Bollinger christens OTB intended for new ballistic-missile subs

On 10 July, Bollinger Shipyards christened the Holland, an ocean transport barge (OTB) that will support the construction and maintenance of the US Navy’s new class of ballistic-missile submarines.

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Specifically, the Holland will support the construction and maintenance of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines and Virginia-class fast attack submarines.

General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) is the prime contractor on the design and build of the Columbia-class submarine, which will replace the aging Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.

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“Bollinger Shipyards is pleased to partner with General Dynamics Electric Boat to help meet the expanding needs of the United States Navy,” said Bollinger President & C.E.O. Ben Bordelon.

“The Holland will play an integral role in our mission to design and deliver the Columbia class, the nation’s top strategic defense priority,” Kevin Graney, President, General Dynamics Electric Boat, added.

”The recapitalization of the sea based strategic deterrent capability, the Columbia class, is our navy’s highest acquisition priority,” explained Capt. Jon Rucker, Program Manager of the Columbia Class Submarine Program. 

In November 2019, General Dynamics Electric Boat selected Bollinger to construct the Holland, a 400ft x 100ft ocean transport barge.

The concept and contract design was performed by the Bristol Harbor Group in Rhode Island, while Bollinger performed the detail design engineering at its Lockport, LA facility and construction at the Bollinger Marine Fabrication facility in Amelia, LA.