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LaHood Announces Recipients of $7M in Marine Highways Grants

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $7m is being awarded to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Virginia Port Authority and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority to support the transportation of marine cargo between U.S. ports. The announcement comes just five weeks after unveiling the America's Marine Highway program, a new initiative to move more cargo on U.S. waterways. The money will help expand an existing marine highway operation in the Gulf of Mexico between Texas and Florida and one on the East Coast between Richmond and Hampton Roads in Virginia. The money will also help start an entirely new all-water service on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway between Itawamba, Mississippi and the Port of Mobile, Alabama. "These projects demonstrate how water transportation can help solve some of our toughest transportation challenges," said Secretary LaHood. "Transporting goods by water will let us reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions." "This is a key opportunity to demonstrate the benefits and viability of moving freight on the water," said David T. Matsuda, Maritime Administrator. "These grants will help a long overlooked means of transporting goods finally grow." Projects receiving grant funding are:


Panama City Dredging Project Underway

The Port of Panama City and the U. S. Corps of Engineers have begun a joint dredging project to deepen Panama City’s entrance channel and turning basin from 32 ft. to 36 ft. Inland Dredging Company of Dyersburg, Tennessee will begin work in the channel in January. The Panama City Port Authority is in the process of bidding the dredging work in the berthing areas. The entire project will cost approximately $8.5 million dollars and be completed by the end of May, 2003


Port of Memphis Exercises Security Plans

The Coast Guard, partnered with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as many of the key port players, exercised risk management strategies aimed at protecting the city and the Port of Memphis. The exercise was led by the DHS Protective Security Advisor for the Memphis District, Mr. Greg Innis. The exercise participants included representatives from Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Office of Homeland Security


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – November 18

1953- Heavy rains in the Coquile, Coos, and Willamette River Valleys of western Oregon caused flooding of the lowland areas and isolation of some towns through the blocking of highways by slides and high water, necessitating the evacuation of families and livestock.   A Coast Guard relief detail of boats, men, and aircraft participated in relief assistance measures, cooperating with the Red Cross and civil authorities.


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 3

HMS Triumph (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 3 1898 - At Battle of Santiago, Cuba, RADM Sampson's squadron destroys Spanish fleet 1950 - USS Valley Forge and HMS Triumph participate in first carrier action of Korean Conflict. VF-51 aircraft (Valley Forge) shoot down two North Korean aircraft. The action is first combat test of F9F Panther and AD Skyraider. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at history.navy.mil.


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. The David Dunnigan reportedly capsized, sank and drifted down river.  The exact location of the sunken vessel is unknown at this time.  


TrashCat Joins Passaic Valley Fleet of Skimmers

United Marine International (UMI), Division of Liquid Waste Technology, Inc., USA, has emerged as the world's leading producer of Marine Trash Skimmers. UMI designs and manufactures Water Management Boats to remove from waterways all types and sizes of floating debris, aquatic vegetation and related pollutants...anything and everything that "washes" out of watersheds after snow melts, "spring runoff" and rainstorms...natural debris, street litter, man-make "flotables", and garbage


Canada Clarke Expanes Freight Management Ops

Canada's Clarke Inc. doubled the size of its freight-management division with the purchase of four U.S.-based companies. Clarke, which has freight transportation and logistics services throughout North America, said it had bought Focus Carriers of Memphis, Tennessee; Kenley Trucking Inc of Atlanta, Georgia; and Creative Logistics of Ripon, California. Purchase prices were not disclosed. - (Reuters)


This Day in U.S. Naval History – October 28

1864 - Steamer General Thomas and gunboat Stone River destroy Confederate batteries on Tennessee River near Decatur, Alabama. 1882 - Orders issued for first Naval Attache (LCDR French Chadwick sent to London, England). (Source: Navy News Service)  


Kraft Power Named Distributor for Scania USA

Engine room of a rescue boat powered by two Scania 16-litre marine engine. (Photo courtesy of Scania)

Continuing its North American service network expansion, Scania has named Kraft Power as its newest marine distributor.   Kraft Power is now a Scania marine distributor for Florida, Georgia, Bermuda and the Bahamas, representing Scania’s latest marine engine platform: 9-, 13-, and 16- liter engines used for propulsion and auxiliary applications. Kraft Power will also distribute Scania industrial engines in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida.  


