January 5, 2007
Bollinger delivers ATB to Bouchard
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. of Lockport, Louisiana and Bollinger Gretna L.L.C., Harvey, Louisiana have delivered the articulated tug/barge (ATB) unit, tug LINDA LEE BOUCHARD and barge B. No. 205 to Bouchard Coastwise Management Corp., Melville, N.Y., one of the largest operators of double hull ATB units in the United States.
"The delivery of these vessels from our three new construction locations during a difficult time for the South Louisiana region, says a lot about the dedication from the Bollinger workforce and our customer Bouchard, who continues to show support to Bollinger with additional building programs," said Donald "Boysie" Bollinger, chairman and CEO of Bollinger. "
The double hull, ocean going asphalt, residual fuel oil Barge B. No. 205, built at Bollinger Gretna meets the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and is rated for 110,000 BBLs of product in sixteen cargo tanks.
B. No. 205 measures 430 feet long, with a 79 foot beam and a depth of 34 feet, and is constructed with a flat deck, as are all Bouchard double hull vessels.
The barge is certified ABS +1 Oil Tank Barge, USCG Manned Ocean Service, US flagged for grade A and lower petroleum products. The vessel is outfitted with three John Deere cargo pump engines, three SC Engineering cargo pumps and three John Deere generator units.
Product temperature is maintained with two 12-million BTU thermal fluid heaters, and tank gauging is monitored with a Bergan Radar system. The vessel is equipped with vapor recovery. T
Engineering, fabrication and construction of the barge were a joint effort between three Bollinger locations. Bollinger Lockport engineering provided design support. Bollinger Marine Fabricators provided panel construction. Bollinger Gretna built the unit.
The barge is the fourteenth OPA'90 barge in the Bouchard fleet.
The oceangoing tug LINDA LEE BOUCHARD is named for the wife of Morton S. Bouchard lII, president and CEO of Bouchard Affiliates (Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc., Bouchard Coastwise Management, and newly formed, Bouchard Ocean Services).
The 6,140 HP, 130-ft x 38-ft x 22-ft vessel is outfitted with an Intercon Coupler System and tow winch.
The vessel is certified by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for Oceans trade, ABS Class +A1+AMS Full Oceans and SOLAS.
The main engines are two EMD 16/645/F7BA turbo charged units rated at 3,070 horsepower each. The four generators, (three primary and one emergency) are powered by John Deere Tier II compliant engines rated at 99 kW and 65 kW, respectively.