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China Throwing Money at the Waterways

China's Ministry of Transportation reports that the country spent US$2.3 billion on the waterways during the period January to April 2013. This investment by the government shows an increase of 21.2 per cent over the same period in 2012. River transportation enjoys lower shipping rates, larger shipment volume and less energy consumption, although China's river transportation development has long been lagging behind other means of transportation. According to a Xinhua report, with support from the state government, China's river traffic has come onto a development fast track since 2011. In 2011 and 2012, China invested CNY85.28 billion on river traffic, which grew at an average rate of 16.6 per cent per year.  


River Transportation Vital to Economy

The recent closure of the Mississippi River due to low releases of water flows from the Missouri River and drought conditions underscores the critical importance of river transportation infrastructure to the economy of the mid-west region and the nation. The Upper Mississippi River Basin and the Missouri River are essential to our nation's economy, as is the lock and dam system which makes the rivers navigable and provide major arteries for


Boatracs Joins Port Security Test

Boatracs, the premier provider of wireless maritime information solutions, recently participated in a maritime security exercise co-sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Regional Maritime Security Coalition (RMSC), Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), and the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Conducted at the OEM Center in Salem, Oregon, in November 2003, the security exercise was designed to test maritime communication systems and track cargo movement along the


SCI Sells Water Street Facility, Stays in N.Y.

Yesterday, the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York & New Jersey (SCI) sold its 241 Water Street facility to the Blue Man Creativity Center School. At the same time, SCI commits itself to remain a New York-based institution, as it has been since its founding in 1834. Amid terms of sale, SCI retains its corporate offices at 241 Water Street. In addition to Water Street and Port Newark, SCI administers seafarer hospitality and education sites in Paducah, Ky


WCI Chairman Issues Statement

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Rick Calhoun, President of Cargo Carriers (Cargill) and Chairman of Waterways Council, Inc., released a statement today regarding the state of emergency on the Lower Mississippi River. “The inland waterways navigation system is the most important transportation asset in the United States and is vital to the economic well-being of this country,” Calhoun said.  “We urgently call on the Federal government today to take all necessary steps to provide funding for this


ARTCO Turns to Class NK's SMSLLC for TSMS Help

Bill Mahoney, Director of SMSLLC

SMSLLC to help leading tug and barge operator to prepare for new Towing Safety Management Regulation. Safety Management Systems LLC announced on April 18, 2013 that it has won a contract from American River Transportation Company (ARTCO) to assist the company to establish a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) in accordance with pending U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M regulations. ARTCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), is one of the largest U.S


Senate O.K.s U.S. Waterways Improvement Bill

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to improve transportation on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers for Midwestern farmers shipping bulk commodities. The legislation provided $2 million for the initial phase of the Upper Mississippi and Illinois waterway system navigation modernization project. The project will redesign and expand seven locks -- five on the Mississippi and two on the Illinois -- that currently delay shipments on the river because the locks are too small to handle


Backing for NEVA 2011 Gathers Pace

Opening ceremony at NEVA 2009                      	    NEVA 2009 saw a record number of both

Support for NEVA 2011, the international maritime conference and exhibition taking place in St. Petersburg between September 20th and 23rd this year, has gathered momentum both within Russia and internationally in recent weeks. Rod Keay, managing director of Dolphin Exhibitions, the event organiser, says: “Support in Russia, and the CIS as well, has grown exponentially since the beginning of the year.” The event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year


Mississippi River Deepening Study

The Big River Coalition and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development commissioned economist Dr. Tim Ryan to calculate the economic impacts that deepening the Mississippi River would have on the state and national economy. The results of the study will be released during a press conference at the Port of New Orleans Administration Building, 1350 Port of New Orleans Place, Thursday, Aug. 22 at 3:15 p.m.


Lynden to Provide Barge Service for Tulsequah Mine Project

Lynden Logistics, LLC signed a letter of intent with Chieftain Metals Corp. to provide barge services in support of the construction and production of the Tulsequah Mine in British Columbia. The services will include the barging of materials and supplies up the Taku River to the mine site and, when the mine is in production, the barge shipment of concentrate down the Taku River for transport to smelters in Asia. The polymetallic concentrate will be loaded at the mine site in bags and placed


Dredging in Hudson River Nears Completion

 Pic: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 After six years of digging, General Electric Co. expects to finish this year removing some 2.7 million cubic yards of contaminated river sediment in upper Hudson River in Waterford under its landmark Superfund agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency.  


