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VT Halter Marine Announces the Launch of Two Tugs for Bouchard

Pascagoula, Miss. – VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) and Bouchard Transportation Co. announced the launch of MN Morton S. Bouchard Jr. a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Tug today.

The MN Morton S. Bouchard Jr. part of a two vessel contract awarded in August 2014, is a 6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug, measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, and is classed by ABS as A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter C. Upon completion, both tugs will be equipped with an lntercon Coupler System. MN Morton S. Bouchard Jr. and a second 6000hp tug, MN Frederick E. Bouchard are being constructed at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss., and are scheduled for on-time delivery expected in January 2016 and May 2016. These vessels will enter into Bouchard’s fleet service in New York, N.Y.

This is the second launch of a Bouchard Transportation vessel by VT Halter Marine in as many months. The MN Donna J. Bouchard, a 10,000 hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Tug, was launched at the Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi, on September 15, 2015.

The MN Donna J. Bouchard, part of an ATB Unit, Bouchard is a 1O,OOOhp twin screw ATB tug and is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M, and is equipped with lntercon Coupler System. The tug will be paired with ATB barge B. No. 272 currently under construction at the VT Halter Marine Pascagoula Shipyard facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi. This will be the second ATB unit delivered to Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. as part of their Bouchard’s major expansion program.

“Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. is happy to announce yet another successful launching of a state of the art ATB tug built by Halter. The launching of the Tug Morton S. Bouchard Jr is a special event within the Bouchard Family, for the vessel is named after the father of President/CEO, MortonS. Bouchard Ill, who wanted his father’s name to always remain on the waterfront for which he dedicated his entire life to. The original Tug Morton S Bouchard Jr, which was also built by Halter, was earlier renamed The Bouchard Boys and continues to operate with Bouchard’s Fleet” said Morton S. Bouchard Ill, President and CEO, Bouchard Transportation of the launch of both vessels.”

“The successful launching of both vessels, the MN Morton S. Bouchard Jr. today and the MN Donna J. Bouchard in September is an indication of the commitment to the continued relationship with Bouchard Transportation Company.” said Jack Prendergast, Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine, “We are pleased and proud to celebrate this important milestone in the life of any vessel, and we look forward to having these superb tugboats join the Bouchard Transportation fleet.”

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Launch photo of the MNMorton S. Bouchard Jr. 6000 hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Tug

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Launch photo of the MNDonna J. Bouchard 10,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Tug

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

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

Media Contacts:

Ms. Merdith S. Foster
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899

Mr. Brendan Bouchard
Bouchard Transportation
Phone: (1) 631 390 4900
Fax: (1) 631 390 4905

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