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Sunday, February 25, 2018

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First of Three New ATBs Delivered for Vane Brothers

Photo: Vane Brothers

The Vane Brothers Company continues to expand its fleet with new vessel construction. This February, the marine transportation company took delivery of the first of three new ATB tugs from the Conrad Orange Shipyard in Orange, Texas. The first boat is the Assateague, and the other two boats will be the Chincoteague and Wachapreague. Designed by Greg Castleman of Castleman Maritime, LLC, located in League City, Texas, each 110-foot by 38-foot tug is being mated to an 80,000-barrel barges designed by Bristol Harbor Group and being built by Conrad Industries of Amelia, La.

Panama Canal Administrator Presents Expansion Program

Jorge L. Quijano at Conference

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano presented the Panama Canal Expansion Program during his recent visit to Lamar University, in Beaumont, Texas. During the conference, Quijano highlighted the impact of the Panama Canal Expansion on the U.S. Gulf ports, focusing on those located in Texas. “An important number of the vessels of various segments that transit the Canal today have as port of origin or destination the U.S. Gulf ports. Furthermore, once the Panama Canal Expansion…

Coast Guard Responds to Flooding

Coast Guard crews from four air stations arrived outside of Austin, to prepare for possible search and rescue cases due to the threat of major flooding in the surrounding areas. Search and rescue helicopter crews from Air Stations Houston, Corpus Christi, Texas, New Orleans and Mobile, Ala., are conducting overflights of the affected areas near Marble Falls, Texas.

Tech File: An Inside Look at Ballast Tank Linings

© Sheng Zhang / Adobe Stock

The proper lining of ballast tanks is essential and critical to ship safety. Not too many decades ago, ships traveling the North Atlantic routes were experiencing terrible losses from outright sinking in the turbulent seas. It was eventually discovered that the primary culprit was hull failure from ballast tanks rupturing from the inside out due to simple, plain old-fashioned rusting and galvanic corrosion. The U.S. Navy led the way and came up with a recommended formula, or recipe, for a ballast tank coating that paint manufactures could copy in bidding for Navy business.

Navy to Commission Submarine Texas

Sailors stationed aboard the Pre Commissioning Unit (PCU) Texas (SSN 775) stands topside as she gets underway from Naval Station Norfolk. Texas is the second Virginia-class submarine built and the first major U.S. Navy combatant vessel class designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind. Texas will be commissioned Sept 9, 2006. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in Galveston, Texas. U.S. The Navy will commission the USS Texas, second ship of the Virginia attack submarine class, Sept. 9, during ceremony at the Port of Galveston piers in Galveston, Texas. As the Navy's next-generation attack submarine, the Virginia-class submarine is the first class specifically designed to counter post-Cold War threats…

Panama Canal Expects LNG Tanker Traffic to Rise 50%

(File photo: Panama Canal Authority)

The number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers traversing the Panama Canal is expected to jump 50 percent by September due to rising exports of the fuel from the United States, the head of the canal's governing agency told Reuters. After adding a third set of locks in 2016, the Panama Canal Authority expects that growing global demand for LNG will boost transit through the waterway, said Jorge Quijano, head of the authority. Demand for LNG has taken off in recent years because of abundant supplies of natural gas…

Texas LNG Gets Approval To Export LNG To FTA countries

Texas LNG’s liquefaction plan at its 110 acre complex at the Port of Brownsville

Texas LNG LLC today announced that it has received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to export domestically produced LNG to all existing, and any future, countries that have, or enter into, an FTA with the Government of the United States. DOE approval of FTA exports is an important component of the regulatory process necessary to develop Texas LNG's project on its 110 plus acre site with deepwater frontage to the Port of Brownsville shipping channel in Brownsville, Texas, USA.

FAMA Discusses Penalties of Unregistered Vessels in Texas Waters

The Texas Oil Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) Program has circulated the April 2003 edition of its Facility and Maritime Affairs (FAMA) newsletter. This edition contains, a reminder that civil penalties will be assessed against any unregistered vessel found in Texas waters. Texas mandates that a vessel required to have either a vessel response plan (VRP) or a Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) register with OSPR prior to entry into Texas waters. Recommended civil penalties for failing to register start at $500 for each violation.

