It was the late 1970s and El Paso Energy ran a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal known as Cove Point in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay — midway between the East Coast ports of Baltimore, Md. and Hampton Roads, Va. As the demand for gas waned, the terminal ceased operations after only two years, and it sat dormant for nearly two decades. Today the market for LNG is rising fast, with positive ripple effects being felt across the maritime niche. Two tug companies — McAllister Towing and Moran Towing, were tapped to help bring the terminal back to life, winning the contract to dock some of the world's most expensive ships. Ensuring that the job is done correctly has required a significant investment in boats and training. — By Regina P. Ciardiello Despite the promise of an alternate energy source on the heels of the mid-1970s energy crisis, the demand for LNG never quite materialized. Jump ahead nearly a quarter of a century, and the projected demand v. supply numbers are far more impressive, and the production and transportation of LNG is booming. "LNG consumption in the U.S. was comparatively low for many years," said Buckley McAllister, V.P. and General Counsel of McAllister Towing. "Now the demand is expected to outstrip the supply." And McAllister should be keenly aware of this fact, as they, along with Moran Towing, will be operating two of their own tugs that were custom built for the Cove Point Terminal - the Emily Anne McAllister and A.J. McAllister.
The U.S. Coast Guard is making permanent its current temporary safety and security zones at the Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal on Chesapeake Bay. Source: HK Law
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Don Stephens presented with award from Points of Light with recognition for more than 35 years of leading Mercy Ships volunteers in more than 70 countries Mercy Ships, a global charity based in Garden Valley, Texas, operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship
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