’s intention
is to acquire 58 cutters, with 30 being paid for through the current fiscal
year, and Senator Landrieu stated that she will include additional funding for
six more vessels in the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.
Bollinger delivered its 10th-fastest
response cutter to the 7th Coast Guard District (Key West, FL) in
June. To build the vessel, Bollinger
utilized an in-service parent craft design that was based on the design of the
Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. The flank
speed of the vessel is 28 knots, and it includes state-of-the-art control,
command, communications, computer technology, as well as a stern launch system
for the ship’s cutter boat.