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Coast Guard Searching for Missing Aircraft in GoM

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The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for an unresponsive aircraft that went missing in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 118 nautical miles north of the Yucatan Peninsula, Thursday. The Coast Guard said its watchstanders at the Eighth District command center in New Orleans received a report from the North American Aerospace Defense Command, Wednesday evening that one person aboard a privately owned Cirrus plane was unresponsive likely due to hypoxia. The pilot flew from Oklahoma City and was reportedly headed to Georgetown, Texas.

Channel Restrictions Lifted at Corpus Christi Port

Photo: Port of Corpus Christi

Post Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts continue at Port Corpus Christi following the Category 4 Hurricane’s devastating strike to the Texas Coast. The full 47-foot (MLLW) draft of the ship channel is open to vessels, and the daylight only transit restriction was removed. With extensive review of hydrographic surveys by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard, the Corpus Christi Ship Channel daylight only transit restrictions were formally lifted by the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday, September 27th. Vessel traffic remains one-way on the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

Cheniere to Sell LNG from Corpus Christi to Portugal

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Cheniere Energy, Inc announced today that its subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC  has entered into a liquefied natural gas ("LNG") sale and purchase agreement ("SPA") with EDP Energias de Portugal S.A. ("EDP") under which EDP has agreed to purchase approximately 0.77 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") of LNG upon the commencement of operations of Train 3 of the LNG export facility being developed near Corpus Christi, Texas (the "Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project").

C& S Names Corpus Christi on Regular Schedule

In a recent announcement at the Meat Importers Council of America Meeting in New Orleans, Bror Bjurstrom of C&S Shipping Australia PTY said Corpus Christi would be made part of the C&S regular sailing schedule in 2003. C& S Shipping Australia PTY will offer service from Australia- Corpus Christi, Texas- Wilmington, Del. C&S Shipping has had several trial import shipments of Australian beef destined for U.S. and Mexico markets thru the Port of Corpus Christi Cold Storage. The Port handled another C&S Australian shipment aboard the M/V Luzon Strait on Wednesday, October 30. Palletized beef was discharged from the brand new Luzon Strait, which has a unique starboard side loading/unloading system. The vessel was on its maiden voyage, thereby making Corpus Christi its first U.S. port of call.

Port of Corpus Christi Selects Adesta

Adesta, a multi-discipline infrastructure service provider and integrator, has announced that it has been awarded a $1.8 million contract to provide and integrate physical security, access control, and new intrusion detection systems for the Port of Corpus Christi (POCC), the nation's sixth largest port. More than $92.3 million in grants were given to 51 ports located throughout the nation. "The Port of Corpus Christi Authority is very pleased to have chosen Adesta to assist in securing the harbor," said Luther Kim, chief of port security for the Port of Corpus Christi. "We were impressed with Adesta's professionalism and ability to adapt proven solutions to the challenges posed by the unique characteristics of the Port of Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi Ship Channel Reopened

The Corpus Christi Ship Channel is open to restricted operations following a record six-day closure caused by Hurricane Harvey. Harvey has left many Gulf Coast petroleum refining centers either completely shut down or with operations significantly scaled back. An estimated 25 percent of the region’s refining capacity is operational, positioning Corpus Christi as the largest refining center on the Texas Coast that is fully operational. The ship channel’s restricted opening, authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, will allow the seven local refineries to startup operations in an effort to serve the already short transportation fuels markets in the region and the nation.

Corpus Christi Port Manager to Receive PPM Certification

Patricia Cardenas, community relations manager for the Port of Corpus Christi Authority in Corpus Christi, Texas, will receive the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Professional Port Manager certification as part of the port association’s 2006 annual convention activities. The certification program, initiated by AAPA in 1995, encourages, rewards and advances professional standards in public port management. In partial fulfillment of her PPM program requirements, Ms. Cardenas wrote a thesis titled, “21st Century Challenges for Military Strategic Port Authorities: The Neglected Line in the Army’s Strategic Mobility Plan.”

USCG Medevacs OSV Watchstander

The Coast Guard conducted a medevac of a man from an oil rig supply vessel 27 miles offshore of Corpus Christi, April 9 afternoon. A watch stander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call at 3:05 p.m. from the Sandra Sino, requesting assistance for a man who was working alongside of the oil rig after he became entangled in the bight of one of the mooring lines and had lost his leg. Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi launched an HH-65C helicopter rescue crew and Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi diverted an 87-foot patrol boat to the location of the supply vessel. The man was airlifted to Spohn Memorial Hospital where he was listed in critical, but stable condition.

