Bollinger Shipyards wins contract to build dry dock for Navy submarines

An artist rendering of the future Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines.


By KEITH MAGILL | | Published: September 16, 2020

(Tribune News Service) — Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La., will build a floating dry dock that will be used to construct and maintain Navy submarines, the company said today.

Bollinger landed the contract for an undisclosed amount with General Dynamics Electric Boat. The dry dock will handle the Navy's new Columbia Class ballistic missile submarines in Groton, Conn.

“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. "To build 21st century American vessels, it requires 21st century American tools and equipment manufactured here in the United States. Bollinger is committed to continuing to be a leader in pushing our industry forward and ensuring that the US Industrial Base is fully self-sufficient.”

Detail design and engineering will be performed at the Bollinger facility in Lockport. The concept and contract design for the 618-by-140-foot dry dock was performed by the Bristol Harbor Group in Rhode Island.

The dry dock is scheduled to be delivered to Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard in 2024.

Electric Boat is the prime contractor to design and build the Columbia Class submarine, which will replace aging Ohio-Class subs.

This is Bollinger Shipyards second contract awarded with General Dynamics Electric Boat. In late 2019, Bollinger Shipyards 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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