Bollinger Shipyards, LLC will build a new pontoon launcher for General Dynamics Electric Boat to support the construction and launch of the United States’ Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines, which will replace the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines aging and are a strategic defense priority in the United States, according to the company statement.

Concept and contract design for the 496-foot by 95-foot pontoon launcher was carried out by the Bristol Harbor Group in Rhode Island. Detailed design engineering will be performed at Bollinger’s facility in Lockport, Louisiana. The launcher is expected to be delivered to Electric Boat’s Groton Connecticut shipyard in 2024.

Electric Boat is the prime contractor for the design and construction of the Columbia-class submarine, which will replace aging Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.

This is Bollinger Shipyards’ third contract with Electric Boat. At the end of 2019, Bollinger Shipyards was selected to build the 400ft by 100ft electric boat ocean transport barge which was delivered in 2021 and at the end of 2020 Bollinger was selected to build a state-of-the-art vessel. 618 feet by 140 feet technology. Floating Dry Dock. All of these support the construction and maintenance of Columbia-class guided missile submarines.

About Bollinger Shipyards LLC

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has a 75-year heritage as a leading designer and builder of military patrol and high performance rescue vessels, research vessels, double-hull ocean barges, offshore oilfield support vessels, of tugs, platforms, lifting boats, inland waterways pushers, barges and other steel and aluminum products from its new shipyards as part of the US industrial base. Bollinger has 11 shipyards, all strategically located throughout Louisiana with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest ship repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region.