Bollinger Shipyards wins Coast Guard vessel contract retaining 500 jobs, creating new jobs

BATON ROUGE, La. — Bollinger Shipyards CEO and President Ben Bordelon announced the shipyard won a contract to build 26 Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters, or FRC, for the Coast Guard. The cutters, which represent the newest generation of Coast Guard patrol vessels, are a replacement for the Coast Guard Island Class cutters that Bollinger built more than a quarter-century ago.

The project will retain 500 jobs, with the potential to provide new employment opportunities for the region. The company is based in Lockport, Louisiana. For career info, click here.

“Shipbuilding has been an important industry in Louisiana for generations, and the armed forces of the United States have long relied on the talents of Louisiana’s shipyard workforce,” Gov. John Bel Edwards Edwards said. “This new contract award to Bollinger Shipyards builds on that legacy. The work will provide good-paying jobs for hundreds of skilled workers in the Bayou Region for years to come, as Bollinger continues its tradition of constructing vessels of the highest quality for the U.S. Coast Guard.”

Bollinger was awarded the contract for the first Fast Response Cutter in September 2008. As of February 2015, seven contract options have been awarded to Bollinger to bring the total number of FRCs under contract to 32. With this Phase II award, the total number of cutters will reach 58. To date Bollinger has delivered 17 FRCs, which are currently in service in Miami and Key West, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

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Source: Louisiana Economic Development

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