Bollinger gets Coast Guard contract for four more FRCs

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(LOCKPORT, La.) — The U.S. Coast Guard has exercised a contract option to award Bollinger Shipyards four additional Sentinel‐class fast response cutters (FRCs). This announcement brings the total number of FRCs awarded to Bollinger to 64 vessels since the program’s inception. To date, the Coast Guard has commissioned 43 FRCs into operational service.

“We’re incredibly proud of the work we do at Bollinger, and we’re especially proud of our long history
supporting the U.S. Coast Guard that stretches nearly four decades,” said Bollinger Shipyards President
and CEO Ben Bordelon. “Our unique experience building for the Coast Guard is unparalleled and has
shown time and time again that we can successfully deliver the highest quality vessels on a reliable,
aggressive production schedule and cost, even in the most challenging circumstances, including the global
pandemic and record hurricane season experienced over the past year. We look forward to continuing
our partnership with the Coast Guard.”

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Bollinger Shipyards photo

All four FRCs will be built at Bollinger’s Lockport, La., facility and are scheduled for delivery to the Coast
Guard between fall 2024 and summer 2025.

The FRC program has had a total economic impact of $1.7 billion since inception in material spending and
directly supports more than 650 jobs in southeast Louisiana. The program has indirectly created 1,690
new jobs from operations and capital investment and has an annual economic impact on GDP of $202
million, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) on the
economic importance of the U.S. shipbuilding and repair Industry. Bollinger sources over 271,000
different items for the FRC consisting of 282 million components and parts from 965 suppliers in 37 states.

In addition to the construction of the FRC, Bollinger builds the T‐ATS for the U.S. Navy and regional class
research vessels for the National Science Foundation through Oregon State University. Bollinger is
participating in industry studies for four government programs, including the Coast Guard’s offshore
patrol cutter (OPC) program, the Navy’s auxiliary general ocean surveillance (T‐AGOS(X)) program,
the Navy’s large unmanned surface vehicle (LUSV) program and the Navy’s light amphibious
warship (LAW) program.

– Bollinger Shipyards

By Professional Mariner Staff