Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.
The funding brings the total number of the boats under contract with Lockport-based Bollinger to 30, and the contract’s total value so far to more than $1.3 billion.
The latest funding was part of a total $8.7 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s budget for fiscal year 2014, said U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee.
Landrieu said she has included funding for another six boats in the 2015 fiscal year homeland security appropriations bill.
The Coast Guard plans to acquire a total 58 Fast Response Cutters.
The funding keeps 1,200 Louisiana residents employed directly at Bollinger. Combined with subcontractors and suppliers, the contracts keeps 3,000 total Louisiana workers on the job, Landrieu said.
The six boats from Bollinger Shipyards will be homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii; Atlantic Beach, North Carolina; and South Portland, Maine.
“The men and women of the Coast Guard have gone above and beyond to protect our citizens, ecosystems and way of life through hurricanes, oil spills, river closures and countless search and rescue missions,” Landrieu said. “For the Coast Guard to keep carrying out its vital role in protecting our nation, we must replace its aging fleet.”