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Buffalo Marine Services celebrates 5,000 safe and successful bunker jobs in Bolivar Roads anchorage
Houston bunker supplier celebrates milestone
23rd July 2009 23:09 GMT
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Buffalo Marine Services celebrates 5,000 safe and successful bunker jobs in Bolivar Roads anchorage. Houston bunker supplier Buffalo Marine Service has announced the recent completion of its 5,000th bunker job in the Bolivar Roads anchorage. "This milestone was the culmination of 32 years of operations in one of the most challenging bunker locations in the region," Buffalo said in a statement. The Bolivar Roads anchorage is a high-use anchorage for the high number of vessels that call at the Ports of Galveston, Texas City and Houston. While its deep waters and close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico make it an attractive and convenient location for vessels to anchor, it is also subject to large wakes from passing deep drafts and confused seas from Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Buffalo's first foray into the Bolivar Roads anchorage to deliver a bunker order began in 1977 when the area was an off-limits area for bunker deliveries, the company said. "The old salts in the industry were adamant that the swells from the ships and Gulf, unpredictable weather patterns and overall exposed location prevented a bunker barge and tow from safely remaining alongside an anchored vessel for any period of time," said Pat Studdert, President of Buffalo Marine Service. Studdert decided to do a dry run to the area to see how the tow would handle. "There was someone yelling at us that we were going the wrong way and we better turn around before we become another wreck in the Gulf. "Once we manoeuvred between the anchored vessels and the jetty, it was clear - if done properly - this was no more treacherous than an upper ship channel job," he added. After a little persuasion, Buffalo managed to locate its first job. 5,000 jobs later and Buffalo Marine Service has a perfect delivery record in the Inner Anchorage, the company announced. "Our crews know that they must remain ever vigilant when they bunker in this area. The minute you lose focus you are asking for trouble," Studdert stated. Studdert added that the biggest changes over the past three decades that have impacted bunker developments in this area the most are the US Coast Guard and their Vessel Traffic Service who enable Buffalo to safely perform their job.
Natalie Bruckner-Menchelli, 23rd July 2009 23:09 GMT
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