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VT Halter Marine Announces the Christening of Bouchard ATB Unit

Bouchard ATB Unit; M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, christened July 14, 2015, at the Port of New Orleans.

Pascagoula, Miss., July 14, 2015 VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) and Bouchard Transportation Co. announced the christening of M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, held at the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

M/V Kim M. Bouchard, part of the ATB Unit, was launched at the Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi, on February 26, 2015.  B. No. 270 was launched at the Pascagoula Shipyard facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on Friday, May 1, 2015.  Combined, this is the first ATB unit delivered to Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard) as part of Bouchard’s major expansion program.

The B. No. 270 measures 628 feet by 91 feet by 47 feet, has a 260,000-barrel capacity, and is ABS and USCG certified for Jones Act service.   M/V Kim M. Bouchard is a 10,000hp twin screw ATB tug and is classed by ABS as XA1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M, and is equipped with Intercon Coupler System. 

Monsignor James Vlaun provided the invocation, blessing the tug and barge. The traditional bottle of champagne was broken over the hull of the tug by Mrs. Marie Romais, wife of Dimitri Romais, the Chartering Manager of SeaRiver Maritime, naming the vessel, "Kim Bouchard." The new ATB Unit and her crew sailed down the Mississippi River after the ceremony bound for Houston under charter with ExxonMobil.

“The christening of these two new vessels, M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, continues the Bouchard’s generations of safe and high quality vessels” said Morton S. Bouchard III, President and CEO, Bouchard Transportation during the ceremony “Continued thanks to the hard working employees of VT Halter for the delivery of another safe, technically advanced ATB Unit.

”We were very pleased and excited to have celebrated the christening ceremony of these vessels with our esteemed customer, Bouchard Transportation Co.” said Jack Prendergast, Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine, “VT Halter Marine and Bouchard Transportation have enjoyed a long and successful history of working together over the years.  We look forward to a continued relationship with the Bouchard family. We wish the crew of the M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270 safe and successful voyages for years to come.”

The unit will be used to transport liquid petroleum for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.  Sister unit, M/V Donna J. Bouchard and B. No. 272 is also currently under construction at VT Halter Marine.

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.

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.

Media Contacts:        
Merdith S. Foster
Manager, Business Development

VT Halter Marine
Phone:   (1) 228 696 6860
Fax:       (1) 228 696 6899
Email:    corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Ms. Denise Melkun
Bouchard Transportation
58 South Service Road 150
Phone:   (1) 631 390 4900
Fax:       (1) 631 390 4905

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