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The M/V San Kennedy

At the Christening Ceremony with Patrick Studdert, Miss Kennedy Studdert and His Excellency Cardinal Di Nardo, who bleesed the new vessel.

HOUSTON, TEXAS, February 1, 2008 – Buffalo Marine launched their newest tugboat, the M/V San Kennedy, with the typical christening but this time with more flourish and flare than is usual.

Buffalo Marine President, Patrick Studdert, invited the first U.S. Cardinal from Texas to officiate. To Studdert’s surprise, His Eminence Daniel N. Cardinal Di Nardo replied that he would indeed be on hand to bless the 1,320 hp vessel.

Buffalo’s San Kennedy was designed and built by John Bludworth Shipyard. It is another powerful addition to the Buffalo fleet. She is 62-feet in length and has two Cummins QSK19M2 diesel engines. The engines deliver 660 hp. each at 1,800 rpm. The vessel also has a state-of-the-art electronics Quantum System package by Cummins meaning that the engine’s electronics can track more than 25 parameters and display that information in the wheelhouse. The engines are also wired to display other information like fuel consumption, engine load, gear oil pressure and more. The engines are environmentally friendly and meet EPA Tier 2 emissions standards.

Seven-year old Kennedy Studdert performed the actual christening assisted by her father, Tim Studdert, son of Patrick Studdert. Buffalo Marine employees and those who participated in building the tug were on hand along with dignitaries and invited guests.

Before ending the ceremony Patrick Studdert presented a Buffalo Marine football to Cardinal DiNardo. Studdert, a former football coach, uses the specially embossed footballs to reinforce the fact that at Buffalo Marine “everyone carries the ball.” The company is noted for it’s excellent bunkering and long haul service along several Texas and Louisiana ports and seaways. The company has been operating since 1935. Studdert says, “The company may be old but our fleet is the youngest and most powerful of any in the country.”

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Tom Marian
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