July 7, 2008
Bollinger delivery takes Bouchard closer to an ambitious goal
Melville, N.Y., based Bouchard Affiliates (Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc./Bouchard Coastwise Management /Bouchard Ocean Services) has taken delivery of its second double hull barge from Bollinger within four months: B. No. 260, a double hull 60,000 BBL, OPA 90 compliant, tank barge built by Bollinger Gretna, LLC, Harvey, La.
Morton S. Bouchard, III, President/CEO of Bouchard Affiliates said that, with the delivery, the group moves closer to completing a long term business plan established in 1992, "which is to have our fleet, as it existed in 1990, totally double hulled prior to 2010, with newbuilds and retrofits."
"We would not have been capable of accomplishing this very aggressive business plan without our dedicated customers, employees and the family and employees of Bollinger," he said. "We are looking forward to the delivery of our remaining three barges under construction at Bollinger."
Barge B. No. 260 is a manned ocean, black oil barge measuring 350 ft long, with a 70 ft beam and a depth of 25 ft.
A near sister to B. No. 262 and B. No. 264, currently in production at Bollinger Marine Fabricators for Bouchard, the B. No. 260 is ABS and USCG certified to meet the requirements of OPA 90 with ten cargo compartments and two separate pumping systems.
The barge is equipped with a five million BTU/hr Vapor thermal oil heater and two Byron Jackson cargo pumps, driven by Detroit series 60 engines. The deck is equipped with two EBI model C20-40 electric-hydraulic cranes.
In May of 2008 Bollinger delivered the B. No 233, the second of two 35,000 BBL units to Bouchard. In the coming months Bollinger will deliver the B. No. 284, a 80,0000 BBL clean oil unit equipped with the Intercon connection system, with a March 2009 delivery, B. No. 262, a 60,000 BBL clean oil barge with a delivery in June 2009 and the B. No.264 , a 60,000 BBL clean oil barge with a delivery in March 2010.
With the delivery of these barges Bouchard's fleet will be 100% double hulled and the most modern and flexible fleet in the Jones Act Trade.
Following the delivery from Bollinger Gretna, the B. No. 260 went directly into service supporting black oil transportation service primarily in the northeast United States.