Bouchard Christens ATB

Posted by Irina Tabakina

Oceangoing petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the christening of two new vessels, M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, in New Orleans. The B. No. 270 was launched at VT Halter Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula, Miss., earlier this year, and the tug Kim M. Bouchard was launched at the Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi. It is named after the older sister of Morton S. Bouchard III, President/CEO of Bouchard Transportation. Constructed independently of each other, and now paired, the M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270 are the largest vessels to date in Bouchard’s ongoing fleet expansion program.
The B. No. 270 measures 628 x 91 x 47 ft., has a 260,000-barrel capacity, and is ABS and USCG certified for Jones Act service. The B.No.270 is a fully manned and equipped with a crude oil washing system, inert gas system; clean water ballast system, four cargo pumps, two ballast pumps and two anchors. The Kim M. Bouchard is a 10,000hp twin screw, single wheel house Tug and is classed by ABS as +A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Paired with Barge B. No. 270, the unit will be used to transport liquid petroleum for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. The sister unit, M/V Donna J. Bouchard and B. No. 272 are also currently under construction at VTHM, will be delivered later this year.

(As published in the August 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News -

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 14,  Aug 2015

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