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ATB Tug Rhea I. Bouchard and Barge B. No. 284 ATB Tug Rhea I. Bouchard and Barge B. No. 284 depart the New Orleans terminal with the barge's first load of cargo following the delivery of the new barge from Bollinger Gretna, LLC

August 6, 2009

Bollinger delivers 80,000 bbl barge to Bouchard

Bollinger Gretna, L.L.C., Harvey, La., has delivered Barge B. No. 284 to Bouchard Ocean Services, Melville, N.Y.

The double hull 80,000 bbl, manned ocean, clean oil tank barge is 399 ft 11 in long, with a 74-foot beam and a depth of 28 ft 6 in.

The barge is built to OPA 90 requirements and has twelve cargo compartments and three separate pumping systems. It is equipped with three Byron Jackson cargo pumps, driven by Model 6125HF070 Series John Deere engines, and the deck is equipped with two Techcrane model C 30-60 electric-hydraulic cranes.

Since acquiring Bollinger Marine Fabricators in 1998, and Bollinger Gretna, LLC in 2000, Bollinger shipyards has delivered 54 OPA 90 tank barges--nine of them for Bouchard.

"Bollinger's success in building OPA'90 tank barges and their support vessels is directly attributed to our loyal customers, like Bouchard," said Chris Bollinger, Bollinger's executive vice president of new construction. "Bouchard continues to work with us on new opportunities, and maintains a working relationship with Bollinger that does not end with the delivery of a new piece of equipment, but it continues on as the vessels require regulatory inspections and upgrades with our Repair Division."

The B. No 284 is the second barge delivered under a three barge agreement between Bollinger and Bouchard. The B. No. 262, a 60,000 bbl OPA 90 barge delivered in April was the first of the three. The third is the 60,000 bbl B. No 264, a clean oil barge scheduled for delivery in March 2010 from Bollinger Marine Fabricators, LLC.

Morton S. Bouchard, III, President/CEO of Bouchard Affiliates (Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. / Bouchard Coastwise Management / Bouchard Ocean Services) said, "Bouchard is pleased to have taken delivery of yet another flat deck double hull Intercon barge, B. No.284. The B. No.284 will be followed with the B. No.264 which concludes Bouchard's present new building program. Bouchard is very pleased with the vessels Bollinger continues to build for Bouchard, and looks forward to future constructions with Bollinger."


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