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    Bollinger Shipyards issues update on post-Katrina situation

    Yard News // September 6, 2005

    Bollinger Shipyards is a well known builder of offshore support vessels.

    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and its devastating effects on the US Gulf Coast, Bollinger Shipyards, the well known builder of offshore support vessels and liftboats and related craft has issued a statement about the situation at its various facilities.

    "Communications have†proven to be very difficult and we appreciate your patience as we work through the challenges," said Bollinger's statement. "Although our corporate headquarters in Lockport has power and telephone service, e-mail appears to be the only reliable method of communication."

    "At present we are assessing the status of Bollinger Shipyards family of employees and facilities. We are making arrangements to get us up and running as quickly and safely as possible," the statement said.

    "Bollinger Lockport Repair, Bollinger Larose, Bollinger Morgan City, Bollinger Marine Fabrication, Bollinger Amelia Repair, Bollinger Calcasieu, Bollinger Texas City and Chand are up and running. Current employees, please contact the yard and/or your supervisor for schedule information," said the statement.

    "Bollinger Lockport New Construction (BLN) had†limited crews working on Saturday September 3rd and†Sunday September 4th.†There were†no night crews working over the weekend.†BLN was closed on Monday for the Labour Day holiday and was due to begin†full operations (including night crews) on Tuesday September 6th.†Contact the yard or your supervisor for more schedule information."

    Bollinger St Rose office is closed until further notice, and employees should†contact their†supervisors for more information.

    Bollinger Gulf Repair facility is inaccessible as well as†Bollinger Algiers Repair, Bollinger Quick Repair, Bollinger Fourchon and Bollinger Gretna facilities.

    "We are working on plans to get these facilities back operational which are dependent on electrical power and access to the affected areas so our employees can get to work. For those current employees whose yard is not in operation yet, please contact or come to one of the operational yards for work," said the statement. "We want to put you back to work in one of our Bollinger family of shipyards. Employees in those non-operational yards can pick up their paycheck in Lockport or can call 877 465 1985 to have your payroll check mailed to you. You will need to give your name, social security number and your supervisorís name to have your check mailed to you"

    Bollinger Shipyards Emergency number is also available with up to date information on current operations. The number is:†866 277 1613.

    "We are making the best of this situation and ask for your help in supporting our efforts. Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time," the statement concluded.

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