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VT Halter Marine Announces the Delivery of ATB Tug M/V Frederick E. Bouchard

Pascagoula, Miss. — VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announces the delivery of the 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated (ATB) tug, M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, at its Pascagoula Shipyard Facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. This delivery culminates a two-vessel contract awarded by Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard Transportation) to VT Halter Marine in August 2014.

M/V Frederick E. Bouchard recently underwent the sea trials on June 1, 2016, an important milestone before delivery. The first vessel of the contract, M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., was delivered to Bouchard Transportation on February 1, 2016 and is currently in service throughout the coastwise trade. M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, named after another Bouchard’s family member, the brother of Morton S. Bouchard Jr., will also be joining Bouchard Transportation’s fleet for servicing the coastwise trade. These vessels, which are two 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated (ATB) tugs, are both equipped with an Intercon Coupler System, measures 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, are classed by ABS as .A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter C.

“I am proud to announce the delivery of the M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, as it marks the conclusion of our major fleet expansion plan in partnership with our dear friends at VT Halter Marine. This vessel joins our fleet alongside the recent deliveries of the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., and our two newest ATB Units, M/V Kim. M. Bouchard & B. No. 270 and M/V Donna J. Bouchard & B. No. 272. Together, these vessels work to define Bouchard as a state of the art, fuel-efficient, and safe operation which will better serve our customers and crew for years to come. The relationship between Bouchard Transportation and VT Halter Marine is deeply valued. Thank you to everyone involved in constructing these first class vessels. ~ Morton S. BOUCHARD III, President and CEO, Bouchard Transportation

“The recent successful sea trials of M/V Frederick E. Bouchard and delivery today represents the integrity and commitment of VT Halter Marine to our valued customer, Bouchard Transportation and the entire Bouchard Transportation family. We have enjoyed this partnership and look forward to teaming with Bouchard Transportation in future endeavors. As CEO, I am proud of the recent timely deliveries of the Bouchard Articulated Tug Barges vessels and the close relationship between our companies and the hard working staff and employees of VT Halter Marine Inc.” ~ Jack PRENDERGAST, Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine

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VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.’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 26 barges, ranging from 35,000 to 260,000 barrels, and 25 tugs, ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 horsepower.

Media Contacts:

Ms. Merdith S. Foster
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6893
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Ms. Kimberly Miles
VT Systems, Inc.
Phone: (1) 703 739-2610
Email: KMiles@vt-systems.com

Ms. Danielle Bouchard
Bouchard Transportation
Phone: (1) 631 390 4900
Fax: (1) 631 390 4905
Email: dbouchard@bouchardtransport.com

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