A Melville company is donating
$750,000 to the SUNY Maritime College for a simulation training center.
The Bouchard Transportation Co .Tug & Barge Center will offer
full mission bridge simulators, instruction stations and a debriefing
instructors and students can discuss navigation, seamanship and bridge
resource management skills needed in the operation of tugs and barges.
A request for proposal is posted on the New York State Contract
System website for firms to work with Bouchard
Transportation on modeling the simulator off the bridges of the
The physical model of the bridge will be made to fit
one model; however, the electronic components will be based upon four
different models of Bouchard tugboats. Additionally, the simulation will
include eight areas of operation including approaches to New York
harbor, Port Jefferson, the Long Island Sound, Norfolk, the Chesapeake,
Port Everglades and others.
“Bouchard is committed to educating
our future mariners, the young people who will lead this industry in
the years to come, and to training mariners currently working in the tug
and barge industry to keep them aware of new topics and procedures,”
said Morton Bouchard III, president/CEO of Bouchard Transportation