John Boland of Boland Industrial Makes a Big Splash in Marine Engineering at SNAME and Beyond

Mechanical and engineering issues aren’t just a concern for offshore rigs. John Boland, owner and CEO of Boland Industrial, is a one-of-a-kind, behind-the-scenes player in the Gulf’s thriving ship industry.
Nov. 15, 2011 - PRLog -- Mechanical and engineering issues aren’t just a concern for offshore rigs.  John Boland, owner and CEO of Boland Industrial, is a one-of-a-kind, behind-the-scenes player in the Gulf’s thriving ship industry. John isn’t a “suit and tie” kind of executive. On most days, John can be found speckled with grease in a hardhat and steel-toed boots alongside a ship’s crew. Often, he’s wedged into the engine room of a ship, or lying on the floor of the hull.  John is the Gulf’s resident expert on shipboard structural vibration control.

John is so passionate about his work? It’s almost an obsession. Dubbed the “Ship Whisperer,” John learned the old-school finer points of engineering from the long-gone legends of local shipyards. In a world of nanotechnology, Boland Industrial’s services rely on tried-and-true methods. John competes for contracts against MIT graduates, but there’s a difference in what he does. “I can literally feel what a ship needs,” explains John, “I don’t need a computer and a truck full of gadgets to get it done.” Always aware of cost-conscious times, Boland Industrial prides itself on fees that are affordable to clients, regardless if the ship has 350 hp, or over 1000. Boland Industrial can do the work of a big firm for a fraction of the cost.  

John’s expertise matters to the ship industry, now more than ever, because of recent safety concerns in the Gulf, and the reality that all businesses have to keep tight controls on costs in the current economy, especially in replacing expensive engine components. In a rare moment, John slips into engineer-speak, “A 50% reduction in problematic vibration amplitude more than doubles the life of the equipment.” For lay people, this means that when a ship’s engine compartment is running smoothly, it won’t wear out as quickly.

“Recently, a G.E. factory installation technician complimented John, saying he has never seen work any closer than within 3 ten thousandths of an inch.  John not only knows the theory of alignment, but comes to the jobsite, rolls up his sleeves and gets in the middle of the actual work,” said Mickey Cook, General Manager of C & G Boat Works of Mobile.

“A lot of what I do starts with a funny noise that the crew hears,” John explains. “And from there, it can get worse. I listen to the people and the equipment.” John believes that listening to the people and the equipment may have diverted disaster.

“If we learned one thing from the summer of 2010, it was this,” noted John, “it’s how absolutely critical it is for everyone in the maritime industry to install and maintain marine equipment properly. This is my focus.” Although John’s expertise goes to the core of safety and security, for him, there is the economic reality of the services of Boland Industrial. “All of my clients are interested in getting the most from the equipment they’ve already invested in, and I’m here to make sure that they get the most from that investment.”

John has over 20 years of experience in vibration control and reduction technologies, thus earning the reputation of the premier shipboard structural vibration control contractor serving the Gulf area and beyond. He’s a native of Pascagoula, MS, and proudly operates Boland Industrial in the heart of the Gulf so that he may focus on marine engineering projects. John has works with numerous prestigious firms including: Signal International, Caterpillar (“Thompson Cat”,) Rolls Royce Marine, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Ingalls (now Northrop Grumman), C & G Boat Works, Cal Dive International, and Helix. John is focused on servicing his clients, and will be attending the SNAME Expo in Houston, Texas, November 16-18, 2011 along with his team. If by chance you find John in booth 515, on the floor during the SNAME Expo, he’s not napping. He’s found a funny noise, and will, in short order, set out to fix it.  

In keeping with demand for John’s services, Boland Industrial has recently doubled in size, launched a new website,, and has taken the plunge into social media.  Computer models only take a ship so far.  Boland Industrial takes the client that last mile, and makes sure everyone is on shore safely.

For more information on the services of Boland Industrial, or to schedule an interview with John Boland, please contact James Tackett at 972-529-4806, or email James at

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