RIBCRAFT Delivers Boat to Decatur Police Department

 The Decatur Polices new RIBCRAFT Vessel (photo courtesy of RIBCRAFT)

  RIBCRAFT, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for safety professionals, law enforcement, and military agencies, announced the delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 to the City of Decatur, Alabama for patrol and enforcement operations.  


Plans in Place to Test Intermodal River Transport

Ken Canter

The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority and Ingram Barge Company has announced plans to assess the viability of Intermodal River Transportation, utilizing the largest flat-top crane in North America owned by the Paducah Riverport Authority and Ingram’s towboats and barges.


Ukraine Arrests Turkish Cargo Ship Over Crimea Port Call

  Ukrainian authorities have arrested a Turkish-owned cargo ship and detained its captain over a visit it made to a port in Crimea after Russian annexed the peninsula from Ukraine last year. Prosecutors said the Tuvalu-registered 5,095 deadweight tonne ship Kanton was being held in the


Malaysia Detains Nigerian Bandit Vessel

The Viking is the 2nd of the “Bandit 6” poaching vessels to be detained this month. (Image courtesy CCAMLR)

 The Nigerian flagged fishing vessel, Viking, has been detained in Malaysia for violations of Malaysian maritime law.   Malaysian authorities have indicated that the Viking will also be investigated for alleged illegal, unregulated, unreported (IUU) fishing violations.   


Putin Puts Northern Fleet on Full Combat Alert

Ships of Russian Navy Northern Fleet. Photo: Gazprom

 Russian President Vladimir Putin put the nation’s northern fleet on full alert in the Arctic Ocean this week, as the U.S. and several Eastern European NATO countries conduct a series of military exercises near Russia's border.  


Panama Canal Case Headed to Arbitration

Picture Credit: Panama Canal Authority.

 The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) and the consortium building a third set of locks for the inter-oceanic waterway said in separate statements that they will take a dispute over cement quality to international arbitration.   The PCA has asked for an international arbitration panel to


NOAA: No Relief in Sight for Western US Drought

Drought pressures will increase in California and western areas of the United States this spring even as the dry season begins, the government's Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday.   "Periods of record warmth in the West and not enough precipitation during the rainy season cut


Authorisation to Perform Transit Pilotage

Courtesy of Danish Maritime Authority

   Pilotage service providers who wish to perform transit pilotage assignments in Danish territorial waters of Oeresund and the Great Belt during the years 2016–2019 can apply for authorisation at the Danish Maritime Authority. Closing date is 1 May 2015.  


Cyprus Port Privatization Soon

Image: Cyprus Ports Authority

 Privatization of Limassol Port, a port of multiple uses, is the main port of Cyprus, will be officially launched by the end of April with a call for expression of interest, says the Minister of Communications and Works Marios Demetriades.  


Pakistan's Port Qasim to Receive First Cargo of LNG from Qatargas

LNG Floating Terminal: Port Qasim Authority

 The first load of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) traded by Qatari supplier, Qatargas, is planned to reach the Port Qasim LNG terminal on March 26, says a report in Reuters.   Qatargas is providing the LNG to Pakistan at $8 to $9 per Million British Thermal Units (MMBTU)


EU Regulators Order Cosco to Pay for Greek Benefits

Image: Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT)

 European Union state aid regulators have ordered Greece to recover certain illegal fiscal benefits granted to Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) and its parent company Cosco Pacific Ltd, says a report in Reuters.   The European Commission found that Greece inappropriately granted tax


Marine Claims Insurance Reminder by Danish Authority

Need to take insurance to cover maritime claims

  If you own a ship with a gross tonnage (GT) of or above 300, you must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about your insurance for maritime claims by 31 March 2015. The requirement does not apply to foreign ships. It is about time to check your insurance for maritime claims.


Norway Supports Statoil, Rosneft JV

Photo pixabay.com

  Norwegian authorities have given the Stavanger-based energy giant Statoil the go-ahead on joint projects with Rosneft, a Russian oil titan that was the target of Western sanctions in 2014. Statoil and Rosneft previously agreed on four projects to explore and produce oil on the Russian


Houston Port Throughput Up 22%

Courtesy Port  of Houston Authority

Activity across Port of Houston Authority docks continues to show strength as February 2015 tonnage figures reflected a 22-percent increase compared to February 2014. Executive Director Roger Guenther released the information today during the monthly meeting of the Port Commission of the Port


Pacesetter Award Winners Announced for 2014 Navigation Season

Betty Sutton (Photo: SLSDC)

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) has announced that eight U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System are receiving the prestigious Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award.   The awards were given for registering increases in international cargo tonnage






 
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