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The Bunker Bulletin Daily - March 3, 2009

US bunker company honoured for bravery
3rd March 2009 13:32 GMT

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Hurriance Ike struck Houston in September

A US bunker company is being honoured for its part in preventing a disaster in the Houston Ship Channel.

The City of Houston on Tuesday is saluting the bravery of the captains and crew of three vessels operated by Buffalo Marine Services.The story goes back to September 13 last year when Hurricane Ike struck the US Gulf Coast.
A deep-sea container ship owned by Rickmers Line of Germany broke away from its moorings at the height of the storm. Three Buffalo Marine Services push boats immediately responded in the face of Ike’s 160 kilometres-an-hour winds.
Patrick J. Studdert, president and CEO, of Buffalo Marine, said: “The men were suddenly confronted with a large ship in a restricted ship channel out of control. They kept their heads and acted quickly to stabilise the situation.”
He said that ahead of the runaway container ship were two barges loaded with 50,000 barrels of bunker fuel and a bridge over the Houston 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,” Studdert said.

Bill White, Mayor of the City of Houston, is to proclaim March 3, 2009, Buffalo Marine Services Day.

Buffalo Marine Services is a full-service marine fuel bunkering company that has operated on the Gulf Coast since 1935.