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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


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


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 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)


ACL Announces New Demurrage Terms

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) announced new demurrage terms for its portfolio of dry products. Beginning April 1, 2011, the company will standardize demurrage charges for non-grain bulk and non-bulk dry product shipments. Shippers of these product lines will receive five free days (Sundays and holidays excluded) for loading or unloading, after which they will be charged $300 demurrage per day for the next ten days and $400 per day for the following twenty days


Konecranes Replaces 24 Hoists for Cenex Harvest State

Konecranes service technicians prepare the new CXT hoists prior to installation. (Photo: Konecranes)

Konecranes South Louisiana operations group completed a simultaneous replacement of 24 hoists in a tightly scheduled two-week service outage at the CHS Myrtle Grove Terminal outside New Orleans.   Its South Louisiana operations group recently replaced 24 8-ton hoists mounted on two overhead


CITB Employees Vote Down Union Petition

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Representative employees of marine transportation company of Cook Inlet Tug & Barge Inc. (CITB) on Monday voted to reject a petition that would see a union organize to represent the company’s marine employees, CITB announced today.  


HYPACK Barge Management System

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HYPACK offers a solution to track multiple vessels and share the information across vessels. It also allows any remote viewer with a web browser to observe the survey or construction operations on their PC, tablet or cell phone. Secondary vessels (tugs) are equipped with a Wi-Fi broadcaster which


ABS Grants AIP for Jensen’s LNG ATB Design

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A Jensen Maritime-designed, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering articulated tug-barge (ATB) has been granted approval in principle (AIP) by classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The designation establishes that Jensen’s vessel concept


Damen Stan Pontoon 9127 for Ocean Koper

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Ocean Koperd.o.o, a member of the Ocean Team headquartered in Trieste, Italy, will strengthen its fleet with the addition of a Damen Stan Pontoon 9127. The contract, signed on June 24, is for the largest pontoon in the region, and certainly in the Adriatic Sea, the builder noted.


Gasoil Availability Expands on Gulf Coast

MGO and ECA products are available in volume throughout the Gulf Coast.   Atlantic Gulf Bunkering LLC, a division of Bunkers International LLC, announced today that the company has expanded availability of both MGO and ECA product that meets the 2015 ECA specification of 0


Marine News Editor's Note, July 2015

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This edition of MarineNews headlines the increasingly diverse articulated tug-barge (AT/B) units which are beginning to make up a large percentage of the domestic merchant fleet. Conventional, less expensive towed barges are much slower than the traditional ships they replaced


Bouchard Transportation Christens New ATB Unit

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Oceangoing petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the christening of two new vessels, M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, on Tuesday July 14, 2015 in New Orleans.   The ceremony was honored by the Monsignor James Vlaun who blessed the vessels, and Marie Romais


Salvors Remove Debris Left by Environmental Protesters

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Dive and salvage teams worked to remove debris used as anchor blocks by environmental activists protesting Shell’s Arctic drilling aboard a barge in Seattle’s Alki Seacrest Park on May 19.   A dive team from Global Diving & Salvage, Inc


Barge Collision Spill Impacts Houston Ship Channel

A section of a key Gulf Coast waterway was shut after two barges collided Monday, setting one afire and possibly spilling a gasoline additive near the entrance to the Houston Ship Channel, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)


Shearer Group Designs Bunker Barge

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The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) informs it has recently completed the design of a 130’ x 35’ x 10’ double skin bunker barge for an unspecified Gulf Coast marine fuel supplier.   The new barge design features below deck piping for cleaner and safer deck operations


Ledcor Adds Six New Cargo Barges

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The Ledcor Group of Companies announced that it has taken delivery of six new cargo barges to serve clients in southwest B.C. Ledcor said its marine division has grown significantly since its inception in 2012 and is on target to double its fleet size by 2016


Intracoastal Waterway Reopened After Barge Collision

The Coast Guard assisted in response to a collision and fire early Monday morning in the Intracoastal Waterway near Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, July 20, 2015. (USCG photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard has fully reopened the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) near Bolivar Peninsula, Texas Monday at 9:15 p.m. Monday, after closing it for a barge collision earlier in the day. At approximately 1:20 a.m. Monday, a collision occurred at ICW mile marker 349 involving two


Redwood City Reports Strong Cargo Volumes

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Port of Redwood City reports fiscal year cargo movement fourth highest in modern history   After three years of annual double digit growth in Port of Redwood City tonnage from 2012-2014, the fiscal year 2015 Port tonnage declined slightly by 3.8 percent.  


Dredging Company Sentenced for Worker’s Death

Dredging NZ has been fined $79,500 and ordered to pay $42,000 in reparation after the death of a worker, crushed on a dredging barge in West Park Marina, Auckland, on November 19, 2013, Maritime New Zealand reported.   Peter Bateman died after being crushed between an excavator and the wall






 
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