The Australian marine industry is noted for building large, fast, efficient vessels, primarily for commercial fernpurposes. But as coastal patrol needs grow, so too do the military applications for these amazing breeds. Follow ing is a brief review of some of the recent news from Down Under.
Bollinger Marine Fabricators has delivered the DBL 81, an 80,000-barrel ocean service, double hull, oil tank barge to K-Sea Transportation Corp. It is the second of a four OPA '90 barge contract underway at Bollinger for K-Sea. DBL 101, a 100,000 bbl barge,
Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La. launched the USS Tornado, the U.S. Navy's newest Patrol Coast Ship. The 14th member of the Cyclone Class to be built by Bollinger under a sole-source contract with the Navy, it is the first to include design modifications,
Bollinger Quick Repair (BQR), the ship repair and conversion facilities of Bollinger Shipyard has gone online with its new service, which aims to save vessel owners and operators money, as well as helping vessels to run more efficiently. The service
Bollinger Shipyards delivered a 254 ft. (77.4 m), 4,000-hp multi-service (MSV) for Oceaneering International, Houston, Texas. The vessel, which had its hull launching on Jan 1, was christened on May 19 by Cynthia Huber, wife of Dave Huber, director of deepwater projects, Mariner Energy.