VT Halter Marine Delivers Ocean-Going ATB Tug

By George Backwell
Friday, May 30, 2014
'Denise A. Bouchard': Photo VT Halter Marine

VT Systems subsidiary VT Halter Marine says it has constructed and delivered the ocean-going 112-ft Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Tug, 'Denise A. Bouchard', for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc (Bouchard).

Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System.

Construction of the vessel began in March 2013 and the tug was launched in February 2014, at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi.

The Denise A. Bouchard is the sister vessel to the Evening Star which was delivered in October 2012, and is part of a major Bouchard fleet expansion currently underway at VT Halter Marine.

The ATB Tug will be paired with an existing Bouchard ATB 80,000 bbl and enter into Bouchard’s fleet service.

Morton S. Bouchard III President and Chief Executive Officer Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. said: “We are pleased to announce the delivery of the Denise A. Bouchard. This exceptionally crafted tug by VT Halter Marine is a fine addition to the Bouchard fleet, and one which will certainly benefit our valued customers for years to come.”

Bill Skinner Chief Executive Officer VT Halter Marine added: “VT Halter Marine has proudly delivered another quality-built ATB Tug. We certainly value the long- standing partnership we have with our valued customer, the Bouchard Family.”

About the shipbuilder

VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States.


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