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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


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.  


Maersk Mulls Quick Acquisitions

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 Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s container altered its strategy this month by planning to expand its fleet through acquisition, breaking from its previous preference of building its own boats, reports Forbes.   Though, container line, which this month ditched a strategy of building new vessels and will instead try to grow through acquisitions, is targeting South Korea’s two biggest shipping firms, Bloomber quoted as Jefferies International Ltd, saying.


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


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


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.


Marcon Sells Ocean-going Tank Barge

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Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington started out the New Year right with the sale of the ocean-going, combo deck / tank barge “PCC Provider” on 3rd January to Alaskan buyers.   The 5,451 mtdw, 250’ x 74’ x 19’ depth barge was specifically


Cortland Australia Bags Singapore Contract

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Engineered rope specialist Cortland Australia said it has secured a contract to supply Singapore’s ASL Shipyards with high performance Plasma 12x12 towlines for BHP Billiton Towage Services’s new fleet of six RAstar85 ASD escort tugs.  


MTNW Rebrands as Rugged Controls

Rugged Controls, LLC announced its launch, evolving from Measurement Technology NW Line Control Instruments (LCI) group, who since 2001 has provided line control, tension monitoring, and winch monitoring equipment.   Rugged Controls said it will continue to manufacture MTNW’s previous


COSCO Container Lines Renamed COSCO Shipping Lines

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COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd. has changed its company name to  COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd. (“Our Company”).   Our Company changed its official company name from COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd. to COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd. on November 18, 2016.  


Innovative Boats: Marine News' Best of 2016

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Marine News looks back at the past 12 months and showcases the best of North America’s workboat design shop and shipyard output.   In a year where some stakeholders might not rank 2016 as the best of years in the shipyard or on the waterfront, we might disagree


Great Ships of 2016: Carnival Vista

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Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Carnival Vista - New, Largest Flagship of Carnival Cruise Lines


Wan Hai Join TBS Service with “K” Line

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 Taiwan's Wan Hai Lines Ltd will expand further on its already extensive south-east Asia network by joining Thailand-Belawan Service (also known as TBS) on 7th of January 2017, to provide a direct service from Thailand to Belawan.  


K Line Sues APL Logistics

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K’’ Line) has today filed a civil lawsuit in Tokyo District Court against APL Logistics Ltd. (“APLL”), a Singapore entity which is engaged in international transportation business, seeking compensation for damages arising from APLL


H&S Container Line Starts New Rail Shuttle

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Since December 14 2016, multimodal rail operator H&S Container Line is offering a direct rail connection between the port of Antwerp and Andernach (Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate).    Andernach’s trimodal terminal is already connected to Antwerp with a frequent barge service


Conquest Offshore Partakes in Troll Solution Wreck Removal

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Conquest Offshore’s MB-1 heavy lift barge was the key asset in the largest wreck removal recorded in 2016.  Conquest MB-1 removed the Troll Solution jack-up rig from the seabed 30 meters deep of the Bay of Campeche, Mexico. 


Maersk Line Scraps 8 Panamaxes

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Ship recyclers in India and China will recycle eight vessels owned by Maersk Line. The ship recyclers have agreed in full to the A.P. Moller - Maersk Responsible Ship Recycling Standard.    The deal gives Maersk Line greater fleet flexibility and vessels will be transferred to the


NextDecade in FSRU Deal with Flex LNG

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NextDecade Global Solutions, a subsidiary of NextDecade, LLC, and FLEX LNG have signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) to create a full value chain solution for customers looking to purchase LNG from NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG export project in Brownsville, TX.   


Neptune Lines Sees Savings from Hempaguard

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 Neptune Lines reduces fuel consumption and emissions with Hempaguard. Finished vehicle transportation company Neptune Lines has a reputation for fast and on-time deliveries.    Keeping to schedule means the company’s fleet of Pure Car & Truck Carriers (PCTCs) must


New Orleans Receives $1.75 Mln for Port Upgrade

Paul Chip Jaenichen visits with Gary LaGrange at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to officially award a MARAD grant of $1.75 million for Container on Barge service. The visit and award ceremony was held at the SEACOR AMH office Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at the Ports Inland Rivers Marine Terminal in Port Allen, La. Port of New Orleans (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen visited the Port of Greater Baton Rouge’s container-on-barge operation Tuesday while delivering his personal congratulations on the recent awarding of a $1


R.W. Fernstrum: Keeping Things Cool for 67 Years

Sean Fernstrum (Photo: R.W. Fernstrum & Company)

Founded by Robert W. Fernstrum 67 years ago, R.W. Fernstrum & Company is currently run by its third generation of Fernstrum. This long-tenured maritime staple has seen its fair share of maritime cycles, and in today’s challenging market it is not standing still






 
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