Bouchard Barge No. 255 Hearing Part 5: ‘No one could say they didn’t know about the problems’

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series focussing on the U.S. Coast Guard’s public hearing on the explosion and fire aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge that claimed the lives of two people off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas on October 20, 2017.  Highlights: Ship captains walking off the job Crew hiding safety problems from Coast Guard inspectors … [Read more...]

Bouchard Barge No. 255 Hearing Part 4: Former Bouchard VP ‘Shocked’ at Condition of Barge 255

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series focussing on the U.S. Coast Guard’s public hearing on the explosion and fire aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge that claimed the lives of two people off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas on October 20, 2017.  By Barbara Liston (Clearview Post) – A former vice president of Bouchard Transportation testified he … [Read more...]

Bouchard Barge No. 255 Hearing Part 3: Conflicting Testimony and Disputed Phone Calls

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series focussing on the U.S. Coast Guard’s public hearing on the explosion and fire aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge that claimed the lives of two people off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas on October 20, 2017.  By Barbara Liston (Clearview Post) - Most Americans associate the Coast Guard with military service, but … [Read more...]

Bouchard Barge No. 255 Hearing Part 2: ‘He Slipped Out of His Life Jacket and Sank to the Bottom’

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series focussing on the U.S. Coast Guard’s public hearing on the explosion and fire aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge that claimed the lives of two people off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas on October 20, 2017.  By Barbara Liston (Clearview Post) – An engineer on the Buster Bouchard tugboat broke down in tears as … [Read more...]