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The Workboat Edition
SET TO CELEBRATE A CENTURY
In 2018 one of the U.S. premier vessel owners – Bouchard
Transportation Co., Inc. (BTC) – celebrates its 100th year in business.
Maritime Reporter looks at BTC’s evolution through the years.
The year 2018 is a celebration year for throughout the years in regards to safe- continue to lead the market by investing service for customers,” said President & the Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., ty, ef? ciency and charitable activity to our pro? ts into innovative advancements CEO Morton S. Bouchard III.
which was founded in 1918 in New York seed the coming generation of mariners, in order to continue operating in the saf-
Harbor by Capt. Frederick Bouchard, and notably it is the largest privately- est and most ef? cient manner.”
Investment in Technology and will next year celebrate a century in owned petroleum barge company in the Bouchard’s Safety Management Sys- Over the past ? ve years, Bouchard has business. The company’s ? rst cargo was United States. tem requires each vessel to be routinely made signi? cant advancements to its a shipment of coal, and its ? rst oil barge vetted and evaluated annually and semi- ? eet, including the investment in a ma- was acquired in 1931. annually. In addition, each vessel is con- jor ? eet expansion plan, which recently Safety
In 1955, the third generation of the The foundation of Bouchard’s core tinuously assigned routine maintenance produced state-of-the-art ATB units M/V
Bouchard family joined the company, business philosophy has always focused and repair schedules to guarantee that Kim M. Bouchard & B. No. 270 and and in 1992 the fourth generation– Mor- around safety, while consistently main- the equipment is always operating at the M/V Donna J. Bouchard & B. No. 272. ton S. Bouchard, III – took the helm, taining and advancing its equipment at most optimal level. “Our safety and vet- These Jones Act vessels include the and leads the company still today. For the highest standards. “A safe and reliable ting procedures, as well as the techno- newest modi? cations to the Intercon and nearly a century, Bouchard has remained operation is the only formula that leads to logical advancements consistently being pin system, as well as the most technologi- family-owned and operated, with now pro? tability,” said Morton S. Bouchard made to our ? eet allow for an ef? cient cally advanced equipment in various spac- the ? fth generation actively involved in III, President & CEO. “We have a dedi- operation that limits risk by providing es, that are designed to reduce total emis- the day-to-day operations. cated commitment to our customers and environmental protection, a safe work sions, thus ensuring a more eco-friendly
BTC has a long list of achievements the safety of our operation, and we will environment for the crew, and a reliable vessel. The expansion also included four new ATB tugs; the M/V Evening Star (delivered in Sept. 2012), M/V Denise
A. Bouchard (delivered in May, 2014),
M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr (delivered in February, 2016), and M/V Frederick E
Bouchard (delivered in June, 2016).
Additionally, Bouchard’s expansion continues with another state-of-the-art
ATB unit currently under construction, the M/V Evening Breeze and B. No. 252. The M/V Evening Breeze is being built at VT Halter Marine, Inc., and is the sister vessel to the M/V Denise A.
Bouchard and M/V Evening Star. The 4,000-hp Evening Breeze will measure 112 x 35 x 17 ft., equipped with an In- tercon Coupler System. The B. No. 252 is being built by Bollinger Shipyards, is the sister vessel to the B. No. 250, and will measure 317.5 x 70 x 28 ft. The
B. No. 252 will have a 55,000 barrel capacity, and be used to transport liq- uid petroleum products throughout the
Jones Act Market.
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