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Blank Rome Maritime Represents Valkor Energy Services in Successful Tow of Historic Battleship Texas

A Blank Rome maritime team represented Valkor Energy Services in the successful 40-mile tow of the Battleship Texas, which served in World War I and nearly every major battle of World War II, including D-Day, the North African Campaign, and Iwo Jima, from its previous home at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in La Porte, TX, to drydock in Galveston, TX, on August 31, 2022.

Launched in 1912, the Battleship Texas is the last of the dreadnaught battleships and only surviving ship that served in both WWI and WWII. This latest voyage took the Battleship Texas through the Houston Ship Channel, across Galveston Bay, and through the Galveston Ship Channel, before arriving safely in drydock at the Gulf Copper Shipyard in Galveston for extensive repairs. The Blank Rome maritime team drafted and negotiated the terms for the towage, drydock, and repairs, as well as arranged marine insurance for all the operations. 

More information about the Battleship Texas can be found at and Valkor Energy Services at

The Blank Rome maritime team was led by Douglas Shoemaker and included Keith Letourneau, Mike Bell, Jim Arnold, and Noe Hamra.