MELVILLE, NY – Bouchard Transportation Co., the nation’s largest independently owned oceangoing petroleum barge company, proudly celebrated the christening of The M/V Kim M. Bouchard and the B. No. 270 ,on Tuesday July 14, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.
The ceremony was honored by the Monsignor James Vlaun who blessed the vessels, and Mrs. Marie Romais, wife of Dimitri Romais, Chartering Manager of SeaRiver Maritime and was attended by executives from Bouchard, VT Halter Marine and several of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. customers, business partners, and regulatory agencies.
The B. No. 270 was launched at VT Halter Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on Friday, May 1st, 2015. The tug, Kim M. Bouchard, , was launched at the Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi, on February 26, 2015, and is named after the older sister of Morton S. Bouchard III, President/Ceo of Bouchard Transportation Co Inc. Constructed independently of each other, and now paired, the M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270 are the largest vessels to date in Bouchard’s ongoing fleet expansion program. These are the first of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units being constructed by VT Halter Marine, Inc., the second sister ship is the M/V Donna J. Bouchard & B.No.272, which is on schedule for a January 2016 delivery.
The B. No. 270 measures 628 feet by 91 feet by 47 feet, has a 260,000-barrel capacity, and is ABS and USCG certified for Jones Act service. The B.No.270 is a fully manned and equipped with a crude oil washing system, inert gas system; clean water ballast system, 4 cargo pumps, two ballast pumps, two anchors.
The Kim M. Bouchard is a 10,000hp twin screw, single wheel house 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. 270, the unit will be used to transport liquid petroleum for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. The sister unit, M/V Donna J. Bouchard and B. No. 272 are also currently under construction at VTHM, will be delivered later this year.
“The delivery of the M/V Kim M Bouchard and the Barge B. No 270, continues with our founding fathers and 4 generations of Bouchard’s philosophy of investing our profits in new, modern equipment to service our customers in the most efficient and environmentally safest manner possible. We are very confident that the M/V KIM BOUCHARD & B.NO.270 will provide our customers with the safest and highest quality of service that they have come to expect from Bouchard Transportation, for close to 100 years ” said Morton S. Bouchard III, President and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.
“The Kim and B. No. 270 will be Bouchard’s eighteenth ATB unit and the safest and most technologically advanced unit of its kind. I would also like to thank the hard working employees of VT Halter for the for the delivery of another well-built tug & barge unit, and wish the crew of the M/V KIM M. BOUCHARD & B.NO.270 safe and smooth sailings for years to come.”
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 21 tugs ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 horsepower.
Ms. Denise Melkun
Bouchard Transportation 631-390-4900