Texas LNG Makes Strides on US LNG Export Project

Image courtesy of Texas LNG

Texas LNG LLC says it has as filed an application to the United States Department of Energy (DOE) seeking authorization to export up to 2 MTA (million tonnes per annum) of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to FTA (Free Trade Agreement) and non-FTA markets following the execution of its exclusive lease option agreement with the Port of Brownsville in South Texas, USA. The company explains it will employ a toll processing business model whereby the LNG customer will pay Texas LNG a fee…

Navy Commissions Attack Submarine Texas

The Navy will commission the USS Texas, second ship of the Virginia attack submarine class, Saturday, Sept. Texas. As the Navy's next-generation attack submarine, the Virginia-class submarine is the first class specifically designed to counter post-Cold War threats, providing the Navy with the capabilities required for safeguarding the nation’s interests in the 21st century. Texas has improved stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that enable it to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements. Texas along with its other sister submarines of the Virginia-class, will be able to accommodate technology upgrades throughout its life. Sen. Texas will deliver the ceremony’s principal address.

New Galveston Pilot Boat Honors Fallen Colleague

Photo courtesy Gladding-Hearn

The Galveston has a top speed of 29 knots and the ability to stop within two boat lengths when operating at full speed and make a 360 degree turn while stationary. She measures a full 70 ft long and more than 20 ft wide and was built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The Galveston is a sister-ship to the Galveston-Texas City pilot boat Texas and was commissioned to replace the Gal-Tex. The Texas, also built by Gladding-Hearn has been ably serving the Galveston-Texas City Pilots for the past five years.

Wind Rustling Tussle

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) issued a Press Release accusing the New Mexico Land Commissioner of stealing wind rightly belonging to Texas. While not directly a maritime matter, this could prove a portent of things to come as more wind farms are built offshore. It seems that New Mexico plans to build a wind farm at the same time Texas is considering its own project. The Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office issued a bounty for his New Mexico counterpart, referring to him as “a thievin’, no-account wind rustler”. (HK Law)

Texas LNG’s Brownsville Project Progressing

Artist impression depicting Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities. (Image courtesy of Texas LNG Brownsville LLC)

Texas LNG appoints BNP Paribas as financial adviser for Brownsville LNG project, progresses FERC pre-filing process and completes over 60 percent of front end engineering and Design for facility. Texas LNG Brownsville LLC announced that BNP Paribas has been appointed as financial adviser for the Brownsville project. BNP Paribas will assist Texas LNG in the raising of equity and debt financing for the total capital requirements of the Project, including the execution of definitive transaction documents for achieving final investment decision (FID) and project construction.

Texas Clipper II Honored In Galveston

Texas A&M University at Galveston was officially presented the "M" Award Friday from the U.S. Maritime Administration for outstanding performance and maintenance of the Texas Clipper II, the school's maritime vessel. first time in almost 60 years the award has been presented. officers and crew of the Texas Clipper II. congratulate Rear Adm. program, and Capt. II. The "M" Award was presented to U.S. vessel and naval auxiliaries were constructed for wartime use. to ships in recognition of superior standing. of the honor was bestowed upon the Texas Clipper II on Friday. one year. The Texas Clipper II is a 394-ft. U.S. training programs of the vessel. in the United States.

Porter Voices Concerns Over Texas Pipelines

Commissioner David Porter

Commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) Tuesday visited several south Texas border oil and gas facilities and pipeline rights-of-way to meet with field staff, operators, law enforcement and security officials to examine the vulnerability of Texas’ critical industry infrastructure. "While oil and gas operators take every precaution to limit any threat to their equipment and product, the unfettered flow of illegal aliens complicates their efforts,” said Porter. Commissioner Porter recently sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R.

