Bollinger Shipyards – Louisiana
Bollinger Shipyards is a company that operates 13 shipyards located throughout Louisiana and Texas. Bollinger Shipyards specializes in ship construction, conversion, and repair for small and medium sized vessels. The Bollinger shipyards are located in prime locations with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and provide services to both the U.S. government and commercial industries. Today, the Bollinger shipyards continue to operate as modern shipyards and incorporate the newest technology in the shipyard industry.
History of Bollinger Shipyards
Bollinger Shipyards was founded in 1946 on the banks of the Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana. The original Bollinger Shipyards facility was established to focus on ship repairs but soon expanded to include specialized ship construction. In Bollinger Shipyard’s early years, Louisiana’s oilfield industry contracted the shipyard to build barges and work boats. Bollinger Shipyards also built fishing boats for fisherman operating in the Gulf of Mexico area. Due to its success in the shipyard business and the demand for its services, Bollinger Shipyards began to open up new shipyards in other locations. In the late 1970s, the second Bollinger Shipyard was established in Larose, Louisiana.
Due to the depression of the oil industry in the early 1980s, Bollinger Shipyards began to focus on procuring government contracts. In 1984, the U.S. government entered into a $99 million contract with Bollinger Shipyards to build 16 110-foot-long Island Class cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard. By the 1990s, Bollinger Shipyards had become one of the largest suppliers of patrol crafts for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Bollinger Shipyards also continued to work with commercial industries to supply specialty vessels for industrial transportation operations. In total, the Bollinger shipyards have expanded to include over 42 dry-docks.
Asbestos & the Bollinger Shipyards
Before strict asbestos regulations were ordered in the 1980s, Bollinger Shipyards used asbestos containing products extensively. Because Bollinger Shipyards was established many years before the dangers of asbestos exposure were realized, Bollinger Shipyards employees often worked directly with asbestos-containing materials without taking any precautions to prevent exposure. The following Bollinger Shipyards products likely contained asbestos:
- steam pipe insulation
- electrical and plumbing insulation
- welding blankets
- building insulation
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral and was used in ship construction and repair at Bollinger Shipyards for its ability to retard fire, withstand high temperatures, and resist corrosion. When Bollinger Shipyards workers dealt with asbestos materials, asbestos fibers were likely released into the air and inhaled. When inhaled, asbestos dust can lodge in the lungs or the protective lining surrounding many of the body’s organs and cause serious diseases, including:
- Mesothelioma (a cancer of the protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs, including the lungs)
- Lung cancer
- Asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
- Cancer in a number of other organs
Asbestos Injuries at the Bollinger Shipyards – Louisiana
If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos at the Bollinger Shipyards facilities, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your legal rights.