meetings and discussions with our customers, and possible future customers, we decided to scale the size down to 250,000 bbl and 10,000 hp, which proved to be a smart decision. These two new units bring Bouchard’s fleet to three units this size, all flat deck double hulls: M/V Danielle M. Bouchard & B. No. 245, M/V Kim M. Bouchard & B. No. 270, and M/V Donna J. Bouchard & B. No. 272. Bouchard also contracted to build two 6,000 hp Intercon Tugs with VT Halter Marine; M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. & M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, and contracted with Bollinger Shipyards to convert the B. No. 210 & B. No. 220 to Intercon barges with segregated ballast. The B. No. 210 & B. No. 220 were two of the first double hull barges Bouchard built, and were wire barges. Upon the completion of their conversion, Bouchard’s entire fleet above 60,000 bbl will be flat deck, double hull, Intercon ATBs that range in capacity from 55,000 bbl (B. No. 250 only 1), then 80,000 bbl to 250,000 bbl. No other company has such a modern and safe fleet. ML: How does Bouchard address quality, safety and the environment in its corporate culture and corporate policy? MB: Quality, safety, environment, and crew safety are Bouchard’s highest priority. Ever y employee at Bouchard knows that safety is our highest priority. As I mentioned earlier, Bouchard cannot be profitable unless we are safe. This philosophy is practiced every day, 24 hours, 365 40 Marine Log // December 2016
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days a year—no exceptions. Every captain in Bouchard’s fleet knows that they have the authority to put the operation on hold if they feel the safety of the crew and vessel is being jeopardized. When it comes to the safety of the crew and fleet, Bouchard employees know all decisions will have my full support. Safety is the most important policy at Bouchard. ML: Can you tell us about Bouchard’s work with SUNY Maritime? MB: Education is of vital importance at Bouchard. It is very simple: The more educated our employees are, the safer we as a company will be. A major aspect of education is simulator training. New York Harbor was always the home of a simulator, and it was relocated to Houston. When I became aware of this, I was upset with myself for not being aware of it. After speaking with various other companies, I decided that a simulator was needed for oceangoing tug & barges. I wanted a simulator that could be used by Bouchard employees, but also by the cadets to learn tug & barge operations while enrolled at school. After several meetings with my dear friends at SUNY Maritime, Bouchard made the proud decision to build the Morton S. Bouchard Jr. Tug & Barge Simulator, which can be used for
cadets, Bouchard employees, as well as other companies. Bouchard’s commitment to this simulator is not one and done; it entails yearly upgrades to the software, and the simulator itself. We just recently upgraded the software to include tractor tugs, and ship docking, all funded by Bouchard. This type of commitment just enforces our corporate philosophy that there is no budget for safety and proper training, and safety is our number 1 and top priority. ML: What would you like the legacy of the Bouchard brand to be? MB: Bouchard’s legacy should be recognized for the following: • Bouchard is always an excellent partner to the communities we operate in. • Bouchard always does what is required to be a good corporate partner to all customers, vendors, and communities. • Bouchard always maintains our vessels to the highest industry standards, and reinvests profits in new more modern equipment. • B o u c h a r d t a ke s c a r e o f a l l employees, and their families. Simply, Bouchard will always try to make the right decision for the benefit of our employees, customers and the community. www.bouchardtransport.com
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