The following is text of a news release from Bouchard Transportation:
(MELVILLE, N.Y.) — Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced that articulated tug-barge (ATB) tug M/V Evening Breeze was launched Wednesday at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Miss.
The launch of Evening Breeze marks a milestone achievement in Bouchard’s most recent expansion efforts, with the launch of sister ATB tug Evening Stroll not far behind.
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.
Evening Breeze will be paired with barge B. No. 252, which is currently under construction at Bollinger Shipyards. B. No. 252 measures 317 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.