VMA Honors Vulcan Materials Tugboat Crew
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Posted by: Ashley McLeod
The Virginia Maritime Association (VMA) was proud to honor tugboat crew members from the CAPTAIN RON L and CAPTAIN HANK of Vulcan Materials on July 31, 2018 with a Resolution of Appreciation.
The crew members were celebrated because of their swift actions on March 2 to secure drifting vessels during adverse weather and hazardous navigating conditions on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River. The actions of these mariners prevented serious damage to property and potential environmental losses, as well as disruption of rail service for goods traded through the Port of Hampton Roads. Captain Mason Keeter (Van Line Bunkering), Chairman of the Virginia Maritime Association’s Towing & Barge Operators Committee presented each crew member with a plaque of the resolution.
On March 2nd as the Port of Hampton Roads experienced severe wind from storms moving northeast along the Mid-Atlantic coast, several large barges and other decommissioned vessels were adrift on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk between Campostella Bride and Norfolk & Southern #5 Railroad Bridge. The crews of CAPTAIN RON L and CAPTAIN HANK sprang into action and safely moored the vessels preventing it them for alliding with the railroad bridged or the tank barges moored at C&M Industries.
The Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads, Captain R.J. Wester stated in a letter to Vulcan Materials, “The actions your [Vulcan Materials] personnel took denotes the professionalism of your company and serves as another example of the synergy necessary between all Port Partners to ensure for the safety, security, and economic vitality of the Port of Hampton Roads.” William Gillbert of the USCG Sector Hampton Roads presented Captain Edmonson and Captain Butler with the letter from Captain Wester.
The Virginia Maritime Association applauds these mariners: Captain Ron Edmonson and Captain Wesley Butler and their crews Daniel Frame, Donald Churchill, Douglas Boarman and Chris Ragani, for their fast thinking, selflessness and professionalism.