Bollinger delivers 55,000 bbl tank barge to Bouchard

Written by Nick Blenkey

BNo250 DrawingSEPTEMBER 4, 2012 — Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered the B. No. 250, a newly designed and constructed 55,000 barrel OPA’90 compliant tank barge to Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., Melville, N.Y. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The B. No. 250 is a 317 ft 6 in long x 70 ft beam manned ocean service, clean oil barge with a depth of 28 ft.

The barge is a new design especially engineered for Bouchard and built and certified to ABS and USCG requirements. It has twelve cargo compartments, vapor recovery, and two separate pumping systems, capable of transporting grade A and lower petroleum products.

B. No. 250 is fitted with an Intercon coupling ladder system, dual pump ballast system, two Techcrane hose handling cranes, and Coastal Marine anchor and mooring winches.

It has a four man accommodations unit with stateroom, galley and office area.

Morton S. Bouchard III, President and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. said that Bouchard “is pleased with another successful construction project with our good partners at Bollinger.”

“The B. No. 250 will be matched up with the M/V Evening Star and will operate on the East Coast as a 55,000 ATB,” said Mr. Bouchard. “The M/V Evening Star and B. No. 250 represent the beginning of another construction program for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. as we look forward to future announcements.”

Bollinger executive vice president of new construction, Chris Bollinger, said: “We are very pleased to announce the OPA’90 tank barge, B. No. 250, as another successful delivery to the Bouchard family. Bollinger is grateful to be a part of Bouchard’s continued growth as a leader in the tank barge market. Our relationship has been an important part of Bollinger’s success in building OPA’90 tank barges, and we look forward to future opportunities with the Bouchard family and organization.”

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