The following is the text of a press release issued by Bollinger Shipyards Inc.:
(LOCKPORT, La.) — Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered the M 6000, a 55,000 barrel (BBL) Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPAâ€™90) compliant tank barge, to Midstream Fuel Service, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Martin Resource Management Corporation. Contract terms and conditions were not disclosed.
The announcement was made by Bollinger executive vice president of new construction, Chris Bollinger. “Bollinger is pleased to announce the delivery of the M 6000, OPAâ€™90 tank barge to Midstream. Once again, I am very proud of our workforce who has delivered another high quality vessel on time and on budget,” said Bollinger.
The 55,000 BBL tank barge, M 6000, was built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., in Amelia, Louisiana and is a Bollinger design. The M 6000 is a clean oil barge that is classed and certified ABS + A1 Oil Tank Barge, Manned Ocean Services. The barge measures 350-feet long, with a 70-foot beam and a depth of 25-feet. The barge is built to meet the requirements of OPAâ€™90, with ten (10) cargo compartments and two (2) separate pumping systems. The barge is outfitted with the Bludworth Cook Marine ATB Flexible Connection System.
Ruben Martin, President of Martin Resource Management Corporation said, “The Bollinger familyâ€™s heritage of quality engineering and construction are on display in the barge M 6000 and tug La Force. The barge was constructed in Bollingerâ€™s Amelia yard and the tug, La Force, was converted with a new Bludworth/Cook system and raised pilot house in Bollingerâ€™s Texas City yard. When these two units came together at the completion of the project it was like the fit of custom made boots. Bravo, Bollinger!”
On departure from the Bollinger Marine Fabricators facility, the M 6000 entered the marine transportation services for petroleum products in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. (www.bollingershipyards.com) is a leading designer and builder of ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats and barges, fast military patrol boats and other steel and aluminum products from its three new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 12 shipyards and all are strategically located between New Orleans and Houston with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 32 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.