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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:

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

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

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

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

Fishing Vessel Hits Jetty, Crew Saved

A U.S. Coast Guardreported that its boatcrew from Station Chetco River, in Brookings, Ore., rescued four people after a 62-foot fishing vessel allided with the Chetco River South Jetty, Monday evening. The crew of the fishing vessel Jo Marie contacted the Coast Guard via VHF-FM radio at 8:16 p.m. Crewmembers from Station Chetco River launched aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend, Ore

Marine Accident on the Saginaw River

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause of an accident in the Saginaw River, Friday afternoon.   At 10:30 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report of a man clinging to a buoy in the Saginaw River near Veterans Memorial Park in Bay City, Mich.   Rescue crews launched from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Mich., in a 24-foot response boat and from Air Station Detroit in a Dolphin rescue helicopter.  

Mississippi River Reopened Near St. Louis

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reopened the Upper Mississippi River near St. Louis to recreational vessel traffic, Monday, the USCG said today in a press announcement. The USCG closed the river to all recreational traffic on Friday between Lock and Dam 27 in Granite City, Illinois and the Jefferson Barrack Bridge in St. Louis due to extreme high water, reporting that the river in St. Louis crested late Friday at nearly 31 feet.

Cruise Critic Awards Best Cruise Lines of 2015

Photo: Viking Oceans

 Online cruise guide Cruise Critic has announced the winners of its annual Editors' Picks Awards for 2015, revealing the industry's top performers in a variety of different categories.   The winners, which are selected by the online cruise guide's team of experts, highlight the best cruise lines across 25 categories.   In the past, the list focused primarily on ocean cruises, but this year, editors from around the world also created a separate category for the best in river

Servowatch IPMS Completes FATs for UK Navy

A BAE Systems Surface Ships Offshore Patrol Vessel for the U.K. Royal Navy (Image: Servowatch)

The fully integrated platform management system Servowatch designed and built for three new offshore patrol vessels for the U.K. Royal Navy has completed BAE Systems’ Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT).   Servowatch, the supplier of advanced integrated ship control systems

New Orleans Port to Host Maritime Workforce Summit


  The Port of New Orleans is set to host the 2nd Annual Maritime Workforce Summit and Career Expo presented by WWL-TV’s ‘We Choose Louisiana.”   Designed to expand awareness of the economic impact of commerce on the Lower Mississippi River and highlight career

AEP to Sell AEP River Ops To ACL

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American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell its commercial barge transportation subsidiary, AEP River Operations LLC, to American Commercial Lines (ACL), owned by Platinum Equity, for approximately $550 million. AEP River Operations is a commercial inland barge company

Rand Takes Delivery of Newest Self-Unloader

Bulk freight shipper Rand Logistics, Inc. has taken delivery of its newest Canadian self-unloading vessel, increasing its fleet to 16 ships, including 10 Canadian flagged and six U.S. flagged vessels.   According to Rand, the new vessel will have the largest carrying capacity of any

Mobile Dredging Bags Shark River Contract

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 The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.6 million contract to dredge the Shark River in Monmouth County after the effects of Superstorm Sandy created a greater need to complete the long-delayed project. Mobile Dredging and Pumping Co. of Chester, Pa

River Information System Updated in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Transas)

The Consortium BulRIS II led by Transas has completed the second phase of the BULRIS project, funded by the Operational Program "Transport" 2007 – 2013. The system was delivered to the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co

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

Riding Waves & Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

The European Way The Meygen tidal stream energy project is currently under construction off the coast of Scotland. By the early 2020s, MeyGen Limited intends to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines to supply clean and renewable electricity to the UK National Grid. (Credit: Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

When one thinks of offshore renewable energy, one usually thinks of offshore wind.  For the first time progress is being made in the U.S. to develop offshore wind resources. The first steel foundation jacket has been placed in the ocean floor to support the Deepwater Wind project off the

TSB to Investigate Tug Incident in Fraser River

The TSB is publishing selected data pertaining to accidents and reportable incidents from its Marine Safety Information System (MARSIS) for use by professionals and the public to advance transportation safety.

  The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators following the girding and sinking of the tug Sea Imp X in the North Arm of the Fraser River, British Columbia. The occurrence took place yesterday at approximately 20:00 PDT.

2 Rescued from Sailboat Near Hobucken, NC

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  The Coast Guard rescued two people on Wednesday from the Neuse River near Hobucken. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a mayday call on VHF-FM Channel 16 at 6:39 p.m. from a man and woman aboard the 23-foot sailboat, Sentimental Journey

Insights: Tracy Zea, Director-Government Relations, WCI

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Washington-based Tracy R. Zea advocates for Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system. Zea also works to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S

Papal Visit to Impact Marine Transportation System

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  The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River and Schuylkill River, in vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 25, 2015 to September 28, 2015 will likely experience delays.

Shanhaiguan Books Order for Six Containerships

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 China’s Shanhaiguan Shipbuilding Industry has booked an order to build up to six feeder containerships for Dalian Port Wantong Logistics and Dalian Jifa Ship Management.    The newbuilding contract will see the affiliate yard of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation

Fire in Urea carrier Otong Kosasih

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 Urea carrier Otong Kosasih suffered fire in superstructure, vessel is docked in Kalidoni Palembang, South Sumatra.    The 1975-built, 11,196 dwt urea carrier Otong Kosasih owned by a local fertilizer company PT. Sriwijaya fertilizer (Pusri) was docked at the firm’s own pier

Struggle Continues at Vietnam Port

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 The deep-river port complex in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau is still struggling to reach its designed capacity, says local media reports.   The seven deep-water seaports have been built by the Cai Mep – Thi Vai Port Group in the southern province of Ba Ria –

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