Missing man's Body located in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas

Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Photo USCG

A Coast Guard aircrew found the body of a 61-year-old fisherman Monday, after he was reported missing off Mustang Island earlier in the morning. The Corpus Christi Police Department notified Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders at 7:35 a.m. The police reported that the man's wife was waiting in the car when he went wade fishing Sunday at about 11 p.m. They reported that she attempted to contact him when he didn't return and she fell asleep waiting for him, calling the police when she awoke.

US Nuclear Submarine Visits Japanese Port

USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) Photo by  US Navy

Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705)  has docked at Yokosuka port in Japan as part of its Asia-Pacific region itinerary, the US Navy announced in a news release. City of Corpus Christi has conducted a multitude of missions and maintains proficiency in the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. "Every Westpac (Western Pacific) submariner expects to come here at some point during their time in the theater, and it is always a much anticipated visit," said Cmdr. Travis Petzoldt, commanding officer.

USACE Recommends Plan for Corpus Christi Ship Channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is planning on the completion of its three-year feasibility study and has recommended a channel improvement plan to widen, deepen and extend Corpus Christi's current channel system. The $190 million dredging project is planned to have an estimated completion date of 2007 and would immediately improve ship and barge transportation, further preparing the Port of Corpus Christi for the future. The Port is the local sponsor of this federal planning process lead by the U.S. Army Corps. Underway is the second part of a two-phase planning process to determine the feasibility of the project and to develop an Environmental Impact Statement.

Port of Corpus Christi Cold Storage Adds New Repack Line

The Port of Corpus Christi Cold Storage has an improved feature, a new repack line. Already in the repacking business with pork bellies and hams, the Port of Corpus Christi Cold Storage recently purchased additional equipment including scales, auto dumper, pack off conveyor, and full case conveyor in order to handle the current and expected repacking business. The Port’s new repack line is capable of boxing approximately 120,000 lbs per day. The Corpus Christi Cold Storage features 100,000 sq feet of chill and frozen space complete with blast freeze capabilities, 11,000 pallet capacity, and enclosed temperature-controlled rail and truck docks. Certifications include USDA approvals for export and ID service, import inspection, and FSIS-USDA Poultry export certification to Russia.

FERC Approves New LNG Terminal

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved several new natural gas projects, including the construction of a new marine terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and expansion of a previously approved LNG project that will increase and enhance the energy infrastructure in the Gulf Coast region of the United States. The Commission approved a proposal by Corpus Christi LNG, L.P. and Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline Company to construct and operate a new LNG terminal and related pipeline facilities near Corpus Christi, Texas. The Commission also approved an amended proposal by Cameron LNG, LLC to expand its facilities in Hackberry, LA to receive larger LNG tankers at its terminal that is currently under construction.

Corpus Christi Coast Guard Earns Award

On June 28, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen, presented the Commandant's Quality Award - Bronze Level to Sector Corpus Christi. Capt. Jake Korn, Sector Commander for Sector Corpus Christi received the award on behalf of the unit at the Coast Guard's Innovation Expo in Tampa, Florida. The award recognizes high-performing Coast Guard commands that excel in leadership and performance management. The Corpus Christi command was one of only seven units nationwide to receive the award, and the first Sector to receive unit wide recognition. The Bronze level was the highest level awarded this year. Sector Corpus Christi's Area of Responsibility includes the ports, waterways and coastal region of South Texas extending from the Colorado River to the Rio Grande .

Port of Corpus Christi Receives Security Grant

The Port of Corpus Christi received notification of a $2.27 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Congress provided funding for the grant program to the newly created Transportation Security Administration (TSA), now responsible for security. Port Commission Chairman Ruben Bonilla said, “The Port of Corpus Christi applauds Congress’ recognition of seaport security issues. Seaports are a vital asset to the U.S. economy. “ The funds awarded today will be used for security enhancements for the Southside and Northside of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, known as the Inner Harbor. The Inner Harbor, is one of the port’s most vital economic engines with approximately seven of the port’s major industries,” said Bonilla.

