MELVILLE, NY — Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., the nation’s largest independently-owned ocean-going petroleum barge company, was recognized by The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with 39 coveted Jones F. Devlin Awards. The awards, given out in New Orleans, LA on May 28, are presented to manned merchant vessels that have operated for two full years or more without a crew member losing a full turn at watch because of an occupational injury.
“Safety is the top priority for all Bouchard employees,” said Morton S. Bouchard III, President and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. “While we are continually striving to advance our operations, it is extremely gratifying to see our dedicated team recognized for the hard work, diligence and commitment to safety they display every day.”
In total, Bouchard vessels achieved the equivalent of 285 years without a lost-time injury in 2014. Thirty-one of the recognized vessels went without incident for 5 or more years, with the B. No. 285 and B. No. 275 achieving 28 and 19 consecutive years without LTI, respectively.
As part of Bouchard Transportations’ ongoing fleet expansion, Barge B. No. 270 and the Kim M. Bouchard, part of the ATB unit, were launched earlier this year. When paired, Kim M. Bouchard and Barge B. No. 270 will be the eighteenth ATB unit and the safest and most technologically advanced unit of its kind, and will look forward to being included among the prestigious Devlin Award winners for Bouchard Transportation Co.
About Bouchard Transportation Co.
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 21 tugs ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 horsepower. To learn more about Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. visit: https://www.bouchardtransport.com
About the Jones F. Devlin Awards
The Jones F. Devlin Award is one of two safety programs CSA has sponsored since 1968. The award publicly recognizes the skills and dedication of the men and women who are responsible for safe vessel operations. The award, which is open to CSA members and non-members alike, is presented at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held in May/June each year. Devlin Award Certificates are awarded to all manned merchant vessels that have operated for two full years or more without a crew member losing a full turn at watch because of an occupational injury.
Laura Mastroberti – Bouchard Transportation