Bollinger Delivers 60k BBL Tank Barge

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Bouchard’s B. No. 262 and tug Evening Tide navigate down the Mississippi River delivering the barge’s first load of cargo. B. No. 262 was built and delivered from Bollinger Marine Fabricators.

Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered B. No. 262, a double hull 60,000 BBL oil tank barge built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90) to Bouchard Ocean Services, Inc., Melville, NY.

Barge B. No. 262 is a manned ocean, clean oil tank barge measuring 350 ft long, with a 70 ft beam and a depth of 25 ft.  The barge is built to, and certified by American Bureau of Shipping and United States Coast Guard to meet the requirements of OPA’90 with ten cargo compartments and two separate pumping systems. The barge is equipped with two Byron Jackson cargo pumps, driven by Detroit series 60 engines, and the deck is equipped with two Techcrane model F10-50 electric-hydraulic cranes. 

Morton S. Bouchard, III, President/CEO of Bouchard Affiliates (Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. / Bouchard Coastwise Management Corp. / Bouchard Ocean Services, Inc.) said, “We are pleased to have taken delivery of the first of three barges within the next 10 months that will conclude our double hull construction business plan that was implemented in 1992. Bouchard will have replaced its entire single hull fleet with flush deck double hull barges as mandated with the enactment of OPA’90.  Upon completion of this building phase Bouchard will be pursuing other areas to improve and build the infrastructure of our company.”

In addition to the B. No. 262, Bollinger is also building a sister ship, B. No. 264, another 60,000 BBL clean oil barge scheduled for delivery in March 2010 from Bollinger Marine Fabricators, and B. No 284, an 80,000 BBL manned ocean, clean oil barge measuring 399 ft long, with a 74 ft beam and a depth of 28 ft, scheduled to deliver from Bollinger Gretna in June 2009.

(www.bollingershipyards.com)

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