VT Halter Marine delivers ATB tug to Bouchard

MAY 30, 2014 — VT Halter Marine, Inc. yesterday delivered the ocean-going 112 foot Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug Denise A. Bouchard to Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.

Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000 hp 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 tug was launched in February 2014, at VT Halter Marine's Moss Point Marine shipyard in Escatawpa, MS.

The Denise A. Bouchard is the sister vessel to the Evening Star which was delivered in October 2012, and is part of a major Bouchard fleet expansion currently underway at VT Halter Marine. The ATB tug will be paired with an existing Bouchard ATB 80,000 bbl barge and enter into Bouchard's fleet service.

"We are pleased to announce the delivery of the Denise A. Bouchard. This exceptionally crafted tug by VT Halter Marine is a fine addition to the Bouchard fleet, and one which will certainly benefit our valued customers for years to come," said Morton S. Bouchard III, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.

"VT Halter Marine has proudly delivered another quality-built ATB Tug. We certainly value the long-standing partnership we have with our valued customer, the Bouchard Family."
 said VT Halter Marine CEO Bill Skinner.

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