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Barge Traffic Tied In Knots On Mississippi

U.S. Midwestern grain shippers were getting ready to move barges into the upper Mississippi River on Tuesday but estimated it could be two to three weeks before trapped barges along the river make it to the Gulf. Weekend rains that dropped 3 to 6 inches of rain over a six-county area in northern Missouri and southern Iowa, coupled with swollen river conditions in the upper Mississippi, resulted in two more Mississippi lock closures this week. Lock 24 at Clarksville, Missouri, and lock 25 at Winfield, Missouri, were shut down to traffic on Monday. Both locks are north of the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. These new closures, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extending the reopening of lock 20 at Canton, Missouri, until May 22 were seen pushing back the arrival of Midwest grain barges at the U.S. Gulf. Shippers expected it would be early June before barges trapped in the upper Mississippi would be at the Gulf. About 200 barges have been stalled along the upper-Mississippi since April, when the U.S. Coast Guard shut down a 486-mile stretch of the river due to high water levels. But the actual arrival of grain barges would depend on locks 24 and 25 also opening by May 22, industry sources said. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Army Corps had not scheduled a reopening date for the Clarksville or Winfield locks. River forecasts called for the Mississippi to crest at Clarksville and Winfield later this week -- 7 to 8 feet above flood stage.


ACL Selected to Serve on the IWUB

Mark Knoy, ACL President and CEO (Photo: ACL)

American Commercial Lines (ACL) has been selected to serve as a representative on the Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), an advisory board established to monitor the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (Fund) and make recommendations to the Army Corps of Engineers and to Congress on investment priorities using resources from the Fund. Comprised of representatives of the barge transportation industry and the customers it serves


SS&Y Pacific Capesize Index Rises 179 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 179 points to 4,378 in the week ending Oct. 18. "After last week's record rise (912 points), the Pacific Capesize index has continued on a more moderate upward path this week," an SS&Y spokesperson said. "Current Pacific trade and activity looks steady with the volume of Japanese and Chinese cargoes remaining strong, but Atlantic direction cargoes are not holding as high a premium as trans-Pacific


New York Security Zone Altered

The U.S. Coast Guard has amended, at least through January 8, 2006, its security zone around Designated Vessels within the Captain of the Port (COTP) New York Zone. The definition of Designated Vessel has been amended to include passenger vessels and ferries certificated to carry 150 or more passengers. Other vessels may not approach within 100 yards of a Designated Vessel without permission of the COTP. 70 Fed. Reg. 42493 (HK Law).


MSA Release Report on 2001 Fatal Collision

The Maritime Safety Authority released a report on the fatal collision in November 2001 involving the yacht Toolka T and the tug Wainui, which was towing a barge. Toolka T crossed between the tug and the barge and became fouled in the submerged tow line. The yacht collided with the barge and sank as the barge ran over it. The skipper of the yacht was killed. "The MSA's accident investigation details poor watchkeeping practices on both the tug and the yacht and reveals an alarming lack of


Horizon Line Vessel Rescues Sailboat Crew

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Horizon Lines Vessel Stages Predawn Rescue of Sailboat Passengers Adrift in Pacific Storm.   Horizon Lines, Inc. the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics company, today announced that one of its vessels enroute to Hawaii from the U.S. West Coast rescued three sailboat passengers, including a nine-year-old boy, adrift in stormy seas in the predawn hours of February 8, 2012.  


ACL Makes Appointments

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) appointed W.N. Whitlock as its executive vice president, Governmental Affairs and Jerry R. Linzey as senior vice president and COO for ACL. Whitlock is expected to utilize his knowledge of the industry, locks, dams and waterways to address regulatory issues and shape the infrastructure of the industry. He was named senior vice president, COO of ACL in January 2005. He has served as COO since April 2004 and served as president from April 2004 through


ACL Closes the Sale of its Venezuelan Operations

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) announced that it has closed the previously announced sale of its interest in ACBL Venezuela, LTD and GMS Venezuela, C.A. . The sale results in the divestiture of the Company’s barge, towboat and related assets that were used to provide barging services on the Orinoco River in Venezuela. The sales proceeds are approximately thirty-two million United States dollars (US $32,000,000), subject to post-closing adjustments


ACL Secures $15m Tank BargeContract

American Commercial Lines Inc. has secured a more than $15m contract with Andrie Inc. to build an ABS classed 50,000 barrel, double-skinned tank barge. Construction will start in 2007 for scheduled delivery in 2009. The contract also includes an option for a comparable barge which can be exercised by March 1, 2009, with delivery to occur within 18 months.


CG Photo: Barge Grounding at Sandbridge

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A Nov. 16 photo of the Crowley barge La Princesa grounded on the Sandbridge beach in Virginia Beach, Va. while responders work to get lines in place for towing efforts. The barge has now been refloated. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Jones)


Delaney Joins Portwide as President

Thomas Delaney (Photo: Portwide Cargo Securing Co. Inc.)

