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New Mississippi River Promotion Alliance Formed

Officials with the World Trade Center Mississippi River Alliance (WTC MSRA) and the Big River Coalition (BRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a cooperative effort to preserve and promote economic growth on the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MRT).  The organizations will work together in support of increasing the draft in the Lower Mississippi River deep-draft channel to 50 feet to equal the maximum draft to be available when the new Panama Canal locks open in 2015. Along with this agreement, both parties will be given access to broadcast their organizational information and updates to each other and its members. “The timing for such a partnership with the Big River Coalition is ideal. We need a combined voice on this issue which has major implications on the future of commerce, not just for Louisiana, but for the entire nation,” said Dominik Knoll, World Trade Center of New Orleans Chief Executive Officer. “We see the Big River Coalition as a strong ally that the Alliance intends to work very closely with going forward.” “The Big River Coalition embraces this partnership with the newly formed World Trade Center Mississippi River Alliance and believes this amalgamation will serve to promote and protect commerce along the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MRT),” Sean Duffy, Sr., Executive Director of the Big River Coalition stated about the partnership:


Coast Guard Advises Western River Closures, Restrictions

File image: a Mississippi River fleeting operation. (WCI)

The United States Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures and restrictions throughout this period of high water and flooding. The following Coast Guard sectors have issued closures or restrictions: Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River:


Uniworld to Bid for Delta Queen Steamboat

Uniworld intends to bid for the assets of New Orleans-based Delta Queen Steamboat Company. The assets include the Delta Queen Steamboat trademarks and logos plus the Mississippi Queen and Delta Queen, the classic American river steamboats. "As the leading provider of river cruise vacations for Americans in Europe, it is logical for Uniworld to expand its fleet to include vessels operating on the fascinating rivers of the United States," said Serba Ilich, President and CEO


Frelinghuysen Directs Corps To Maintain Lower Miss. River

The Big River Coalition praised the efforts of the Chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee and the entire Louisiana Congressional delegation for their efforts to have the U.S. Corps of Engineers maintain the Lower Mississippi River to its project dimension.   As the House of Representatives considers a Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal government through Sept. 30, U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen of N.J


Launch of Mississippi River Cruise Service

Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announces the selection of the Port of New Orleans today as the homeport for Viking River Cruises first North American river cruise service.

 Governor Bobby Jindal and Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the selection of New Orleans as the homeport for Viking River Cruises’ first North American river cruise itineraries. The Mississippi River cruises will operate from docking facilities near the French Quarter in New Orleans. Viking’s new service will result in the creation of 416 new direct jobs for Louisiana-based operations and vessel crews, with an average salary of $40,000


EPA Proposes Ban on Sewage Dumping in St. Lawrence River

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that a “no discharge zone” can be established for the New York State portion of the St. Lawrence River. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation petitioned the EPA to prohibit boats from discharging sewage into the river by establishing a “no discharge zone” for the area. The EPA has reviewed the state petition and found that there are adequate facilities around the St


Cruise Ship Breaks Free from Moorings

Coast Guard Lt. Ronald Fogan and Petty Officer 2nd Class Josh Hobson review the voyage data recorder of the cruise ship Ecstasy, while some of the ship’s officers look on. The Coast Guard received a report that the Ecstasy, currently housing New Orleans Police Department officers, had broken free from its moorings at the Poland Street Wharf and was drifting down the Mississippi River near downtown New Orleans. Fogan, a foreign vessel inspector, and Hobson, a marine investigator


Inland Awards Conferred in Paducah

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI), organized the 12th Annual River Bell Awards Luncheon in Paducah, KY on Thursday, December 8, 2011. The awards paid tribute to three individuals whose labors have significantly enriched America’s waterways. A crowd of 335 joined SCI’s River Bell Awards committee in commending the work of Joseph H. Pyne, Chairman & CEO of Kirby Corporation; Eddie Conrad; and RADM Mary E


American Cruise Lines Orders Four New Ships

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Four new ACL Vessels to Enter Service between 2015 & 2017 and to Operate on U.S. Rivers American Cruise Lines announced plans to build four new riverboats for American river cruising, and noted that construction has already begun on the first two ships, with the first to begin cruising in in the spring of 2015. The first two new riverboats are designed to carry between 150 and 200 guests and will cruise the Mississippi River system and the Columbia and Snake Rivers


DEME Orders Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger

Image: DEME

With the order of the Bonny River at Royal IHC, the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME is investing in a new generation of trailing suction hopper dredgers which will be trendsetting in coastal protection and dredging hard soils. Thanks to the combination of unique characteristics such as an extremely long suction pipe, a large transport capacity with limited depth and an additional heavy duty rock draghead


Concordia Settles: $9.25m for Grounding

Concordia Maritime entered into a settlement agreement regarding a dispute associated with Stena Primorsk’s grounding in the Hudson River in December 2012. According to the settlement agreement, Concordia Maritime will pay $9.25 million to the counterparty.


Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau Elects New Leaders

File photo: WCI

Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau Holds Annual Membership Meeting; Elects New Leadership and Votes to Proceed with a Third Party Organization Application to the Coast Guard   Members of the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB), the recognized professional trade organization of marine


FAL Engages Inland Marine Service for Marine Operations

Photo courtesy of French American Line

French America Line, the newest U.S. cruise line that begins sailing five- to 10-day cruise itineraries aboard its intimate 75-stateroom flagship Louisiane in August, has engaged Inland Marine Service to handle all of its marine operations.  


STX Sells Lorient Shipyard

Photo: STX France

 The shipbuilding group STX France has offloaded its Lorient shipyard to a naval consortium.    The shipyard, which has produced civil and naval vessels, will be purchased by Kership, a joint venture between French industrial shipbuilder Piriou and naval manufacturer DCNS. 


Antwerp, Montreal Ports Renew Cooperation

Renewal of agreement Photo Port of Antwerp

Yesterday during a joint trade mission in Montreal, the port authorities of Montreal and Antwerp, Belgium renewed their cooperative agreement. The first agreement, signed in March 2013, resulted in four trade missions to Montreal and Antwerp during which extensive business contacts were


Avalon Christens Newest Ship, Avalon Passion

Godmother Jill Ellis christens the Avalon Passion in Linz, Austria. Photo: Avalon Waterways

 River line Avalon Waterways has christened its newest Suite Ship class of river cruise vessels, the 166-passenger Avalon Passion, one week after the company launched another new Suite Ship, the 128-passenger Avalon Imagery II.  


BOEM, Jacksonville, U.S. Army Corps Ink Shore Protection Deal

A dredge ship offshore pumps OCS sand to shore for a Duval County coastal restoration project in 2011. USACE photo.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has signed an agreement with the City of Jacksonville, Fla., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizing them to dredge nearly 1.4 million cubic yards of sand from federal waters for periodic renourishment of the Duval County shoreline


WCI Applauds Increased FY'17 Funding

The Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) praised the bipartisan leadership of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Senate Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and


Response to Barge Breakaway Continues on the Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to respond to an allision which occurred April 6 and resulted in a multiple-barge breakaway and two sunken barges on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill.   The Army Corps of Engineers completed a survey of the navigational channel and reports the channel is


Man Missing after Tug Capsizes in Houston

The U.S. Coast Guard and Harris County Sheriff Department responders are searching for a missing man after he and four others were sent into the water when their tug flipped over in the San Jacinto river about a half mile south of Interstate 10 in Houston.  


Body of Missing Tug Crewman Located

U.S. Coast Guard photo

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew located the body of the missing tug boat crewman from the capsized Ricky J Leboeuf near the location of the tug on the San Jacinto river Tuesday at 9:47 a.m.   The Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located the man's body and directed rescue


First Ocean Ship of 2016 Docks into Indiana Port

Indiana Port Courtesy Port of Indiana

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor opened the 2016 international shipping season today with the arrival of the M.V. Lubie , a 623-foot bulk carrier from Europe. To commemorate the first ocean vessel of the year, the captain was presented with the Port of Indiana 'Steel Stein.'  


AIS Regulations: New Responsibilities and Opportunities

(Photo: Stevens Towing Co., Inc.

March Coast Guard deadline represents milestone for AIS use in U.S. waters   From increasing situational awareness and enhancing the safety and security of maritime transportation, to its use in accident investigation, search and rescue, Aids to Navigation and asset monitoring


Oil Spill in Schuylkill River

The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies are responding Tuesday to an oil sheen in the Schuylkill River.   The Coast Guard received a report of a sheen on the river between Market Street and South Street in Philadelphia Monday, but crews were not able to locate its origin.  


Cargo Vessel Collides with Tanker at Guangzhou Port

Image: Guangzhou Port Channel

 Inbound general cargo vessel Yan Zhan 58 collided with outbound tanker Zhen Peng during the evening of May 9 in Peral river estuary near buoy 48, Guangzhou Port Channel, Guangdong province, China.    The freighter struck the tanker, loaded with 2,290 tons of gasoline






 
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