• 2019 March 17 13:08

    Bouchard takes delivery of ATB unit M/V Evening Breeze and Barge No 252

    Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard) has taken delivery of ATB unit M/V Evening Breeze and Barge No. 252 (B. No. 252) from VT Halter Marine Inc. (VT Halter Marine) and Bollinger Shipyards.  M/V Evening Breeze left VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula Shipyard facility on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, and will meet and pair up with B. No. 252 before sailing to join our fleet service in New York.

    The Evening Breeze is 4,000hp meeting U.S. EPA-Tier 4 requirements, measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, and equipped with an Intercon Coupler System.  Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine stated, “We are pleased to build on our 37+ year relationship, designing and building quality, safe, industry leading tugs and barges for the Bouchard family. We thank Bouchard for the trust they place in VT Halter Marine and our talented group of tug and barge shipbuilders.”

    Constructed by Bollinger Shipyards, the B. No. 252 is the sister vessel to the B. No. 250, measuring 317’6 feet by 70 feet by 28 feet.  The B. No. 252 has a 55,000 barrel capacity, and will be used to transport clean petroleum products throughout the Jones Act Market.

    Bollinger Shipyards President & CEO, Ben Bordelon said, “We are proud to continue to be a part of the great success of the Bouchard Family. Mr. Bouchard and his family continue to invest into the future by continuing to modernize its fleet. It is a great American story to have multiple generations of Bouchards continue on as leaders in our industry. On behalf of our many talented craftsmen down the bayou, the Bollinger team is thankful for the opportunity to build this Jones Act classed vessel for Bouchard Transportation.  The Bollinger and Bouchard families have a long tradition of working together, and we appreciate the opportunity to further this tradition.”

    The delivery of the M/V Evening Breeze & B. No. 252 represents our ongoing fleet expansion plan, as we continue to seek ways to invest profits into new and more advanced equipment. These Jones Act vessels include the newest modifications to the Intercon and pin system, as well as the most technologically advanced equipment in various spaces that are designed to reduce total emissions, thus ensuring a more eco-friendly fleet.  The Evening Breeze is the first tug in our fleet with tier 4 engines.

    Upon taking delivery, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. President & CEO, Morton S. Bouchard III said,

    “Continuously maintaining and advancing our equipment has always been our top priority.  We are excited to welcome a new 55,000 BBL clean oil barge to our fleet, as well as our first tug with tier 4 engines. Our Safety First philosophy remains at the forefront of our operation, and the M/V Evening Breeze & B. No. 252 are strong representations of VT Halter Marine and Bollinger Shipyard’s ability to help advance our fleet with the most innovative technologies.  Our relationship with both VT Halter Marine & Bollinger Shipyards goes back decades, and I am very thankful for all of the hard work and talent that their teams have put into producing another cutting edge ATB unit for Bouchard.”

    We are dedicated to offering a safe work environment for our crew and a reliable service to our customers, and will continue on our 100 year old tradition of always building the finest and most advanced tugs and barges in the industry.

    Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.’s history dates back to its incorporation nearly 100 years ago in 1918 by founder, Capt. Fred Bouchard, the youngest tugboat captain in the Port of New York. Bouchard is a family owned business and the nation’s largest independently-owned ocean-going petroleum barge company. The company’s areas of operation span throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.  The fleet consists of 25 barges, ranging from 35,000 to 260,000 barrels, and 26 tugs, ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 horsepower. Contact: Danielle M. Bouchard, Director of Communications, e-mail: dbouchard@bouchardtransport.com

    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. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com. Contact: Robert Socha, Senior VP, e-mail: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

    VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.Contact: Christine Hicks, Manager Corporate Communications, e-mail: chicks@vt-systems.com

    Bollinger Shipyards provides new construction, repair and conversion products and support services to the commercial offshore energy and marine transportation markets around the world, and to the U.S. Government and naval shipbuilding marketplace from our U.S. Gulf of Mexico facilities.  Family owned and operated since 1946, Bollinger maintains ten ISO 9001:2008 certified shipyards and a fleet of eighteen dry-docks for shallow draft and deep water vessels. Bollinger has earned a premier reputation for superior quality, value, timely service and delivery to its customers.


