MELVILLE, NY – Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. today took delivery of the ocean-going 112 foot Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Tug Denise A. Bouchard, from VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. A sister vessel to the previously built Evening Star, the Denise is part of a major Bouchard fleet expansion currently under construction at VT Halter Marine.
“We are pleased to announce the delivery of the Denise A. Bouchard,” said Morton S. Bouchard III, President and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. “This exceptionally crafted tug by VT Halter Marine is a fine addition to the Bouchard fleet, and one which will certainly benefit our valued customers for years to come.”
Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000hp Denise is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel began in March 2013. Upon delivery, the tug will be coupled with an existing Bouchard ATB 80,000 bbl.
Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc.’s fleet expansion includes construction of two ATB units measuring 625 feet by 91 feet by 47 feet. Each will have a 250,000-barrel capacity and will be used to transport liquid petroleum. The barges are ABS and USCG certified for Jones Act service.