JUNE 10, 2015 — VT Halter Marine's Pascagoula, MS, shipyard delivered the ATB tug M/V Frederick E. Bouchard to Bouchard Transportation, Melville, NY, earlier this week.
Delivery of the 6,000 hp twin screw tug completes a two vessel contract awarded the shipbuilder by Bouchard in August, 2014.
The first vessel of the contract, M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., was delivered to Bouchard Transportation on February 1, 2016 and is now in service in the coastwise trade, where it will be joined M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, which is named after another Bouchard family member, the brother of Morton S. Bouchard Jr.
Each vessel is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System, measures 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet and is classed by ABS as +A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter C.
"I am proud to announce the delivery of the M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, as it marks the conclusion of our major fleet expansion plan in partnership with our dear friends at VT Halter Marine," said Bouchard Transportation President & CEO, Morton S.Bouchard III. "This vessel joins our fleet alongside the recent deliveries of the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., and our two newest ATB Units, M/V Kim. M. Bouchard & B. No. 270 and M/V Donna J. Bouchard & B. No. 272. Together, these vessels work to define Bouchard as a state of the art, fuel-efficient, and safe operation which will better serve our customers and crew for years to come."
"The recent successful sea trials of M/V Frederick E. Bouchard and delivery today represents the integrity and commitment of VT Halter Marine to our valued customer, Bouchard Transportation and the entire Bouchard Transportation family," said VT Halter Marine CEO Jack Prendergast. "We have enjoyed this partnership and look forward to teaming with Bouchard Transportation in future endeavors. As CEO, I am proud of the recent timely deliveries of the Bouchard Articulated Tug Barges vessels and the close relationship between our companies and the hard working staff and employees of VT Halter Marine Inc."