Built in 1981, by VT Halter Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana (hull #1035) as the Capt. Fred Bouchard for the Bouchard Transportation Company of Melville, New York.
In the 1990's the tug was chartered along with the newly built barge B. No.240 by the Mobil Oil Corporation of New York, New York.
In 1999, the Mobil Oil Corporation's 140,000(bbl) barge Seneca which had been constructed in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin was completed. The Capt. Fred Bouchard was tasked with the barge's delivery. As well as transporting the barge until the Mobil Oil Corporation's Articulated Tug and Barge (ATB) Mohawk. Was delivered "light tug" from J.M. Martinac Shipyard in Tacoma, Washington.
However, the tug was never repainted in Mobil Oil Corporation's shade of blue. Instead, the tug's stack was painted black. Along with her two engine room ventilators. And, affixed to the ventilators were two Mobil Oil Corporation insignias. In 2000, the charter ended. And, the tug was returned to the Bouchard Transportation Company of Mellville, New York. Where the tug retained her name.
In 2004, the tug was outfitted with an INTERcon coupler system. Although the tug was fitted with a coupler system. Her traditional towing equipment was retained to allow for traditional towing.
Also, a keel cooled 99kW generator set driven by a Detroit Diesel 8V-71 diesel engine was installed. The third engine drives the electic generator, or the backup hydraulic pump. Any of the three generators can be used to operate the INTERcon coupler system.
Powered by two EMD 16-645E turbocharged diesel engines. With Falk 3040 MRV reduction gears, at a ratio of 4.96:1. Turning two 140(in), five bladed, bronze, fixed pitch propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 5,750 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two 99kW generators driven by two GM8V71 diesel engines. With a third Detroit Diesel 8V-71 generator set. The tug's capacities are 69,756-gallon fuel, 6,006 gallons of lube oil, 8,592 gallons of potable water, 39,298 gallons of ballast water, 1,819 gallons of dirty oil, and 1,819 gallon sanitary holding tank.
(Harold E. Tartell, Robert Silva)