Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc. Donation Funds New Ocean Going Tug and Barge Simulation Center at SUNY Maritime College
Bouchard Transportation Company Inc., Tug and Barge Simulation Center To Open in 2014
State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College President Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, USN (Ret.), has announced the planned establishment of the Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc., Tug & Barge Simulation Center that will be housed in Fort Schuyler, on the SUNY Maritime College, Throggs Neck campus. The new tug & barge simulator center will be funded by a gift of $750,000 provided by Bouchard Transportation Company Inc.
The simulation facility will be available to SUNY Maritime College students as part of their program of study and to outside tug and barge companies for employee training. The Center will offer full mission bridge simulators, instruction stations and a “de-briefing area,” where instructors can meet with their students to discuss navigation, seamanship and bridge resource management skills required in the operation of tugs and barges.
While discussing the new Bouchard Tug and Barge Simulator, Admiral Carpenter said, “Our students will benefit greatly by having access to a state-of-the-art tug and barge simulation center. We are very grateful to Morton Bouchard and Bouchard Transportation Company, for their support and for sharing our dedication to our students. Ensuring that our Cadets are well-educated in the specific and complex intricacies of operating tugs and barges carrying all types of commodities including oil and asphalt, and ranging from 3,000 to 12,000 horsepower, will open new doors of opportunity and better prepare them for successful careers.”
“Bouchard is committed to educating our future mariners, the young people who will lead this industry in the years to come and to training mariners currently working in the tug and barge industry to keep them aware of new topics and procedures,” said Morton Bouchard III, President of Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc. “Progressive thinking and a strong commitment to service has fostered Bouchard’s continued growth for the last 95 years. We are proud to be able to work with SUNY Maritime College on the creation of the Bouchard Transportation Company Inc. Tug and Barge Simulation Center,” said Mr. Bouchard.
About Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.
Bouchard’s history dates back to its incorporation in 1918 when its founder, Captain Fred Bouchard, the youngest tugboat captain in the Port of New York, began the company. Bouchard is a family owned-business, now in its fourth generation of management, under the direction of Morton Bouchard III., with the fifth generation, Morton S. Bouchard IV and Brendan J. Bouchard, actively involved in day-to-day operations.
The company’s areas of operation now span all four coasts of the US: East, Gulf, West and Great Lakes. The fleet contains some 31 barges ranging from 25, 000 barrels to 252, 000 barrels and 17 tugs ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 horsepower. Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. recently announced a new construction program with the building of two, 250,000 barrel articulated tug barges with 10,000 horsepower: the M/V Kim Bouchard & B. No. 270 and M/V Donna Bouchard & B. No. 272.
About SUNY Maritime College
The State University of New York Maritime College is an undergraduate and graduate institution focused on engineering, business, science and maritime transportation. Founded in 1874, SUNY Maritime College is the oldest and largest maritime school in the United States. The College is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the top engineering programs in the nation and as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the North. The College is also recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the Northeast.
Payscale.com ranked SUNY Maritime #5 in the nation among engineering colleges, for students’ “Return on Investment.” SUNY Maritime College graduates hold leadership positions throughout the maritime industry, in business, law, government and the military.
To learn more about SUNY Maritime College, visit: www.sunymaritime.edu.