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VT Halter Marine Delivers ATB Tug

Sea trial for M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., the first of the two 130-foot, 6,000hp Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug that VT Halter Marine builds for Bouchard Transportation

Pascagoula, Miss. — VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the delivery of the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., the first of the two 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug to Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. (Bouchard Transportation).

Measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is classed by ABS as .A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter C and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. was launched on October 29, 2015 at the Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi. Both M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. and M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, the second ATB tug, are part of a two-vessel contract awarded to VT Halter Marine in August 2014. M/V Frederick E. Bouchard is being constructed at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi, with delivery expected in June 2016. Both vessels will enter into Bouchard Transportation’s fleet service in New York, N.Y.

“Bouchard is very pleased to take another successful delivery from VT Halter Marine, with the delivery of the tug M/V Morton S. Bouchard, Jr. This delivery has special meaning to both VT Halter Marine and Bouchard, as the second tug that Bouchard ever built with Halter Marine back in 1972 was the original Tug Morton Bouchard Jr., (renamed the Bouchard Boys). I would also like to thank all of the employees of VT Halter Marine for all of their hard work in constructing a first class tug that meets Bouchard standards. Bouchard looks forward to the delivery of the M/V Donna J. Bouchard and Barge B. No. 272 from VT Halter in two weeks and the M/V Fredrick E. Bouchard in June 2016.” ~ Morton S. BOUCHARD III, President and CEO, Bouchard Transportation

“The close working relationship between VT Halter Marine and Bouchard Transportation culminated in the delivery of this fine tug, the M/V Morton S. Bouchard, Jr. VT Halter Marine is extraordinarily proud of the long-standing relationship with Bouchard Transportation, and we are pleased to deliver this tug that has such special meaning to Bouchard. We look forward to celebrating the delivery of the M/V Donna J. Bouchard and Barge B. No. 272 in two weeks as well as the M/V Frederick E. Bouchard in June 2016.” ~ Jack PRENDERGAST, Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine

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:

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

Ms. Danielle Bouchard
Bouchard Transportation
Phone: (1) 631 390 4900
Fax: (1) 631 390 4905

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