Superior Energy Services, a Houston, Texas-based oilfield services firm, will use the Bellingham Shipping Terminal as a home port for its Arctic Challenger barge, which houses an oil-well containment system that will be put into service in the Arctic Ocean this summer.
The Port of Bellingham commission approved a five-year berthing agreement with the company, which will expire on June 30, 2017.
The Arctic Challenger will now be able to return to the Bellingham Shipping Terminal during the oil production off-season.
“We’ve done our best to be a good citizen and investment in the neighborhood,” said Scott Powell, a Superior Energy vice president. “This is our land bridge between here and Alaska. It’s a good investment for us.”
Superior’s Marine Division is partnering with Greenberry Industrial, a Corvallis, Ore.-based company with fabrication facilities in Ferndale, to provide oil-field services in Alaska.
Since November of last year, the two companies have used their leased property at the terminal to construct the containment system.