Bollinger announces leadership changes after acquisitions

(LOCKPORT, La.) – Bollinger Shipyards announced leadership changes Tuesday following the recent acquisition of Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding (BMS) and Bollinger Mississippi Repair (BMR). The announcements reflect leadership changes at BMS […]

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(LOCKPORT, La.) – Bollinger Shipyards announced leadership changes Tuesday following the recent acquisition of Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding (BMS) and Bollinger Mississippi Repair (BMR). The announcements reflect leadership changes at BMS and BMR, as well as Bollinger Lockport New Construction and Bollinger Marine Fabricators in order to best align titles and functions across all 14 Bollinger facilities.

“I’ve always said Bollinger’s greatest strength is its people and I believe that wholeheartedly,” said Ben Bordelon, president and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. “As we grow and expand, it’s important that the leadership team grow and reflect the organization – both where it is today and where we’re heading in the future. Today’s announcements strengthen our team, provide opportunities for efficiency and enhance growth within organization. I’m confident that we have the people, skills, capability and dedication to meet the needs of our customers, no matter how big or complex, and provide them with the highest levels of quality, support and service in our industry.”

Chris Remont has been named executive vice president and general manager of Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding (BMS). In this role, he will oversee the facility’s ongoing and future programs and is responsible for execution and delivery. Remont was previously EVP for New Construction Programs at Bollinger.

Bob Merchant has been named vice president of operational strategy and integration. He will be responsible for the strategic overview of companywide functional business units. Specifically, he will review performance, synergies and operations plans to ensure support of Bollinger’s optimal strategy and best enable future growth and success. Merchant previously served as president and CEO of VT Halter Marine. He spent most of his career at Ingalls Shipbuilding leading programs critical to both the business and the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.

While Tim Martinez will remain the executive vice president of repair for Bollinger, he will now oversee Bollinger Mississippi Repair (BMR).

Geoffrey Green has been named executive vice president of government and external affairs, where he will oversee all state and federal government relations, community relations, communications and marketing activities. Green previously served as vice president for government affairs for Bollinger.

Mark Matta has been named director of program management for Bollinger Lockport New Construction and Bollinger Marine Fabricators. He will be responsible for program execution of the Coast Guard fast response cutter (FRC), Navy Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM USV) program, as well as multiple projects in support of the Navy Columbia-class submarine program.

Jeffrey Gehrmann has been named the general manager of Bollinger Mississippi Repair.

Earlier this month, Bollinger announced the acquisition of Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding and Bollinger Mississippi Repair, formerly VT Halter Marine and STEHMO. The transaction enhances Bollinger’s new construction and repair capabilities so that it can better serve its key defense and commercial customers.

All ongoing programs at VT Halter Marine and STEHMO were conveyed with the transaction, including the polar security cutter (PSC) program for the Coast Guard and the auxiliary personnel lighter-small (APL(S)) program for the Navy. Those programs will continue to be built at Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding.

– Bollinger Shipyards

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Crowley vessels, crews honored for environmental achievement

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­– Sixty-one Crowley vessels and their crews were recently honored by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) for a cumulative 602 years of safe environmental achievement and […]

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(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­– Sixty-one Crowley vessels and their crews were recently honored by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) for a cumulative 602 years of safe environmental achievement and operations.

The annual Environmental Achievement Awards are given to vessels that have no reportable spills, U.S. Coast Guard citations or other pollution incidents. Aligned with its current sustainability strategy, Crowley is committed to leading the industry in reducing environmental impact to protect key marine and terrestrial habitats.

From left to right: U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) Administrator Ann Phillips, Capt. Stuart Bicaj, Capt. Michelle Jimenez, Capt. Matthew Reynolds and Jim Varley, chairman, Chamber of Shipping of America. Crowley photo

“The safety and stewardship of the environment are essential to everything we do in our vessel operations on the water and in port,” said Boren Chambers, vice president of marine operations, Crowley Shipping. “Congratulations to the men and women whose commitment has been recognized again as this honor propels us to continue to lead and operate our business sustainably and safely.”

Crowley’s awarded vessels operate across the globe and range from tugs, barges, containerships, tank vessels and company-managed government and military vessels.

– Crowley

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Caterpillar, Damen to collaborate on methanol-powered vessels

(HOUSTON) — Caterpillar and Damen Shipyards Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aiming to develop methanol-powered vessels that enable the decarbonization of marine operations. “Our collaboration with Damen […]

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(HOUSTON) — Caterpillar and Damen Shipyards Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aiming to develop methanol-powered vessels that enable the decarbonization of marine operations.

“Our collaboration with Damen Shipyards Group and Pon Power brings together immeasurable expertise that allows us to learn together and innovate to address the great challenge of the energy transition. This is an exciting technical challenge to tackle, but most importantly it fosters our industry’s goal to reach sustainable, low-carbon operations,” said Brad Johnson, vice president and general manager, Caterpillar Marine.

Derrick York, left, senior vice president of Caterpillar Oil & Gas and Marine Division; Arnout Damen, center, CEO of Damen Shipyards; and Kees-Jan Mes, managing director of Pon Power. Caterpillar photo

With the production of over 150 vessels annually, Damen Shipyards Group continues to offer customers onsite and remote services, expertise, and now an opportunity to support their climate-related goals. Under the MOU, Damen Shipyards will collaborate with a team of experts from Caterpillar and the Cat dealer, Pon Power, to learn how to adopt methanol as a fuel in marine applications, including aspects related to bunkering, storage, management and conversion to provide the power required by a vessel. Caterpillar would develop and provide the methanol power train to be integrated into a Damen-designed and built methanol-capable vessel.

“We’re delighted to be working with Caterpillar on this groundbreaking project,” said Joost Mathot, director of products at Damen’s Workboats division. “It is of mutual benefit to all the parties involved to begin operating the pilot engines as soon as possible, so that we can experience what it means to use methanol as a fuel in a maritime environment. We are very happy to be continuing our longstanding relationship and are very confident that together we will be able to offer our end customers the sustainable solutions they are asking for, in the near future.”

Caterpillar said it recognizes customers’ needs to operate reliable vessels that minimize current and long-term environmental impacts. “Our products power many vessels working around the world. We’re committed to helping our customers achieve their climate-related goals by developing expanded offerings across renewable fuels like biofuels and methanol, as well as solutions that drive efficiency in the use and conversion of energy such as integrated hybrid power trains. Our collaboration with Damen Shipyards Group and Pon Power will enable us to better understand the opportunities and challenges of decarbonizing maritime operations via green methanol,” said Johnson.

“For Damen, the introduction of methanol-fueled propulsion systems is the logical next step in our drive toward low-emission propulsion right across our product range and an integral part of our drive to become the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder,” said Mathot.

– Caterpillar

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