Robert Baker

Robert K. Baker
Marine Superintendent, ExxonMobil

E-mail: bakerr@tamug.edu

Education
B.S., Texas A&M University, Marine Transportation, 1977
M.B.A. University of Houston, Finance, 1983
Areas of Specialization
  • Commercial management of marine transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tankers, oil tankers, containerships and bulk ships
  • Negotiation of LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements and their implementation into operating LNG projects
  • Arctic LNG Shipping fleet planning and icebreaker requirements
  • Marine transportation economics and operations for LNG tankers, oil tankers, containerships, and bulk vessels
  • Commercial ship chartering, vessel purchase and sales
  • Port operations, development, infrastructure and dredging
  • Inland waterways economics, commercial and operations for tank and dry cargo barges
  • Management of business development, strategic and financial planning, financial analysis
Background

Mr. Baker is the Marine Superintendent of the ExxonMobil Baytown Refinery.  Previously he was with ExxonMobil Development Company where he worked with several of ExxonMobil's global LNG projects including an assignment with Esso Australia Pty. Ltd., in Melbourne, Australia, as the Commercial Shipping Manager for the PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea and the Port Development Advisor for the new PNG LNG exporting terminal.  Earlier positions include Financial and Operations Analyst for ExxonMobil's ocean and inland fleet, Strategic Planning Manager with Maersk SeaLand, commercial and tanker operations positions with Conoco Inc. and vessel coordinator with Kirby Inland Marine.  Mr. Baker has an Unlimited Chief Mates and Master of 1,600 tons license, STCW 95.  He has also served as a senior lecturer in the Department of Marine Transportation at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Mr. Baker is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy.  His Navy Reserve duties have included Military Sealift Command as Lead of Special Mission Ships, Officer in Charge in the activation of the hospital ship, USNS MERCY, Naval Control of Shipping, Convoy Operations, the Maritime Administration, Promotion Selection Boards and the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.

Service

Greater Houston Port Bureau, Executive Board Member
Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee, Executive Board Member
Houston/Galveston Port Coordination Team, Refiners Representative
U.S. Navy, Captain (Retired)

Publications

Structural Maintenance for New and Existing Ships: Overview, Fatigue Cracking and Repairs.  R.G. Bea, R. Pollard, R. Schulte-Strathaus and R. Baker, University of California, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 1991.

Teaching Specialties/Courses Taught

U.S. Inland Waterways, Brokerage and Chartering, Naval Architecture, Shiphandling, Maritime Law and various Navigation Courses.