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September 7, 2006

Gulf yards pick up the pieces

Shipbuilders along the Gulf Coast continue to pick up the pieces following Hurricane Katrina. Here are some updates on our earlier report--and contact numbers for employees.

BOLLINGER

Bollinger Shipyards (http://www.bollingershipyards.com/Hurr_Update/Hurr_Update.htm) reported yesterday that operations are up and running at Bollinger Amelia Repair, Bollinger Lockport New Construction, Bollinger Lockport Repair, Bollinger Larose, Bollinger Morgan City, Bollinger Marine Fabrication and Chand.

Bollinger St. Rose will be open for business Wednesday, Sept. 7th. All St. Rose employees are asked to return to work or contact their supervisor if not able.

Bollinger Quick Repair has power and working on a Return to Work Plan. Bollinger will post an update as to when the facility will be fully operational.

The Bollinger Gulf Repair, Bollinger Algiers and Bollinger Gretna locations will be operational as soon as power is restored and access is granted to the affected areas. New Orleans area employees whose yard is not in operation yet, should call the toll free number of 1-877-465-1985. Bollinger has personnel ready to give information on facilities, job availability at other operational yards and employee benefits.

New Orleans area employees can pick up their payroll check in Lockport or have it mailed to them. To have a payroll check mailed to an address other than what is on file, employees will need to provide name, social security number and supervisor's name.

The Bollinger Shipyard Emergency number 1-866-277-1613 is being updated daily.

EDISON CHOUEST OFFSHORE

In a posting on its website (http://www.chouest.com) Edison Chouest Offshore says its North American Shipbuilding in Larose returned to normal operations Friday morning as power was restored to the facility. All employees are requested to return to work as soon as possible; or, at the very least, to contact the shipyard for further instructions.

North American Fabricators‚ the Chouest shipyard in Houma remained without power as of Friday morning. Shipyard officials were requesting that employees return to work yesterday,Tuesday, September 6. All crane and forklift operators are asked to contact the shipyard or report as soon as possible as their services are needed at this time.

NORTHROP GRUMMAN

Northrop Grumman (http://www.northropgrumman.com/katrina/index.html) is requesting that every employee from its Gulf Coast facilities contact the company over the next few days via a new toll-free number, (877) 744-7642 to ensure that all employees are accounted for and their needs are being addressed.

Phone service in some regions impacted by the hurricane is not operating at full capacity and may be experiencing high call volume. Northrop Grumman recommends that employees who have had trouble connecting with the (877) 744-7642 number try to call at a later time. This number is staffed 24 hours a day. The company asks employees who reach the number to remain patient if asked to hold.

PASCAGOULA / GULFPORT:

Both facilities will be closed until at least, and will resume normal production no earlier than, Sunday, Sept.11.

For Gulfport, all management, supervisors and maintenance personnel should continue to report to work for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. shifts.

For Pascagoula, the following employees should continue to report to work if possible, for a 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift: All facilities and ship cleaners, storekeepers, warehouse employees, facilities engineering, maintenance, security, test and change-order electricians, test and trials, safety, production supervisors, craft supervisors, manufacturing services, resource recovery, yard cleaning, production supervision, ship management, inside and outside machinists, carpenters, rigging, production control, transportation and managers in finance, estimating and contracts.

NEW ORLEANS / TALLULAH:

Both facilities will be closed until at least, and will resume normal production no earlier than, Sunday, Sept.11.

Only maintenance and security shift personnel should report to work if possible. Reporting personnel should be prepared to stay overnight.

TRINITY YACHTS

Trinity Yachts, LLC CEO Felix Sabates says the superyacht builder, which operates a 40 acre factory in the Eastern Section of New Orleans suffered "very little damage to the main shipyard except for a couple of missing roof panels from one of the older sheds."

Sabates says the recently launched yachts Zoom Zoom Zoom and lady Florence are safe and sound as is the M/Y Leda.

Trinity Yachts has opened a new administrative headquarters in Baton Rouge, where the address is: PO. Box 80139, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Tel.: Toll Free - (877) 450-9867. Email: info@trinityyachtsusa.com

Trinity says it has has also embarked on an action plan to help employees and their families so they can receive paychecks and benefits etc. It has set up a Trinity Yachts Employee Command Post. Its office number is toll free (877) 414-4191 (email info@trinityyachtsemergencycommandpost.com). The command post website is http://www.trinityyachtsemergencycommandpost.com

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