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Mayor of Houston proclaims "Buffalo Marine Service, Inc. Day"


When the Rickmers Seoul, a Superflex deep-sea container ship broke away from its moorings at Hurricane Ike’s height at 4:30 in the morning of September 13, 2008, three Buffalo Marine Service push boats immediately responded, in the face of Ike’s 90-100 mile-an-hour winds.  They were suddenly confronted with a large ship in a restricted ship channel out of control.  They kept their heads and acted quickly to stabilize the situation. The push boat captains were: San Carmen (Captains Pat Beshea and Jimmy Lopez), San Rafael (Captains Michael Ellis and Les Cain), and San Patricio (Captain Al Schmidt).  The captains were assisted by their able crews; Joseph Lloyd, Ed Lott, and Victor Alvarez on the San Patricio; Joe Kissinger, Brandon Jones and Alex Stovall on the San Rafael; Kevin Flowers, Mario Villaneuava, and Greg Colvin on the San Carmen. Ahead of the runaway container ship were two barges loaded with 50,000 barrels of flammable bunker fuel and the I-610 bridge over the ship channel.  The storm-swollen current, estimated at 5 knots, swung her bow down the channel toward the bridge.  Together the three boats pushed the ship against the barges and the bank to keep it from hitting the bridge and causing a massive disaster.

The City of Houston salutes and commends Buffalo Marine Service, Inc., along with the captains and crew for their bravery and heroism during Hurricane Ike.

Therefore, I, Bill White, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim March 3, 2009, as

Buffalo Marine Service, Inc. Day

in Houston, Texas.