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USCG Closes Ohio River Again

According to reports, shortly after reopening, the Ohio River was again closed because of falling water levels from the worst Midwest drought in 17 years, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. A vessel towing 13 barges ran aground near Cairo, Illinois. The Coast Guard freed the barges but declared a safety zone and closed the river at 11:30 a.m. A test tow launched by the Coast Guard drafting 9 feet, 6 inches ran aground, reducing the possibility that vessels could go through the area on a case-by-case basis. About 20 vessels towing barges were waiting to pass through a seven-mile stretch of the Ohio River, near where it meets the Mississippi River. Mile markers 969 to 976 have become a choke point and caused barge freight rates to rise. Beginning Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend two weeks dredging four areas between Mound City and Cairo, Illinois, Army Corps officials said.

USCG Shares Safety Tips for Labor Day, Riverfest


Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the boating season and is known as one of the busiest recreational boating weekends on the Ohio River. With approximately 2,000 boaters taking to the water, the increased recreational traffic presents additional safety hazards. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Cincinnati would like boaters to know special rules are in place for Labor Day and Riverfest and would like to remind people to exercise safe boating practices.

Leaking Barge Shuts Ohio River Traffic

Commercial traffic was halted along a five mile stretch of the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky, following a barge accident, reported. A barge carrying 20,000 barrels of liquid asphalt and 14,000 gallons of diesel fuel broke away from its tow the afternoon of January 26 as it was approaching the McAlpine Locks. The barge went over the spillway and was pinned against the K&I Railroad Bridge. The Coast Guard was evaluating when it could reopen the stretch from mile marker

Port of Pittsburgh Applies for ARRA Grant

The commonwealth has applied for a $1.5 million Clean Diesel Emerging Technology grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to upgrade two marine diesel engines in the Pittsburgh area, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced. "Diesel engines play important roles in our everyday lives, but old, inefficient engines are major sources of air pollution that make it difficult for many people to breathe," Governor Rendell said

USCG Respond to Ohio River Barge Collision

Barge on the Ohio river

  The Coast Guard is responding to a barge collision on the Ohio River near Joppa, Illinois, Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders were notified a collision took place between the towing vessel Christina Belcher, pushing two crude oil barges, and a loaded sand barge in a fleeting area at mile marker 952, at around 3 a.m. There were no reported injuries. One of the oil barges, reportedly carrying an estimated 921,000 gallons of crude oil

ACL Adding 100 Hourly Positions

American Commercial Lines Inc. announced the addition of 100 hourly positions to work at its shipyard division, Jeffboat LLC, located along the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, In. Jeffboat is the second largest manufacturer of barges in the United States and is in the process of increasing its production volumes. Commenting on this development, Mr. Jerry Linzey, Senior Vice President Manufacturing, stated “We are beginning to see the early stages of a very significant barge replacement

Response Marine Delivers Fire/Rescue Boat

The latest Response FR-175 fire/rescue boat was delivered to Benwood, West Virginia Fire Department for use on the Ohio River. The FR-175 was developed over the last few years to provide maximum fire/rescue capabilities in a small, easily managed boat. Firefighting capabilities are based around the Hale 550 gpm pump, with independent 2.5-in. handline and monitor discharges. Dive rescue capabilities include a 36-in. side dive door, full length rescue rails

Indiana Port Tonnage at Five Year High

The Ports of Indiana handled 8.1 million tons of cargo in 2011, the largest annual tonnage since 2006. New ethanol and dried distillers grains (DDGs) shipments combined with gains in limestone, salt and steel cargoes fueled a 5 percent increase in total shipments moving through Indiana's three ports.     "Despite continued economic uncertainties, this was the fourth consecutive year our ports experienced growth," said Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper

WWII Landing Ship Restored as Floating Museum/Memorial

The LST-325 (Landing Ship, Tank), a World War II amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores, will once again be plying the waters, but this time, being towed as a floating memorial making a maiden educational voyage on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers this summer. The LST-325 is one of only two World War II LSTs to be preserved in the United States and is crewed solely by veterans

Twelve Good Boats, Kirby Marine

Photo courtesy Jeff L. Yates photo courtesy of Cummins Marine

Already the operator of the largest fleet of inland tank barges on U.S. inland waters, Kirby Marine Transportation, has recently added twelve more push boats to its fleet. The twelfth in a series of sister vessels was delivered from Raymond and Associates of Bayou LaBatre, Ala. in late July 2010.   All twelve of the 1700 hp boats are 76 by 35-ft in length. Each boat is powered by a pair of Tier 2 compliant Cummins K38-M diesels rated for 850 hp each at 1800 rpm