Thomas J. Delaney has been named President of Portwide Cargo Securing Co. Inc., which supplies lashing services throughout the Port of New York/New Jersey. The announcement was made by Christopher Guido, owner of Portwide. Most recently, Delaney served as Senior Director


Focus: Heavy Duty Lifting

Launched in 2012, the Rolls-Royce dual draglink crane has already been delivered to Farstad Shipping’s vessel Far Solitaire, one PSV under construction at Keppel Singmarine Brazil SA, as well as to four PSVs still under construction at Detroit Brasil shipyard, in Itajaì. Image: Rolls-Royce

Safely, efficiently lifting and handling increasingly heavy loads takes a hefty dose of the latest heavy lift products and systems. Rolls-Royce is a ubiquitous and growing force in all matters maritime, inching toward the one-stop-shop premise


Antwerp Port Showcases Barge Transport Initiatives

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  Each week more than 915 barges call at the port of Antwerp carrying project cargo, containers and dry and liquid bulk to and from northern France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Keeping this barge traffic flowing smoothly requires efficient collaboration between all


Port of Amsterdam to Reward Green Barges

The cleaner the vessels, the larger the discount on Inland Harbour Dues. Port of Amsterdam will be joining the Green Award program for inland barges on January 1, 2015, making it the first port to reward vessels based on their Green Award level


JK Fabrication Wins Emergency Tow Reel Order

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JK Fabrication (Nordic Machine) wins emergency tow reel order from Olympic Tug and Barge Olympic Tug and Barge, a Harley Marine Services Company, has selected four JK Fabrication emergency tow storage reels for new barges being built at Zidell Shipyard in Portland (the first two) and Vigor


Lynden to Provide Barge Service for Tulsequah Mine Project

Lynden Logistics, LLC signed a letter of intent with Chieftain Metals Corp. to provide barge services in support of the construction and production of the Tulsequah Mine in British Columbia. The services will include the barging of materials and supplies up the Taku River to the mine site and


Sea Star Line: Equipment Replacement Plan on Track

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Company Receives New Refrigerated Containers and Places Order for New Genset Equipment   Sea Star Line, LLC began receiving the first of its new 100 40’ and 45’ refrigerated containers ordered as part of its equipment replacement plan announced in August 2014


Getting Real on LNG Fuel

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Plentiful supply, low prices and strict regulations on air pollution are fuelling a swift move towards using LNG as fuel for ship propulsion in the USA and Canada. In Europe strict regulation in port is pushing passenger ship owners to use LNG fuel while berthed.


Jetty Construction near Lorong Halus Jetty, Singapore

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From 28 November 2014 to 28 May 2015, work will be carried out for the construction of a jetty near Lorong Halus Jetty. According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.141 of 2014 dated 25 November 2014, the work will be conducted 24 hours daily – including


ESSA's Fleet Upgradation Environmental Driven

The shallow-draft 15,000 dwt ABS-classed vessel will incorporate unique design features

  State-controlled Exportadora de Sal SA de CV of Mexico ("ESSA"), one of the world’s largest salt exporters with a 10-million-ton annual production, has strengthened its commitment to the continued protection of its operating environment with the signing of a recent contract


New Players in Singapore Markets in OW's Absence

The downfall of a leading marine fuel supplier that prompted sellers to tighten credit terms in Singapore is skewing the post-OW Bunker jostle for market share towards cash-rich trading companies and barge operators, traders said. Marine fuel premiums over cargo prices in Singapore


London P&I Club Addresses "Cappuccino Effect"

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The London P&I Club has advised its members on precautions to adopt to detect the presence of cappuccino bunkers. In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the club explains that the cappuccino effect is essentially the frothing or bubbling effect caused by compressed air blown through


Fugitive Emissions: The New Regulatory Elephant in the Room

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W&O Supply and Chesterton team up to reduce harmful emissions out in front to the EPA’s monitoring program. It’s less expensive than you might think. From the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency comes the September 2014 news of a barge operator fined for releasing dangerous


TPG Marine Acquires Chicago Dry Dock

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Indiana-based TPG Mt. Vernon Marine, LLC purchased Chicago Dry Dock, a Chicago area shipyard founded in 1979. Chicago Dry Dock operates on the Calumet River and offers unencumbered access to both the Great Lakes (via Lake Michigan) and the Inland River System (via the Calumet/Des


Container for LNG Hybrid Barge Reaches Hamburg

The first container with LNG in Hamburg. Aksel Skjervheim, Shell Gasnor; Dirk Lehmann, Becker Marine Systems; and Max Kommorowski, Becker Marine Systems (Photo: Becker Marine Systems)

In the coming year, the HUMMEL (bumblebee) LNG Hybrid Barge will enable Becker Marine Systems to supply low-emission power to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg. The first container with liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel has now arrived in the Hanseatic City.  






 
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