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    Bollinger to build liftboat pair for Chouest

    Vessel & ROV News // January 16, 2006

    Profile drawing of Bollinger 245ft class liftboats for Chouest.

    Bollinger Shipyards in the US has been awarded a contract by Edison Chouest Offshore, of Galliano, Louisiana, to build a new class of liftboats for the company, thus propelling Chouest into the growing liftboat market. 

    The two 245ft class liftboats, Bollinger hulls 515 and 516, are based on a Bollinger design that is American Bureau of Shipping, (ABS) classed and USCG certified subchapter L, meeting SOLAS/MARPOL requirements. The vessels will be US flagged and will primarily operate in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The three cranes will include a port bow mounted primary crane with a 110ft lattice boom rated for 175 tons; a starboard bow telescoping auxiliary crane rated for 50 tons, and a box boom crane mounted on the starboard stern rated for 25 tons. 

    Equipped with 245ft legs, the self-propelled floating platform will have the ability to work in water depths to 180ft with a 15ft air gap while lifting a total of 950 KIPS of variable load.

    “We are excited to be builder for Chouest, our long time family friend and customer. Chouest’s confidence in our design is a tremendous statement and tribute to our employee’s dedication and pride for building the best vessels in the region,” said Donald 'Boysie' Bollinger, chief executive officer and chairman of Bollinger Shipyards.

    The vessels will be built at Bollinger's Lockport facility, with deliveries scheduled for first quarter of 2007 and second quarter 2007.

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