A subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems (VT Systems)VT Halter Marine has constructed and delivered the ocean-going articulated tug barge (ATB) to Bouchard Transportation.
The 112ft by 35ft by 17ft Denise A. Bouchard tug is equipped with an intercon coupler system and is classified as an A1 towing vessel, dual mode.
VT Halter Marine started the construction in March 2013, and the keel was laid two months later at its Moss Point Marine plant in Escatawpa, Mississippi, US.
Work on the ATB tug commenced in February this year at the same facility.
The Denise A. Bouchard will join Bouchard’s existing ATB 80,000 barrel, as part of the company’s fleet expansion strategy.
The vessel is the sister ship of the Evening Star, which was delivered in October 2012.
Bouchard Transportation president and CEO Morton S Bouchard III said: "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."
VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs various ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels.
VT Systems is an engineering firm headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, that provides integrated solutions to the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.
Image: Denise A. Bouchard vessel. Photo: courtesy of VT Halter Marine, Inc.