43 Bouchard vessels win Devlin Award for safety

(MELVILLE, N.Y.) — On June 7, the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) awarded 43 Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. operating vessels the Jones F. Devlin Award, recognizing their safety achievements in 2016.

These 43 vessels have operated a total of 364 years with no lost-time injuries, which further symbolizes Bouchard’s dedicated commitment to safety. This award is a testament to the hard work and devotion Bouchard’s crew and safety department puts forth every day to ensure Bouchard operates safely.

“Bouchard continues to hold safety as a top priority, and we are proud to see our vessels honored with Devlin Awards year after year," said Kevin Donohue, Bouchard’s vice president of safety and vetting. “Thank you to all of Bouchard’s dedicated crewmembers, who skillfully work to ensure we are always operating according to our safety management system, policies and procedures. These outstanding achievements are a direct result of your tireless efforts.”

Congratulations to the following vessels and their crew on their notable achievement and the number years accident-free: B. No. 205, three; B. No. 210, six; B. No. 215, 10; B. No. 220, 10; B. No. 225, nine; B. No. 230, 10; B. No. 231, nine; B. No. 233, two; B. No. 235, nine; B. No. 240, seven; B. No. 242, eight; B. No. 245, 11; B. No. 250, four; B. No. 255, two; B. No. 260, eight; B. No. 264, six; B. No. 265, 10; B. No. 275, 21; B. No. 280, nine; B. No. 282, five; B. No. 284, seven; B. No. 285, 30; B. No. 295, 10; Barbara E. Bouchard, eight; Bouchard Boys, nine; Bouchard Girls, eight; Brendan J. Bouchard, 10; Buster Bouchard, nine; Capt. Fred Bouchard, five; Danielle M. Bouchard, 10; Denise A. Bouchard, two; Ellen S. Bouchard, eight; Evening Light, 12; Evening Mist, 13; Evening Star, four; Evening Tide, two; J. George Betz, 10; Linda Lee Bouchard, 10; Marion C. Bouchard, eight; Morton S. Bouchard IV, 12; Ralph E. Bouchard, six; Rhea I. Bouchard, nine; Robert J. Bouchard, three.

Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc.’s history dates back to its incorporation 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 26 barges, ranging from 35,000 to 260,000 barrels, and 25 tugs, ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 horsepower. For more information, visit www.bouchardtransport.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff