Bollinger Shipyards has issued a statement in response yesterday’s lawsuit filed against them by the U.S. Department of Justice. The complaint alleges that Bollinger Shipyards made “material false statements” to the USCG in order to win a series of cutter conversions back in 2006.
The U.S. says that Bollinger “misrepresented” hull strength in a proposal to convert existing 110-Ft Patrol Boats (WPBs) into 123-Ft WPBs. The eight vessels ordered were later determined unseaworthy after an investigation into the catastrophic hull failure of the first cutter delivered, the MATAGORDA, revealed the design flaw.
The statement expresses Bollinger’s dissapointment with the DOJ, and its willingness to cooperate in order to put this matter behind them. It also stresses that Bollinger is a hard earned family run business with a proven track record of successful deliveries to the USCG. Read below for the full statement.
Statement by Bollinger Shipyards – August 17, 2011
Since its founding, Bollinger Shipyards has operated on the principle that “quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” Three generations of the Bollinger family have earned a spotless record for honest and fair dealing with every customer, including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, our largest client. Since 1984, Bollinger has built every patrol boat the Coast Guard has purchased; to date some 122 have been delivered.
We are disappointed with the Department of Justice’s decision to file a complaint related to work completed in 2006. Throughout this process, Bollinger has been open and cooperative with the government, and we remain committed to providing the government all necessary information and assistance to bring this matter to a close. Bollinger has tried to find a way to resolve this matter short of litigation, but we are fully prepared to defend our good name aggressively in a court of law.
As we have for the last 65 years, Bollinger will continue to deliver the highest quality and contract-compliant products to the United States Coast Guard and to each and every customer.
Pictured: The USCGC MATAGORDA prior to its hull lengthening. Via Wikipedia