VT Halter Marine launches Bouchard ATB tug

FEBRUARY 12, 2014 — VT Halter Marine, Inc. yesterday launched the ocean-going 112 foot Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, Denise A. Bouchard.

Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System.

Construction of the vessel began in March 2013, and the keel was laid in May 2013 at VT Halter Marine's Moss Point Marine shipyard in Escatawpa,MS.

On delivery, the ATB tug will be paired with Barge B.No.284 and enter into Bouchard Transportation's fleet service in New York, NY.

"VT Halter Marine is proud to share the launch of the ocean-going ATB Tug Denise A. Bouchard with our long-standing customer, the Bouchard Family. We look forward to a continued, strong partnership for many years to come," said VT Halter Marine CEO Bill Skinner.