Bouchard orders two 6,000 hp ATB tugs at VT Halter Marine

At 130 ft, the two latest ATB tugs ordered by Bouchard are larger than the 112 ft Denise A. Bouchard delivered in May At 130 ft, the two latest ATB tugs ordered by Bouchard are larger than the 112 ft Denise A. Bouchard delivered in May

AUGUST 1, 2014 — VT Halter Marine, Inc. today announced new contracts to build two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tugs for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.

Measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, these 6,000 hp Twin Screw ATB tugs will be classed by ABS as +A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter C, both will be equipped with an Intercon Coupler System.

Construction of the vessels will begin in  third quarter 2014 at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine shipyard in Escatawpa, MS, with delivery expected in January 2016 and May 2016. They will enter into Bouchard’s fleet service in New York, N.Y.

"I am happy to share the news of Bouchard Transportation’s fleet expansion. I look forward to the delivery of two more first-class vessels built by VT Halter, and would like to thank Mr. Brian Everist for Intercon's assistance in completing these contracts," said Morton S. Bouchard III, President/CEO, Bouchard Transportation

"We appreciate the continued confidence that Bouchard Transportation has in VT Halter Marine as we continue to build for the largest ATB operator in the U.S. The Bouchard family has been a long-standing and valued customer of ours. We look forward to delivering these ATB tugs into their fleet," said  Bill Skinner, Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine