MELVILLE, NY – Forty-three Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. vessels have been honored by The Chamber of Shipping America (CSA) with Certificates of Environmental Achievement. The awards, given out on Thursday, November 13, recognize vessels that have operated for two full years or more without an environmental incident. In total, the 43 vessels achieved the equivalent of 601 years without incident.
“These commendations are a testament to the hard work of both our safety department and our vessel employees,” said Morton S. Bouchard III, President and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. “At Bouchard Transportation we have made the safety of our crew and the environment a priority. It is always an honor to be recognized for that.”
Twenty-four of the honored vessels have gone without environmental incident for 10 or more years, including the Evening Tide with 44 years; the Morton S. Bouchard Jr. with 39 years; the Evening Mist with 37 years; the B. No. 255 with 35 years; and the Capt. Fred Bouchard and the Rhea I. Bouchard, each with 32 years without incident.
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. In August 2014, President and CEO Morton S. Bouchard III announced the construction of two 6000-hp ATB tugs as part of the company’s ongoing fleet expansion.