NextDecade Takes Aim at Texas City for LNG Export

Photo: NextDecade, LLC

NextDecade LLC has signed lease agreements with the State of Texas and City of Texas City for a close to 1,000-acre site at Shoal Point for the potential development of a multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility. Texas City owns almost 376 acres at Shoal Point, while the Texas General Land Office manages the adjoining 618 acres of state land. The agreement comes as the State of Texas continues to draw international attention following significant new natural gas finds totaling over 90 trillion cubic feet (tcf) in 2016 and as global buyers increasingly seek new…

Marathon Galveston Bay Contractor Feared Drowned

A contractor was feared drowned after falling into the Port of Texas City, Texas, when scaffolding supporting him collapsed at the Marathon Petroleum Corp Galveston Bay refinery dock, a Texas City official said. "Divers are en route to do a body recovery," Derek Duckett, director of emergency management for Texas City, said on Monday. Part of the scaffolding fell at about 11:30 a.m. CDT (1630 GMT) Monday and the worker has not been seen since, Duckett said. "I heard part of the scaffolding fell and he was tied to it," Duckett said. An investigation will be needed to determine what happened, he said. The Texas City Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for the man before the divers were called out, Duckett said.

Casino Cruise Ship Financing Ready

Viva Gaming & Resorts has reported that all financing required for the company's Texas Treasure casino cruise ship project in Corpus Christi, Texas is now fully secured and in place. The Texas Treasure, presently the only casino ship in the state of Texas, will operate twice daily cruises, each five to six hours in duration, seven days per week from Harbour Island, with its inaugural cruise and soft opening set for Friday evening, September 15 as previously announced. "Despite numerous and unexpected delays, we've moved at an extremely fast pace to ensure this project opened on schedule," Viva Gaming President and Chief Executive Officer, Marty Gross said.

U.S. DOJ: Pollution Settlement Nets $1 Million

$1 Million Settlement Enhances Land and Sea in the Eastern District of Texas. BEAUMONT, Texas — U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced a settlement reached with a European shipping corporation has resulted in significant enhancements to nature conservation groups in the Eastern District of Texas. The $1 million settlement was announced at a press conference on the banks of Village Creek in Hardin County, Texas today. CIMPSHIP Transportes Maritimos, S.A., a Portuguese corporation headquartered in Funchal, Portugal, was initially indicted in 2010 and charged with conspiring to violate environmental laws causing willful pollution of waterways within the Eastern District of Texas.

BOEMRE Awards $1.1M to Texas

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has awarded two Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) grants totaling $1,162,302 to the Texas General Land Office and to Brazoria County, Texas, respectively. The grants will fund a project to develop a Coastal Impacts Technology Program (CITP) for conservation research, and will assist in the management of the CIAP Program in Brazoria County. Created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, CIAP provides funding to the six Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas producing states to conserve and protect the coastal environment. CIAP is an ongoing program with grant funding that is allocated based on the offshore energy revenues collected by the United States.

Video: Retired Ship Sunk to Form Artificial Reef

Photo: Matrix New World Engineering

Sinking a 6,000-ton, 371-foot former cargo vessel to help create an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico is a herculean feat, one only accomplished with strict adherence to rigorous federal and state environmental regulations. When the cargo ship Kraken was recently sunk 67 miles off the Galveston coast, Matrix New World Engineering helped the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Artificial Reef Program ensure that the vessel was free of environmental hazards and safe to support coral, fish, sea turtles and other aquatic life.

Texas Boats Combat Drug Cartels on the Rio Grande

Texas Marine Unit Uses Yellowfin-built Shallow Water Vessels for Border Patrol missions. Menaced by Mexican drug cartels, the Texas Department of Public Safety operates a fleet of six shallow-water vessels it commissioned in late 2011 and 2012 to patrol its borders. The agency purchased the boats from Bradenton, Florida-based manufacturer Yellowfin Yachts as threats along the Rio Grande escalated. Yellowfin custom builds its 34-foot fishing boats for military and police purposes…

Houston Ship Channel Dredge Contract Awarded to RLB

A dredging operation: File photo CCL

Amongst the latest listing of US Department of Defense contracts, RLB Contracting of Port Lavaca, Texas, has been awarded a USD$8,286,850 firm-fixed-price contract for deep draft maintenance dredging of the Houston Ship Channel from Carpenters to Greens. Work will be performed in Houston, Texas, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston, Texas, is the contracting activity. Estimated completion date is Oct. 20, 2014.

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