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Bollinger wins contract to build dry dock for Navy subs

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Posted at 12:42 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 13:42:25-04

LOCKPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana-based shipyard has won a contract to build a floating dry dock that will be used to construct and maintain Navy submarines.

Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport said Wednesday it landed the contract for an undisclosed amount with General Dynamics Electric Boat, The Courier reported. The dry dock will handle the Navy’s new Columbia Class ballistic missile submarines in Groton, Connecticut.

“Bollinger Shipyards is pleased to expand our current relationship with Electric Boat and to play a critical role in increasing the number of U.S. built dry docks to meet the expanding need to modernize and refurbish our nation’s aging fleet,” Bollinger President and CEO Ben Bordelon said in a news release.

“We’re honored to have been selected to build this dry dock, which will be a national asset, to meet the complex needs of our Navy’s fleet modernization plans,” Bordelon said.

Detail design and engineering will be performed at Bollinger’s Lockport facility. Bristol Harbor Group in Rhode Island performed the concept and contract design for the 618-by-140-foot dry dock, which is scheduled to be delivered to Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard in 2024.

This is Bollinger Shipyards second contract awarded with General Dynamics Electric Boat. In late 2019, Bollinger was selected to construct the 395-by-100-foot ocean transport barge for Electric Boat, scheduled to be delivered in 2021.

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