VT Halter Contract to Build 112-ft ATB Tug

Monday, May 23, 2011

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced a new contract to build a 112-ft ATB Offshore Tug for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard). This tug will be similar to others built for Bouchard in previous years by Halter Marine.

Measuring 112 ft by 35 ft by 17 feet, the 4,000hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and it will be equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel begins in June 2011 at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss., with delivery expected in September 2012. The vessel will enter into Bouchard’s fleet service in New York, N.Y.
“Bouchard is pleased to have renewed our long-standing relationship with Halter which was started by my father, Morton S. Bouchard, Jr., in 1970 with the building of the Morton S. Bouchard Jr. and Frederick E. Bouchard. Halter went on to build several barges and tugs for Bouchard over the next three decades and they met the high quality standards demanded by Bouchard. I look forward to the same standards today as in the past, which I know VT Halter Marine will deliver”. ~Morton S. Bouchard III, President/CEO, Bouchard Transportation
“We are very pleased to welcome back to our shipbuilding family a long-standing and valued customer, Bouchard Transportation. Our team looks forward to delivering this quality built vessel.” ~Bill Skinner, Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine

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