Issue 12 and Volume 153.

BY LARRY TROJAK Click here to enlarge image In the past decade alone, the Port of Corpus Christi, on the Gulf Coast of Texas, has grown steadily as a major import/export center. In that time, tonnage through the port has risen from 69 million tons/year to a peak of nearly 90 million tons/year in 1998. Nearly 90 percent of the cargo passing through the port is liquid in nature. By extension, 90 percent of the vessels coming into and leaving the port are tankers or barges hauling a host of potentially flammable liquids, including crude oil, fuel oil, gasoline, naphtha, and diesel fuel. To ensure the safety of those vessels and their personnel and the harbor area, the Port recently put into service the Port of Corpus Christi, a barge-like vessel with equipment designed to maximize the Port Authority’s firefighting response function. The $3 million vessel was christened on January…

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