Jul 24, 2014 4:20 PM by associated press
Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.
The New Orleans Advocate reports the funding brings the total number of the boats under contract with Lockport-based Bollinger to 30, and the contract's total value so far to more than $1.3 billion.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, says the latest funding is part of a total $8.7 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's budget for fiscal year 2014.
Landrieu said she has included funding for another six boats in the 2015 fiscal year homeland security appropriations bill.
The Coast Guard plans to acquire a total 58 Fast Response Cutters.