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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


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


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.  


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


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)


Royal Caribbean to Sell Splendour of the Seas

Photo courtesy of RCL

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016. The ship will then be leased to Thomson Cruises, which will operate the vessel.


Floater Orders 2014

Jim Mccaul

25 Units Orders in 2014:  10 FPSOs, 1 Barge, 4 FLNGs, 7 FSRUs & 3 FSOs The overall number of orders is similar to the average ordering pace over the past 10 years, during which an average of roughly 25 production and storage floaters were ordered annually.  


Crowley Ships Massive Electrical Equipment

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group recently transported two massive electrical equipment enclosures with a combined weight of 196,000 pounds to San Juan, Puerto Rico.   Crowley said the feat required shifting the company’s 580-foot triple-deck barge La Princesa


Genting Acquires Crystal Cruises

 CRYSTAL SERENITY at sea, courtesy of Crystal Cruises

 Crystal Cruises has been sold for $550 million to the owner of Asia's largest cruise line and a major shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Line.    Crystal's parent company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha has sold the line to Genting Hong Kong, which owns Star Cruises


Maersk Line Returns to Boston

Photo courtesy of Maersk

Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping line, resumed operations at the Port of Boston’s Conley Container Terminal with the arrival of the Sealand Illinois on Thursday, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced.          


Gazprom holds First Investor Day in Asia

Investor Day in Hong Kong courtesy Gazprom

Gazprom held the 10th annual Investor Day for the first time in the Asia-Pacific Region – in Hong Kong (February 3) and Singapore (February 5). Taking part in the events were Andrey Kruglov and Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairmen of the Gazprom Management Committee; Dmitry Lyugai and


Iran Fuel Oil Revenue Up 30 pct

Iran has earned $1.35 billion for selling more than 3 million tonnes of fuel oil in the 10 months to Jan. 21, up 30 percent in revenue from the same period of last year, oil ministry news website Shana cited an official as saying. The OPEC member also earned $963 million in gasoil revenue


NASA Recognizes Conrad for Barge Conversion

Conrad Industries, Inc. has received the NASA Space Flight Awareness Supplier Award based on its performance with the conversion of the NASA Pegasus barge.   The annual award honors outstanding performance by hardware, software or service suppliers who support NASA human space flight


New Riverboat to Homeport in New Orleans

Rendering of the American Eagle (Courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

American Eagle is Second Riverboat for American Cruise Lines in New Orleans   Guilford, CT-based American Cruise Lines will introduce its second riverboat to be home-ported in New Orleans. The two new riverboats are the first new ships built specially for the Mississippi River in 20 years


WesPac to Build N. America’s First LNG Bunker Barge

Image: WesPac Midstream

WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac), a provider of energy infrastructure and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions, and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the global facilitator of tailored solutions for Emission Control Area (ECA) compliance


GTT Receives Order for LNG Bunker Barge

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Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced that its U.S. subsidiary GTT North America (GTTNA) has received an order for one LNG bunker barge.  


Maersk Posts Record Profit Despite Pressure in Shipping Rates

Courtesy: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line has reported a profit of $2.3bn for 2014 a 50% increase over the previous year, and expects a higher result in 2015, though the shipping rates remain under pressure.   But 2015 is expected to yield less impressive results due to falling oil prices


Conrad Shipyard Bags LNG Order

Image: Conrad Shipyard

 Energy infrastructure and LNG solutions provider WesPac Midstream and its subsidiary Clean Marine Energy (CME) have awarded a contract to Conrad Orange Shipyard for the construction of a dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America.  


USCG Makes Change in Fort Pierce Inlet Safety Zone

Courtesy Coast Guard News

  The Coast Guard has made a change in the Fort Pierce Inlet safety zone Thursday afternoon. Recreational vessels with less than six-foot draft are now allowed to transit through the Fort Pierce Inlet safety zone upon receiving clearance from the on-scene representative.


Ocean Cycles Pause Global Warming

AMO spatial pattern (by The Pennsylvania State University)

 The natural oscillations in the climate, which resulted in cooler Pacific Ocean waters, were partially behind the controversial global warming "pause", say researchers.   However, this in no way suggests that the planet is now cooling






 
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