2019 March 18

18:26 American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier loads Army aviation unit cargo in Thessaloniki
18:16 Wagenborg SPMTs to relocate giant MV-piling rig at the port of Rotterdam Maasvlakte
18:05 RF President launched Balaklavskaya and Tavricheskaya TPPs and Port substation in Taman
18:00 Indian Register of Shipping wins 5-year contract to provide Emergency Response Services for 33 vessels of The Shipping Corporation of India
17:36 Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivers bulk carrier Divinegate for Indigo Marine Shipping
17:30 NCSP Group’s consolidated cargo turnover for January 2019 increased by 3.3% to 12.063 million tonnes
17:05 Fincantieri starts works in Ancona on the new ship for Viking
16:38 RF Government allows LNG transportation along Northern Sea Route by certain foreign ships
16:32 Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft delivers sixth new building Ro-Ro for SIEM
16:27 Castor Maritime announces time charter contract for Panamax vessel with Oldendorff Carriers
16:13 CMA CGM announces GRR from East Coast South America to West Africa, East Africa, South Africa, Arabian Gulf and West Coast North of India
15:52 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 19,421 in RF spot market
15:51 Two NYK tugboat subsidiaries to merge
15:33 Global Ports Holding and MSC Cruises announce agreement to support Antigua
15:20 Iceberg to develop design and engineering documentation for nuclear-powered icebreaker of project 10510, Leader
15:13 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
14:33 CMA CGM to apply GRI from Canada West Coast to worldwide destinations (Excluding Africa, EU, Russia and USA)
14:01 MSC adds vessel to its Lone Star service from Asia to USEC and Gulf of Mexico
13:46 Victor Gusev appointed General Director of Nakhodka Sea Fishing Port
13:27 Jumbo wins offshore subsea decommissioning project in North Sea
13:11 The largest fuel tanker to enter Port of Newcastle
12:55 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 17-18
12:31 Contship Italia S.p.A. has entered into negotiations with MSC for sale of MCT
12:10 Maersk Line announces FAK rates – Scope Far East Asia to Mediterranean
11:51 Russia, Finland satisfied by shipping and environmental cooperation in Baltic and Arctic regions
11:32 Navig8 Chemical Tankers enters into sale and leaseback agreements with ICBC for four 37,000 DWT product oil/chemical tankers
11:02 Incheon Port container volumes up 7.5% to 266,000 TEU in January 2019
10:44 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Mar.18
10:15 SCF achieved adjusted profit of USD 6.9 million for 2018 vs USD 5.3 million loss for 2017
09:54 USA, EU and Canada impose sanctions on several Russian shipyards
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.21% to $67.02, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $58.61
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 730 points
08:07 Port of Oakland cargo volume down 1.3 percent in February 2019
07:26 Port of Long Beach container volumes down 9.8 percent in February 2019

2019 March 17

17:04 HII installed main mast of USS George Washington (CVN 73)
15:12 Anthony Veder expands its fleet with new 30 000 cbm LNG carrier
14:48 Ingalls Shipbuilding hosts keel-laying for America-class LHA 8
13:08 Bouchard takes delivery of ATB unit M/V Evening Breeze and Barge No 252
11:30 SCHOTTEL propulsion systems for IMR vessel “Paul Candies”

2019 March 16

16:48 Borr wins contract in Mexico for premium jack-up rig duo
15:39 Meyer Turku floats out LNG powered cruise ship Costa Smeralda
14:43 KfW IPEX-Bank: Two additional transport vessels for Royal Arctic Line A/S financed
13:51 Kirby closes the acquisition of the Cenac Marine Services marine transportation fleet
12:37 RINA: Investing in industry 4.0 for growth
11:32 DP World reports 20% revenue growth in 2018

2019 March 15

18:29 IMO strengthens coal moister control
18:04 NORDEN invests in West African region
17:08 Wärtsilä's installation of three energy storage systems onboard of offshore construction vessel to deliver fuel and emissions savings
16:44 Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachments supporting the World Food Programme
16:19 TNG secures time-charter employement for product tanker MT Velebit
16:05 Hapag-Lloyd starts new service connecting Turkey and US East Coast – TNE Service
15:46 Finnpilot invests in safety work and the digitalisation of navigation
15:24 Teekay Tankers announces changes to Board of Directors
15:05 CMA CGM updates ISPS (vessel) surcharge
14:40 Ice-class buoy tender of Project 02780М, named Fortuna, joins Rosmorport’s fleet
14:26 Wärtsilä successfully tests remote guidance service capabilities
14:05 New cruise ship for Royal Caribbean to leave Papenburg on Tuesday, March 19 2019
13:07 Port of Virginia volumes up to 228,151 TEUs in February 2019
12:35 14 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 14-15
12:07 Equinor receives the authorities’ approval for extending the life of eight installations on the Norwegian continental shelf