VT Halter Marine launches Bouchard ATB tug

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Launch of ATB tug M/V Evening Breeze

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 — Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., Melville, NY, reports that the ATB tug M/V Evening Breeze was launched Wednesday, November 7 at VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s Pascagoula, MS, shipyard.

The launch of the M/V Evening Breeze marks a milestone achievement in Bouchard’s most recent expansion efforts; with the launch of sister ATB tug M/V Evening Stroll not far behind.

Bouchard says that its Safety First philosophy remains at the forefront of its operation, and is powerfully supported by VT Halter Marine’s ability to help advance thefleet with the most innovative technologies. It adds that it is dedicated to offering a safe work environment for its crew and a reliable service to its customers, and will continue its 100 year old tradition of always building the finest and most advanced tugs and barges in the industry.

The M/V Evening Breeze is a 4,000 hp twin screw ATB tug classed by ABS as Maltese Cross, A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M, SOLAS, meeting U.S. EPA-Tier 4 requirements, and equipped with an Intercon Coupler System.

The ATB tug M/V Evening Breeze will be paired with the B. No. 252, which is currently under construction at Bollinger Shipyards. The B. No. 252 measures 317 feet by 70 feet by 28 feet, will have a 55,000 barrel capacity, and be used to transport liquid petroleum products throughout the Jones Act Market.

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VT Halter Marine launches Bouchard ATB tug

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FEBRUARY 12, 2014 — VT Halter Marine, Inc. yesterday launched the ocean-going 112 foot Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, Denise A. Bouchard.

Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System.

Construction of the vessel began in March 2013, and the keel was laid in May 2013 at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine shipyard in Escatawpa,MS.

On delivery, the ATB tug will be paired with Barge B.No.284 and enter into Bouchard Transportation’s fleet service in New York, NY.

“VT Halter Marine is proud to share the launch of the ocean-going ATB Tug Denise A. Bouchard with our long-standing customer, the Bouchard Family. We look forward to a continued, strong partnership for many years to come,” said VT Halter Marine CEO Bill Skinner.

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