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Bouchard Transportation: A Family Tradition of Excellence

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Quality, safety, environment, and crew safety are Bouchard’s highest priority. — Morton Bouchard III President & CEO

The Bouchard Family— Morton S. Bouchard III, with wife Linda, daughter Danielle and son Brendan at the Morton S. Bouchard Jr. Tug & Barge Simulator at SUNY Maritime

38 Marine Log // December 2016

ouchard Transportation is the largest independently owned, oceangoing petroleum barge company is the U.S. We spoke candidly with company President & CEO Morton S. Bouchard III earlier this year about the future of the industry and the company. Morton S. Bouchard III: Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. was founded and incorporated in 1918 by my Great Grandfather, Captain Fred Bouchard. Capt. Fred Bouchard became a tugboat Captain at the age of 14. In 1916, while on watch, the Black Tom explosion occurred on Staten Island, and Capt. Fred maneuvered his tug and pulled ammunition scows out to safety. He was blown out of the wheelhouse on two occasions, but continued to pull the scows to safety. For his heroic actions, he was awarded salvage money from the state and federal government. With those funds he

bought a coal scow, lived and worked on the scow, and created his own company, Bouchard Transportation Co. In 1931, Capt. Fred acquired Bouchard’s first oil barge, a sunken 15,000-barrel vessel in Jacksonville, FL, which he purchased for $100. After raising the vessel, he towed it to a Norfolk, VA, shipyard where it was converted to a hot oil system, oil barge. From there it was towed up to NY Harbor, signifying Bouchard’s first of many vessel purchases and construction projects. The company was passed on to my grandfather, Morton S. Bouchard Sr. (“Buster”), who continued to grow the company, then it was passed on to my father, Morton S. Bouchard Jr., and then on to me. Our philosophy has not changed for four generations: Work hard, do not take anything for granted, take care of your customers, invest


December 2016 Marine Log