The following is text of a news release from Bouchard Transportation:
(MELVILLE, N.Y.) — Bouchard Transportation Co. announced that ATB tug M/V Evening Breeze was launched Wednesday, Nov. 7 at VT Halter Marine's Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard.
The launch of the M/V Evening Breeze marks a milestone achievement in Bouchard’s most recent expansion efforts. With the launch of sister ATB tug M/V Evening Stroll not far behind. Bouchard’s Safety First philosophy remains at the forefront of their operation, and is powerfully supported through VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s ability to help advance their fleet with the most innovative technologies.
Bouchard is dedicated to offering a safe work environment for their crew and a reliable service to their customers, and will continue on their 100-year-old tradition of always building the finest and most advanced tugs and barges in the industry.
The M/V Evening Breeze is a 4,000-hp twin screw ATB tug classed by ABS as Maltese Cross, A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M, SOLAS, meeting U.S. EPA-Tier 4 requirements, and equipped with an Intercon Coupler System.
The ATB tug M/V Evening Breeze will be paired with the B. No. 252, which is currently under construction at Bollinger Shipyards. The B. No. 252 measures 317’6 feet by 70 feet by 28 feet, will have a 55,000 barrel capacity, and be used to transport liquid petroleum products throughout the Jones Act Market.