Built by VT Halter Marine, the 150’×44’×24′, 10,000-hp Kim M. Bouchard and 628’×91’×47′, 260,000-bbl. B. No. 270 were launched earlier this year at Halter’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss., and at its shipyard operations in Pascagoula, Miss., respectively.
The Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270 will be Bouchard’s 18th ATB unit and the “safest and most technologically advanced unit of its kind,” said Morton S. Bouchard III, the company’s president and CEO. The new tug is named for Bouchard’s older sister, and joins the petroleum barge transport company’s fleet of 21 tugs and 25 barges.
The tug has two Tier 3-compliant EMD 20-710G7 engines each rated at 5,000 hp at 900 rpm. Lufkin RS4100HG gears turn two 148″, fixed pitch stainless steel propellers in Nautican high-speed nozzles with triple flap rudders.
Electrical power comes from three John Deere-powered 200-kW generators, with one Deere-powered 150-kW emergency generator. Fuel tankage is 294,000 gals., with 375,000 gals. water ballast. Bollard pull is 145 tons.
The black oil barge is mated to the Kim M. Bouchard with a 64″ Intercon coupler system. It is equipped with a crude oil washing system, inert gas system, and clean water ballast system with two ballast water pumps. There are two cargo pumps and 12 cargo tanks.
A sister ATB unit, the Donna J. Bouchard and B. No. 272, is under construction at VT Halter and scheduled for delivery in January 2016. “This will give us three vessels in the 250-foot-plus range,” Bouchard said. “They will be working all three coasts — West Coast, the Gulf and the East Coast.” — Kirk Moore