Bollinger Shipyards delivered an Ocean Transport Barge, named Holland, to General Dynamics

’ Electric Boat [GD] at its Groton, Conn., shipyard on Nov. 29 to support construction and maintenance of submarines. 

In November 2019, GD chose Bollinger to build the 400 by 100 foot barge, with concept and contract design performed by the Bristol Harbor Group in Rhode Island. Bollinger performed the detail design engineering at its Lockport, La., facility and built the barge at its marine fabrication facility in Amelia, La.

The company noted this vessel will specifically support construction and maintenance of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines and Virginia-class attack submarines. 

Bollinger previously said this barge will be used to transport submarine modules to the Groton shipyard for final assembly and test.

“Bollinger is proud to partner with General Dynamics-Electric Boat in support of the U.S. Navy and one of the top strategic priorities of our Nation. Being able to deliver OTB Holland on time and on budget is a testament to the strength, commitment and resilience of the men and women of the Bollinger workforce, especially following the significant damage sustained to our shipyards and communities following Hurricane Ida earlier this year,” Bollinger President and C.E.O. Ben Bordelon said in a statement.

“We are happy to welcome Holland to her new home in the Groton shipyard. Our fellow shipbuilders at Bollinger have delivered a terrific asset, on time and on budget. Holland will play an important role in the construction of the Columbia class of submarines,” Kevin Graney, president of General Dynamics Electric Boat, added.

This delivery comes after GD Electric Boat awarded Bollinger a contract in 2020 to build a new 618 foot by 140 foot floating dry dock to support Columbia-class construction. The dry dock is expected to be delivered in 2024. Work on that contract is proceeding similarly, with design performed by Bristol Harbor Group and detail design engineering planned to occur at the Lockport facility (Defense Daily, Sept. 17, 2020).