Eagle Ford Shale continues to positively impact Port Corpus Christi and the U.S. economy. Yesterday, Wednesday, September 26, 2012, the M/V Pennsylvania, a newly built U.S. Flag vessel destined to move products related to Eagle Ford Shale in the region, made its first port of call to Port Corpus Christi. The tanker docked at Oil Dock 1.
The M/V Pennsylvania is one of two tankers purchased by Crowley Maritime Corporation’s petroleum and chemical transportation group as part of the Jones Act, from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA (Oslo: AKPS). The Pennsylvania was delivered early this month marking Crowley’s re-entry into the Jones Act tanker market after its last tanker was retired in 2011. The tankers, capable of carrying nearly 330,000 barrels of a wide variety of petroleum products and chemicals, are destined to operate in U.S. coastal trade.
“Eagle Ford Shale has made a great impact on the port’s operations. We are glad to see more U.S. Flag vessels sailing around our coasts and we are honored to welcome the M/V Pennsylvania to the port.” Said Mike Carrell, Chairman Port of Corpus Christi.
The U.S.-flagged vessel is the 13th in the Veteran Class built at Aker. This proven design provides Crowley customers with ABS-classed vessels that have been thoroughly tested and refined for performance and reliability. With a length of 183.2 m, a breadth of 32.2 m, and a depth of 18.8 m, the tankers come in at 45,800 deadweight tons with a draft of 12.2 m. Powered by the first Tier II large-bore engines, MAN-B&W 6S50MCs, the speed of the Pennsylvania and the Florida is expected to average 14.5+ knots. In addition to being double hulled with segregated ballast systems, safety features also include water and CO2 firefighting systems, as well as a foam water spray system.
Crowley has a long history of transporting petroleum products and chemicals by tanker and articulated tug barge (ATB). Until 2011, Crowley owned and operated Jones Act product tankers that safely carried petroleum products and chemicals. Crowley has also proven itself an innovator and leader in the industry through the development of an unrivaled ATB fleet, which includes some of the newest and most sophisticated ATBs in the market. As of 2013, Crowley will own and operate 17 ATBs, which include 155,000-barrel, 185,000-barrel and 330,000-barrel capacity tank vessels. Crowley has safely and reliably operated all of these Jones Act tankers and ATBs on the U.S. Gulf, East, and West coasts under voyage and time charters with leading companies in the petroleum and chemical industries.
Port Corpus Christi along with TREIA, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, are bringing Renewable Energy Industry leaders to Corpus Christi for the Texas Renewables 2011 Conference. The event will be held at the American Bank Center from November 6th – 9th.
Mike Carrell, President, Frost National Bank, Chairman Port Commission, Port Corpus Christi, joins the opening session to welcome more than 50 Texas business and government leaders speaking at Texas Renewables 2011, Texas’ premier business-to-business conference and trade show for anyone in or wanting to be in the Texas renewable energy industry. Carrell’s introduction during the opening session is titled Texas’ New Energy Frontier – South Texas & Coastal Bend. Corpus Christi is a prime location in the Coastal Bend area that is fast being recognized as the latest hot spot for renewable energy development. This region is one of the few places in the country where the wind is strong in the daytime and companies can move electricity onto the transmission system and get it to market. “We are honored to support this year’s TREIA Conference and we look forward to welcome the leaders of renewable energy to the Coastal Bend,” said Mike Carrell.
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA, is the oldest renewable energy non-profit trade organization in Texas whose work promoting development of renewable resources and their wise use has spanned a quarter of a century.
“South Texas, which I view as Texas’ next renewable energy frontier, holds great promise for development,” said TREIA Executive Director Russel Smith. “In fact, when it comes to potential, it may be the one area of the state that truly has it all – solar, onshore and offshore wind, biomass, geothermal/geo-pressure, and maybe even offshore hydrokinetic” Smith continued, “While Texas Renewables 2011 addresses renewable energy development and policy throughout the state, the spotlight will be on the coastal region where we expect to help increase business activity and generate jobs.”
About Port Corpus Christi
As the primary economic engine of the Coastal Bend, Port Corpus Christi is 5th largest port in the United States in total tonnage. The Port’s mission statement is to “serve as a regional economic development catalyst while protecting and enhancing its existing industrial base and simultaneously working to diversify its international maritime cargo business.” Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico, with a straight, 45’ deep channel, the Port provides quick access to the Gulf and the entire United States inland waterway system. The Port delivers outstanding access to overland transportation with on-site and direct connections to three Class-1 railroads and uncongested interstate and state highways. The Port is protected by a state-of-the-art security department and an award-winning Environmental Management System. With outstanding management and operations staff, Port Corpus Christi is clearly “More Than You Can Sea.”
- History of Corpus Christi, Texas (mb50.wordpress.com)