MAY 11, 2014—Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., Melville, NY, recently announced plans for the construction of an on-campus dormitory to house visitors to the Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc., Tug & Barge Simulation Center currently in development at the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College’s Throggs Neck campus in the Bronx, NY
The announcement was made at SUNY Maritime College’s Annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner, where Morton S. Bouchard III, the President and CEO, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., was recently honored for his continued support of the college and its students.
Funded by a previous gift by Bouchard Transportation, the simulation facility will be used to support the instruction of SUNY Maritime College students, as well as employee training for tug and barge companies. The center will have full mission bridge simulators, instruction stations and a “de-briefing area” for instructors to meet with students to discuss navigation, seamanship and bridge resource management skills required in the operation of tugs and barges.
Family-owned Bouchard Transportation is one of the nation’s largest independent petroleum barge transportation companies, with a fleet of 25 barges and 21 tugs.
“Bouchard Transportation has a long and valued history with SUNY Maritime College,” said Bouchard. “Our commitment to supporting the school, its extraordinary students,” he added, “and the future of the maritime industry remains unwavering. With the construction of an on-campus dormitory, we hope to facilitate use of the Simulation Center to benefit both the school and the industry at large.”
In a reflection of their ongoing commitment to support student scholarships at SUNY Maritime College, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. also pledged additional funds to benefit the Admiral’s Dinner Scholarship Fund. Scholarships benefit students who have demonstrated exemplary character and achievement in their coursework, extracurricular activities, and personal endeavors.