Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Celebrates Naming Two New Vessels


MELVILLE, NY – Bouchard Transportation Co., the nation’s largest independently owned oceangoing petroleum barge companies, proudly celebrated the naming of the M/V Donna J. Bouchard and the B. No. 272 at the christening ceremony held on Thursday, February 18th in New Orleans, LA.

The ceremony began with gracious remarks from Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. President/CEO Morton S. Bouchard III; followed by VT Halter Marine; and ExxonMobil/SeaRiver Maritime. Vessel sponsor Mrs. Joan Lesniewski, wife of Robert Lesniewski of ExxonMobil/SeaRiver Maritime performed the ceremonious breaking of the champagne bottles as executives from Bouchard, VT Halter Marine, and several of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. customers, business partners, and regulatory agencies celebrated alongside.

The barge, B. No. 272, was launched at VT Halter’s Pascagoula Operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on November 20, 2015. The tug, Donna J. Bouchard, was launched at VT Halter’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi, on September 15, 2015, and is named after the sister of Morton S. Bouchard III, President/CEO of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Constructed independently of each other, and now paired, the M/V Donna J. Bouchard and B. No. 272 are now classified alongside the Kim. M Bouchard & B. No. 270 as the largest vessels to date in Bouchard's ongoing fleet expansion program. These are the second of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed by VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems).

The B. No. 272 measures 628 feet by 91 feet by 47 feet, has a 255,000-barrel capacity, and is ABS and USCG certified for Jones Act service. The Donna J. Bouchard is a 10,000hp twin screw ATB tug and is classed by ABS as .A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Paired with Barge B. No. 272, the unit will be used to transport petroleum products for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.

“Celebrating the christening of the M/V Donna J. Bouchard & B No. 272 signifies another major milestone in developing a modern, fuel-efficient, well-specified, reliable, and most importantly – safe fleet, capable of supporting the exacting requirements of the offshore industry around the world. Our expansion continues to be driven by our founding fathers and four generations of Bouchard’s philosophy of investing our profits in new, modern equipment to service our customers in the most efficient, and environmentally safe manner possible – a high quality service that customers have come to expect from Bouchard Transportation for close to 100 years. I would also like to thank our close friends at VT Halter for their delivery of another well-built tug and barge unit, and wish the crew of the M/V Donna J. Bouchard & B. No. 272 safe and smooth sailing for years to come.”, said Morton S. Bouchard III, President/CEO of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.
“We join Bouchard Transportation in the celebration of the christening of the M/V Donna J. Bouchard and Barge B. No. 272. Bouchard Transportation has a long tradition of unmatched excellence, and the men and women of VT Halter Marine are extraordinarily proud that this superb tug and barge unit is joining the Bouchard Fleet. We wish the crew of the M/V Donna J. Bouchard and Barge B. No. 272 nothing but “fair winds and following seas” as they take this highly sophisticated, technically advanced ATB unit to sea. VT Halter Marine also looks forward to the delivery of the M/V Frederick E. Bouchard in June 2016. Jack Prendergast, President and CEO, VT Halter Marine.”

About Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.

Bouchard Transportation’s history dates back to its incorporation in 1918 by founder, Capt. Fred Bouchard, the youngest tugboat captain in the Port of New York. Bouchard is a family owned business and the nation’s largest independently-owned ocean-going petroleum barge company. The company’s areas of operation span all four coasts of the United States: East, Gulf, West and Great Lakes. The fleet consists of 25 barges ranging from 25,000 to 252,000 barrels and 26 tugs ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 horsepower.

Media Contact:

Danielle Bouchard - Bouchard Transportation
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