USCG to Examine LNG Route

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi will assess safety and security issues associated with liquefied natural gas tankers traveling in the Matagorda Ship Channel in order to make a recommendation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding Calhoun LNG, L.P.'s proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Calhoun County. The Coast Guard received official notification of Calhoun LNG, L.P.'s plans on March 14, 2005. "We plan to work very closely with local officials, members of our Harbor Safety Committee and the Area Maritime Security Committee in evaluating this proposal," said Captain Jake Korn, Coast Guard Captain of the Port at Sector Corpus Christi. FERC is responsible for authorizing the siting, construction, and operation of onshore LNG facilities.

Coast Guard Saves 2, Keeps Vessel Afloat

USCG Response Boat Medium (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Donnie Brzuska)

U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two fishermen Monday, after their boat started taking on water in the Gulf of Mexico. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a radio transmission from a distressed fisherman saying, “We have breached the hull, we are going down.” The call came from 40-foot fishing boat Miss Yalanda with two individuals aboard. Their boat was taking on water and flooding the engine room approximately 19 miles off the coast of Port O’Connor.

Double Eagle Pipeline Fully Operational

Double Eagle Pipeline LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.,today announced that the entire pipeline system, comprised of 195 miles of pipe, is now in full operation to Corpus Christi, Texas as designed. The 84-mile western leg of the Double Eagle pipeline system is connected into four central gathering facilities and is moving condensate from Gardendale near Cotulla, Texas, in LaSalle County through Three Riverstruck unloading and storage facility in Live Oak County to Magellan’s Corpus Christi Terminal. The 37-mile eastern leg of the Double Eagle pipeline system is moving condensate from Karnes County, Texas, also through Three Rivers, and down to Magellan’s Corpus Christi Terminal.

USCG Medevacs Man from Fishing Boat

Image: USCG

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) aircrew hoisted a 26-year-old man suffering with head pains from a fishing boat, Thursday, the USCG reported. At 3:45 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a distress report from the captain of the fishing boat Cap’n Willy, located 57 miles offshore of Port Aransas, stating that one of their crewmembers was suffering from a severe headache. The USCG launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and an aircrew aboard an HU-25 Falcon…

Tankship Man Overboard Search in GofM

Lifebuoy ready: File photo

Coast Guard crews and the tankship Elia are searching for one of the vessel's crew members off Port Aransas, Texas. The USCG informs that missing is the chief engineer, a 47-year-old Russian man. After searching throughout the ship, the crew of the 800-foot Liberian flagged tanker called the Coast Guard for help on Sunday. They reported that the chief engineer had been seen around 10:10 a.m., but did not show up after being requested at 10:30 a.m. They were about 20 miles offshore, en route to the Port Aransas anchorage.

Coast Guard: Ships Minimize Speed in Texas Harbor

Ships are limited to daylight operation at minimum speed in the inner harbor of Corpus Christi, Texas, as the clean up of an oil spill from last week continues, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Most of the waste oil-water mixture spilled into the inner harbor on from Valero Energy Corp.'s Corpus Christi refining complex has been cleaned up, but workers are still cleaning docks and shoreline. An estimated 3,690 barrels of oil and water have been collected since lightning struck a containment tank at the Valero complex early on Thursday morning, the Coast Guard said. Source: Reuters

Oil Spills Close Corpus Christi Harbor

The Coast Guard is responding to oil spills at the Valero docks and the Citgo facility located in the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor early this morning. Approximately 168,000 gallons of oil has spilled into the Corpus Christi Ship Channel just west of the Harbor Bridge. Captain of the Port, Capt. John Korn, U.S. Coast Guard, closed the channel and no vessel traffic is being allowed in the harbor. Responders from Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi are on scene overseeing the containment and clean-up of the oil-spills. The Coast Guard received a call from the motor tanker Matt Jacobs of a fire in a 125-foot diameter storm containment tank next to the ship. According to the report, lightning had struck the tank and ignited the waste oil it contained.

Corpus Christi: Energy Port of the Americas

(Image Courtesy Port of Corpus Christi)

The Port of Corpus Christi lives up to its moniker ‘Energy Port of the Americas,’ as the movement of energy in and out dominates the port’s history and future. John P. LaRue, Executive Director, Port Corpus Christi recently visited Maritime Reporter’s headquarters in New York to discuss the nearly $50 billion in investment projects driving the port forward. “Let’s just start with what we are and what we are not,” said LaRue. “We are not a container port. Up until a few years ago we were an oil import port (serving) three refineries: Citgo, Valero and Flint Hills Resources.

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