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(Photo of M/V Denise A. Bouchard courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.)

Pascagoula, MS., September 11, 2018 – VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced a new contract to build an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug with an option for a second vessel for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard).

The ABS-classed ATB tug M/V Evening Stroll, measures 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet and is a sister vessel to the M/V Denise A. Bouchard (pictured above), M/V Evening Star and M/V Evening Breeze. The M/V Evening Breeze is currently under construction at VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula shipyard and is scheduled for delivery during the first quarter of 2019.

The M/V Evening Stroll is a 4,000hp twin screw ATB tug classed by ABS as Maltese Cross, A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M, SOLAS, meeting U.S. EPA-Tier 4 requirements, and equipped with an Intercon Coupler System.

Construction of the M/V Evening Stroll begins immediately at VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula shipyard, with delivery scheduled for December 2019. This vessel will enter into Bouchard’s fleet service in New York, N.Y to transport liquid petroleum products throughout the Jones Act Market.

“We are proud to continue our longstanding relationship with VT Halter Marine through the new construction of another cutting edge ATB tug. Our Safety First philosophy remains at the forefront of our operation, and is powerfully supported through VT Halter Marine’s ability to help advance our fleet with the most innovative technologies. We are dedicated to offering a safe work environment for our crew and a reliable service to our customers, and look forward to furthering our growth over the next year as we add two more high quality vessels to our fleet, said Morton S. Bouchard III, President & CEO of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.

“We are excited to work with Bouchard Transportation on this new ATB tug for their New York fleet. We enjoy excellent partnership for the past 37 years and will continue the tradition of building quality vessels for the Bouchard family. Bouchard Transportation is a valued customer and we thank them for the trust they place in VT Halter Marine. We look forward to successful deliveries of Evening Breeze and Evening Stroll in 2019, said Ronald Baczkowski, Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine.”

VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of VT Systems, is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and 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, auxiliaries, and research and survey vessels. Please visit

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

Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. was incorporated 100 years ago in 1918 by founder, Capt. Fred Bouchard. Bouchard Transportation is a family owned business and dedicated to offering an efficient operation that limits risk by providing a safe work environment for the crew, environmental protection, and a reliable service for customers. Safety First continues to be Bouchard’s core focus, while consistently maintaining and advancing their equipment at the most premier level. Their fleet consists of 26 barges, ranging from 35,000 to 260,000 barrels, and 25 tugs, ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 horsepower, with areas of operation spanning throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean For more information please visit

Media contacts:  

Robert Socha, Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone:    (1) 228.696.6888
Fax:        (1) 228.696.6890

Christine Hicks 
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone:   (1) 703.399.2769
Fax:        (1) 703.739.2611

Ms. Danielle M. Bouchard
Director of Communications
Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.
Phone:  631-390-4900