Bouchard Seeking $18 Million Insurance Payout on Exploded B255 Barge

(Clearview Post) - The owners of an oil barge that exploded off the coast of Texas in 2017 might make $12 million more on their insurance claim for the damaged vessel than they have to pay the families of two seamen killed in the disaster, according to court filings. It’s a common scenario under an archaic U.S. law that protects the shipping industry from full financial … [Read more...]

Bouchard Transportation Lawsuit: Safety Record Not Relevant in Deadly Barge Explosion Investigation

Bouchard Transportation of Melville, New York, wants the Coast Guard's investigation limited to the loaded oil barge which exploded in 2017 off the coast of Texas, killing two deckhands. But the Coast Guard took testimony about the recent history of maintenance and safety issues of the company's fleet, calling the evidence relevant to its analysis of the fatal explosion. … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard to Hold Public Hearing on Fatal Bouchard No. 255 Barge Explosion

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing beginning Monday to consider evidence related to an explosion and fire aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge that claimed the lives of two people. The explosion, fire, and subsequent loss of life took place off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas on October 20, 2017. The Coast Guard said initially that the … [Read more...]