LOCKPORT — Bollinger Shipyards Inc. has named Chris Bollinger as president and Ben Bordelon as chief operating officer in a move that officials said marks the beginning of the third generation of the Bollinger family to assume leadership of the company.
Donald “Boysie” Bollinger, who serves as chairman and CEO, said the appointments are “an on-going part of my personal transition plan and long-term growth strategy for Bollinger Shipyards.”
Chris Bollinger will be responsible for management of all operational and administrative functions of the business.
He will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.
He has been employed at Bollinger since 1993 and has held various managerial and leadership positions, most recently as executive vice president of new construction.
“I am pleased to take on my new role as president of Bollinger Shipyards, carrying on the traditions and culture set forth by my father and grandfather,” he said.
His grandfather started the shipyard in 1946.
Bordelon also said he was excited to follow in his grandfather’s and in his uncle’s footsteps.
Bordelon has been employed with Bollinger since 1999 and was the company’s executive vice president of the repair operations. In his new role, Bordelon will be responsible for all of the company’s repair and new construction operations. He also will continue to serve on the company’s board.
Bollinger Shipyards designs and builds fast military patrol boats, ocean-going, double-hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats, barges and other steel and aluminum products.
Bollinger has 10 shipyards between New Orleans and Houston with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 28 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.