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    Bollinger to build new Rigdon supply vessels

    Yard News // January 23, 2006

    Bollinger's Lockport yard is to build Rigdon Marine's new GPA654 PSVs.

    Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana in the US has announced that it has signed a multi-vessel contract with Rigdon Marine Corporation. Bollinger will build 10 PSVs for Rigdon Marine, based on a new GPA 654 class designed by Guido Perla & Associates.  

    The design incorporates increased carrying capacity and greater operating efficiency, compared to similar sized vessels, while at the same time allowing simplified construction methods to reduce construction cost. All 10 vessels are planned to be built at Bollinger’s Lockport facility.

    Donald 'Boysie' Bollinger, chairman and CEO of Bollinger said: "We are excited about our upcoming programme with Rigdon Marine. I have worked along side of Larry and several of his team members for many years. The timing of this state of the art PSV programme is ideal for both of our organisations, and I am confident that this programme is only the first of several to come.”

    The GPA 654 Class of PSV is a newly designed vessel that measures 190ft x 46ft x 18ft. The vessels will be diesel-electric and classed ABS +A1+AMS+DP2, USCG Subchapter L and SOLAS.

    Larry Rigdon, president and CEO of Rigdon Marine Corporation said: “Our organisation is committed to the redevelopment of the State of Louisiana and having the next phase of our building programme in Louisiana and at Bollinger is another reinforcement of that commitment.”

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