RILA Welcomes Introduction of Port Metrics Bill

In a letter sent Wednesday, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) for introducing legislation that would institute universal port performance standards and a formalized reporting structure for


China Ocean Shipbuilding Acquires Jiangxi Gas

Photo: China Cosco Holdings

 China Ocean Shipbuilding Industry Group (COSIG) with its unit, China Ocean LNG has bought a 47% stake in Jiangxi Petrochina Kunlun Gas (Jiangxi Gas) for a total of ($6.2m), according to a stock market statement.   The Chinese yard noted the benefits of investing in Jiangxi Gas


European Court Ups Standards for River Dredging

Photo: Port of Hamburg

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that damage to water quality must be considered when authorities approve river dredging to expand ports, in a ruling which could hinder expansion at the German ports of Bremen and Hamburg.  


Burger Boat Launches Wendella Passenger Vessel

Photo: Burger Boat Company

Burger Boat Company announced the launch of P/V Lucia, an 89-foot steel passenger vessel for Wendella Sightseeing Company, Inc.   Lucia, designed by Timothy Graul Marine Design of Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., was launched into the Manitowoc River Friday, May 29 with her owners


Buoys to Be Installed Below Dams for Safety

Consumers Energy informs it is coordinating with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to install buoys this month to help warn the public to stay out of potentially unsafe areas immediately downstream of hydro facilities.   "People should not be in the immediate area of a dam's


Yangtze Ship Disaster: Nearly 400 Confirmed Dead

Photo provided by Chinese official media

 Nearly 400 bodies are recovered from a Chinese ship that capsized on the Yangtze River. Only 14 survivors, one of them the captain, were found after the ship carrying 456 people sank on Monday night.   Disaster teams found hundreds more bodies overnight and on Saturday morning after


Taking Inland Waterways To the Mainstream

Chip Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

It takes nonstop work to maintain America’s position in today’s global economy. Every day we compete against strong international rivals for demanding foreign and domestic customers. Thankfully, the American economy has a large-scale


Canada Proposes New Rules for Dangerous Cargo

Transport Canada proposes changes to strengthen the safe transportation of dangerous goods; new reporting requirements will improve risk analysis and emergency response   Canada’s Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt proposed new amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods


Barges Break Free, Hit Starved Rock Dam

U.S. Coast Guard photo

The U.S. Coast Guard is working the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the owners of a tug and barges to quickly and safely move two barges that drifted into the protection walls of Starved Rock Lock and Dam in Utica, Illinois, Sunday afternoon.  


Update: Runaway Barges Recovered

Towing vessel Joyce Hale recovers one of two barges that drifted into piers of the Starved Rock Dam in Utica, Ill. The vessel was pushing eight barges of dry cargo on the Illinois River Sunday when four barges broke free. (USCG photo)

Two barges that drifted against piers of the Starved Rock Dam in Utica, Illinois Sunday afternoon have been safely recovered, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported.   One of the barges, carrying corn, was recovered Sunday evening, while the second barge, carrying sand


Arkansas Maritime Center gets Federal Grant

Photo credit: MarTREC, University of Arkansas

 The Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center, based at the University of Arkansas, has received a federal grant of $923,700, reports AP.   The center, known as MarTREC, is a consortium of researchers focused on maritime and multimodal transportation research


CME: Force Majeure for Shipping Stations Due to Floods

CME declares force majeure for corn, soy shipping stations due to floods   CME Group Inc declared force majeure for all corn and soybean shipping stations because of flooding on the Illinois River, according to a notice from the exchange operator on Wednesday.  


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


The ‘Greening’ of America’s Marine Highways

Photo credit: Glenn Hall Photography

Ingram Barge Company sees two kinds of green in their newest venture on the inland rivers.   In late March, the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority and Ingram Barge Company announced plans to assess the viability of Intermodal River Transportation






 
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