Safety

A safe operation leads to profitability.

We recognize safety as a top priority, and it is the most important service that we can provide our customers, crew, and the environment. A safe operation leads to profitability, which is only achieved by Bouchard management and vessel crews diligently working to always reach the below objectives - the cornerstone of our commitment to safety.

→  Maintain the safest working environment possible

→  Achieve zero incidents impacting the environment

→  Achieve zero injuries within the fleet and ashore

To ensure these objectives are met, we maintain compliance with the below safety standards:

→  ISM Code (International Safety Management), which sets the international standard for the safe management and operation of ships as well as for pollution prevention. All 51 vessels are certified compliant with ISM Code, and are evaluated annually.

→  Tanker Management and Self Assessment Program (TMSA2) and Ship Inspection Report Exchange (SIRE) System, administered by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), encourages vessel operators to assess their safety management systems and provides best practice guidelines.

→  ABS inspections on all equipment, annually

→  USCG UTV certification on all tugs

→  USCG inspection on all barges, annually

→  Full OPA-90 compliant

→  2013 VGP compliant


Additional safety measures

To further ensure its Safety Management System is effective, and to verify that all employees and vessels are operating according to regulation and Company policy, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. voluntarily vets and evaluates each vessel twice a year.

We are proud to be recognized with the following commendations for our commitment to safety.

2009

Winner of the Ship Safety Achievement Citation of Merit for keeping with the highest tradition of the sea - aiding those in peril

2014

Winner of American Maritime Safety Inc.’s AMS Tug & Barge Safety Award, recognizing the implementation of outstanding compliance programs that serve to enhance crewmember efficiency and the safe operation of tug and barge vessels in the U.S. coastal waters

2015

Plimsoll Award winner for outstanding service by an organization for the donation of the Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Tug & Barge Simulation Center at SUNY Maritime College

2015

Recipient of 39 Jones F. Devlin Awards from the Chamber of Shipping America for operating two full years or more without a crew member losing a full turn at watch because of an occupational injury

2016

36 vessels were honored during the 13th Annual Environmental Achievement Awards