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New contracts for VT Halter bring more jobs to South Mississippi

ESCATAWPA, MS (WLOX) -

More ships are in the works to be built at VT Halter Marine in Escatawpa. The company announced on Friday that it has been awarded new contracts to build two 130 foot tug barges for Brouchard Transportation Co., Inc.

"We appreciate the continued confidence that Bouchard Transportation has in VT Halter Marine as we continue to build for the largest ATB operator in the U.S. The Bouchard family has been a long-standing and valued customer of ours. We look forward to delivering these ATB tugs into their fleet," said VT Halter Chief Executive Officer Bill Skinner.

Company officials say this work will bring around 40 new jobs to South Mississippi. Construction on the tugs is set to begin this fall.

Both tugs are expected to be finished before the summer of 2016.

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