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Buffalo Marine Service fully implemented its Transportation Workers Identification Credential

“Buffalo Marine Service fully implemented its Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)  screening plan throughout its facility as the TWIC regulations came into effect at midnight on April 14, 2009.

President and CEO, Patrick Studdert commented that Buffalo Marine has aggressively ensured every employee possesses a TWIC and any and all vendors that enter the company’s  facility should have a TWIC if they want to avoid delays.

“The TWIC regulations are here to stay. Our mariners and shore side staff enrolled in the TWIC program as far back as November 2007. We are committed to complying with the marine transportation security regulations so that our waterfront is safer and our personnel understand the importance of port security.”

Effective April 15, 2009 all U.S. Coast Guard licensed mariners are required to possess a TWIC in order to operate under the authority of their license. TWICs are valid for five years and issued by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). Anyone desiring access to a Coast Guard regulated facility must possess a TWIC or be escorted by a TWIC-holder that have received escort training.”

 
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.

 
Mayor of Houston proclaims "Buffalo Marine Service, Inc. Day"

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When the Rickmers Seoul, a Superflex deep-sea container ship broke away from its moorings at Hurricane Ike’s height at 4:30 in the morning of September 13, 2008, three Buffalo Marine Service push boats immediately responded, in the face of Ike’s 90-100 mile-an-hour winds.  They were suddenly confronted with a large ship in a restricted ship channel out of control.  They kept their heads and acted quickly to stabilize the situation. The push boat captains were: San Carmen (Captains Pat Beshea and Jimmy Lopez), San Rafael (Captains Michael Ellis and Les Cain), and San Patricio (Captain Al Schmidt).  The captains were assisted by their able crews; Joseph Lloyd, Ed Lott, and Victor Alvarez on the San Patricio; Joe Kissinger, Brandon Jones and Alex Stovall on the San Rafael; Kevin Flowers, Mario Villaneuava, and Greg Colvin on the San Carmen. Ahead of the runaway container ship were two barges loaded with 50,000 barrels of flammable bunker fuel and the I-610 bridge over the 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.

The City of Houston salutes and commends Buffalo Marine Service, Inc., along with the captains and crew for their bravery and heroism during Hurricane Ike.

Therefore, I, Bill White, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim March 3, 2009, as

Buffalo Marine Service, Inc. Day

in Houston, Texas.

 

 
"Just-In-Time" Bunker Service Announced

Houston bunker company to launch new service
18th February 2009 20:54 GMT

Buffalo Marine launches its new Just-in-Time service

Houston-based bunker company Buffalo Marine told Bunkerworld this week that the company is nearing completion of its Just-in-Time bunker service.

The new service will facilitate the prompt delivery of bunkers to better accommodate the ever-changing demands of international commerce, a company spokesperson said “Buffalo has pre-positioned its modern fleet of bunker barges with a variety of bunker products.  This is made possible by the strategic alliances with our suppliers and geared towards avoiding delays due to adverse weather, terminal congestion and conflicting vessel arrivals,” said Pat Studdert, Buffalo Marine’s President.

Buffalo has been updating its barge and transport fleet to ensure it is OPA-90 compliant in advance of the mandated deadline.

Under OPA-90, no single-hull tank vessels carrying oil in bulk will be permitted to operate in the United States after January 1, 2015.

The barges are loaded with a broad cross section of up to 4,000 metric tonnes (mt) of product and equipped with meters and heaters in order to maximize the ability to deliver bunkers in a real time shipping environment, the spokesperson added.

The newest bunker barge, the Buffalo 409, is also currently slated as a backup for its team of suppliers.
"When you possess one of the largest bunker fleets in the country there are some inherent redundancies that provide delivery flexibility, however, it is paramount that you do everything in your power to not let your
partners down.

“Buffalo Marine’s commitment to continuous improvement in the bunker market demands that we work in concert with our suppliers so that the movement of commerce in the nation’s busiest port complex is not compromised by fueling delays,”  Studdert concluded.

Natalie Bruckner-Menchelli, 18th February 2009 20:54 GMT

 
Bunkerworld: Buffalo San Brendan Announced

BUNKERWORLD - 10th February 2009  (Bunkerworld News)

Bunkerworld - New towing vessel for Houston bunker company

New towing vessel for Houston bunker company.

Pushboat to serve customers on the US Gulf Coast.

Buffalo Marine continues to update its barge and transport fleet.

Houston based bunker company Buffalo Marine has told Bunkerworld it will be taking delivery of a new towing vessel.

"We will be taking delivery of the pushboat M/V San Brendan in May. This will be our 14th and final, for now, pushboat," a company spokesperson said.

The San Brendan is an 28-metre, 2,000 horsepower (hp) towing vessel that will service the needs of customers on the US Gulf Coast.

Buffalo is updating its barge and transport fleet to ensure it is OPA-90 compliant, well in advance of the mandated deadline, the spokesperson added.

Under OPA-90, no single-hull tank vessels carrying oil in bulk will be permitted to operate in the United States after January 1, 2015.

 

 
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