Bouchard completes overhaul of Barge No. 295

(MELVILLE, N.Y.) — Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. has announced that Bouchard Barge No. 295 (B. No. 295) has ended its shipyard period after completing a major overhaul.

Approximately 90 percent of B. No. 295’s main deck plate has been replaced, freshly painted and triple-coated. New internal coatings have been applied, along with the installation of new anodes on the hull and in the ballast tanks to protect the hull for many more years of service.

Cargo and ballast pumps, and the thermal oil cargo heating system has been entirely overhauled, and the hose-handling cranes have been rebuilt. Additionally, the deck and navigation lighting and electrical cabling have been renewed.

B. No. 295 is equipped with all new hoses, lines, emergency response equipment, and a new gas detection system in the void spaces which provides early detection capability. A new anchor chain has also been installed, with an overhauled winch.

B. No. 295 was originally built in 2006, measures 468 feet by 85.6 feet by 38 feet, has a 158,000-barrel capacity, and is used to transport black oil throughout the Jones Act market. Paired with the ATB tug M/V Bouchard Girls, B. No. 295 is officially fit for immediate service.

By Professional Mariner Staff