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VT Halter Marine Launches Two ATB tugs for Bouchard Transportation Company

Launch photo of the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. 6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug   

Launch photo of the M/V Donna J. Bouchard 10,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug

Pascagoula, Miss., November 4, 2015
VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. (Bouchard Transportation) announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug on October 29, 2015. 

The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two vessels contract awarded in August 2014. Measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, these 6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tugs are classed by ABS as XA1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter C. Upon completion, both tugs will be equipped with an Intercon Coupler System.  M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. and M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, are being constructed at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi, with delivery expected in January 2016 and May 2016 respectively. These vessels will enter into Bouchard Transportation’s fleet service in New York, N.Y.

This is the second launch of a Bouchard Transportation’s vessel by VT Halter Marine in as many months. M/V Donna J. Bouchard, a 10,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug, was also launched at the Moss Point Marine facility on September 15, 2015.

M/V Donna J. Bouchard, is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M, is also equipped with Intercon Coupler System. She will be paired with ATB barge B.No.272, which is currently under construction at the VT Halter Marine Pascagoula Shipyard facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi. This will be the second ATB unit built for Bouchard Transportation as part of their major expansion program.

“Bouchard Transportation is happy to announce yet another successful launching of a state of the art ATB tug built by VT Halter Marine. The launching of the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is a special event within the Bouchard Family, for the vessel is named after the father of President/CEO, Morton S. Bouchard III, who wanted his father’s name to always remain on the waterfront for which he dedicated his entire life to. The original M/V Morton S Bouchard Jr., which was also built by VT Halter Marine, was earlier renamed as M/V Bouchard Boys and continues to operate as part of Bouchard Transportation’s Fleet.” ~ Morton S. BOUCHARD III, President and CEO, Bouchard Transportation
“The successful launching of both vessels, the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. today and the M/V Donna J. Bouchard in September is an indication of the commitment to the continued relationship with Bouchard Transportation. We are pleased and proud to celebrate this important milestone in the life of any vessel, and we look forward to having these superb tugboats join the Bouchard Transportation’s fleet.” ~ Jack PRENDERGAST, Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine

VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems.  Based inPascagoula,Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in theUnited 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 inAlexandria,Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media Contacts:
Ms. Merdith S. Foster
VT Halter Marine
Phone:  (1) 228 696 6860
Fax:       (1) 228 696 6899
Email:    corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Mr. Brendan Bouchard
Bouchard Transportation
Phone:  (1) 631 390 4900
Fax:      (1) 631 390 4905
Email: bbouchard@bouchardtransport.com

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