Emerging Tech of Online Education and Training

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The emerging technology tool is embraced by award winning West Kentucky Community & Technical College’s Inland Logistics and Marine Institute and its students. Years ago, it was not uncommon for a deckhand on a towboat with no higher education to work his way up the ladder to become a

MoU Ensures Dialog Between US Rivers Leaders

Photo: U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers

Leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the inland towing industry signed a memorandum of understanding today, designed to ensure consistent communications and support efficient and safe movement of commerce on the western rivers of the United States. 

Ohio River Reopened

A section of the Ohio River near mile marker 939 has been reopened by the U.S. Coast Guard.   The river, closed yesterday by the Coast Guard for construction at Lock and Dam 52 in Paducah, Ky. has been reopened to all traffic.  

Section of Ohio River Closed for Construction

A portion of the Ohio River has been closed by the U.S. Coast Guard due to construction on Lock and Dam 52, Wednesday.   The Ohio River is closed to all vessel traffic at Lock 52, mile marker 939, near Paducah, Ky.   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun raising the wickets on

USCG Ups River Security for MLB All Star Game

Great American Ball Park (Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds)

The U.S. Coast Guard, in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, will provide additional maritime safety and security operations on the Ohio River in support of events surrounding the 86th Major League Baseball (MLB) All Star Game at Great American Ball Park in

Panama Canal Expansion Could Shift US Container Traffic

Photo: SCPA

Following the Panama Canal expansion in 2016, up to 10 percent of container traffic to the U.S. from East Asia could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020, according to new research conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and C.H. Robinson

Responders Conduct Spill Exercise

A boat crew deploys boom during a prep exercise in Cleveland. Emergency responders from across Ohio gathered in Cleveland to participate in a preparedness response exercise. (Coast Guard Photo Petty Officer 3rd Jim Connor

Emergency responders from across Ohio gathered in Cleveland this week to participate in a preparedness response exercise. Exercises such as this one are designed to improve communication, planning and emergency response proficiency across local

Jeffersonville Port Sets Quarterly Shipping Record

The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville recorded the highest quarterly shipments in its 30-year history during the first quarter of 2015. Cargo volume exceeded 800,000 tons, up 10 percent from the previous record set in the first quarter of 2014.  

Mount Vernon Port Breaks Indiana Shipping Record

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon recorded the highest quarterly shipments by any port in Ports of Indiana's over 50-plus year history during the first quarter of 2015. This was the second consecutive quarter the port broke this record. First quarter shipments increased three percent over the

Ohio Sues Army Corps over Cleveland Harbor dredging

Cleveland Harbour Lake Erie by US Army Corps of Engineers

 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office filed suit Tuesday against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its plan either to place dredge material from Cleveland Harbor in Lake Erie or refrain from dredging the entire navigation channel unless a non-federal partner pays to place it in

Towing Vessel Sinking on Ohio River

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a towing vessel on the Ohio River near Golconda, Illinois, Wednesday.   Coast Guard Sector Ohio River Valley watchstanders were notified the towing vessel David Dunnigan sank while working near mile marker 897.5, at approximately 8 p.m

Indiana Ports Set Cargo Record in 2014

State's three ports handle 10 million tons for first time in history     The Ports of Indiana handled over 10.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, up nearly 26 percent from the previous year. This was the first time annual shipments exceeded 10 million tons in the port authority's 53-year

Jeffersonville Port Sets Cargo Record in 2014

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville (Picture by: Ports of Indiana)

The Port of Indiana - Jeffersonville handled over 2.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, up 48 percent from the previous year, according to a news release from the port. This was the first time annual shipments exceeded two million tons in the port’s 29-year history. 

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville Sets Shipping Record

Grain, steel, salt help port exceed 2 million tons for first time in 29-year history   The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville handled over 2.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, up 48 percent from the previous year. This was the first time annual shipments exceeded two million tons in the port's

Paddle Wheel Riverboat for Sale

Photo courtesy of SBMA

A 260-foot fully operational paddle wheel riverboat, recently used as a large casino, is available for sale by negotiation.   Asset management company Stuart B. Millner & Associates (SBMA) said it is currently accepting offers for the vessel before making plans to sell it through an

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