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US Western Rivers Closures, Restrictions

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  The 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:  * Upper Mississippi River closed between mile markers 184 and 179 near St. Louis, Missouri.  * Illinois River closed between mile markers 0 to 50 from Hardin, Illinois to Grafton, Illinois.  * For more details on the closures set in place by Sector Upper Mississippi River call the command center at 314-269-2610314-269-2610 FREE FREE. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley:  * Restrictions on Mississippi River from mile marker 110, near Chester Illinois, to mile marker 34, near Billings Landing, Missouri.  * For more details on the restrictions set in place by Sector Ohio  Valley call the command center at 1-800-253-74651-800-253-7465 FREE FREE. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River:  * High water safety advisory on Lower Mississippi River from mile marker 869, near Caruthersville, Missouri, to mile marker 303 near Natchez, Mississippi.  * Safety zone between mile markers 737 and 734 on the Lower Mississippi River.


Rivers Are On The Rise

Water levels on U.S. Midwest rivers were rising after recent warm temperatures and weekend rains mixed with snow hit the upper Midwest but no navigational problems were expected, river officials said. "We're experiencing a bubble effect with a rise and fall of water -- which will continue over the next couple of days," said Lt. Chris O'Neil, spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in St. Louis. Water levels on the upper-Mississippi River near St


Mississippi River Restrictions Lifted

Coast Guard Captain of the Port Captain Sharon Richey, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River, issued an order today lifting the restrictions on vessel traffic transit through the affected area of the Mississippi River at the Interstate 35 Bridge collapse site here. The bridge was closed at mile marker 853.2, due to salvage and debris removal operations. All mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution when transiting this area and to monitor marine channel 16


Op Big Tow - No Discrepancies So Far

Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River have contacted and safety-checked more than 74 towing vessels and examined 310 mariner licenses and have found no discrepancies in the early phases of Operation Big Tow in the upper Mississippi River region. Operation Big Tow, a national initiative that began in the upper Mississippi River region Saturday, is using safety spot checks, vessel and operator credential examinations


NOAA Warns of Flooding Risks

Many rivers in the upper Midwest and northern Plains remain above flood stage, and the threat for more flooding will continue through the summer, forecasters at NOAA’s National Weather Service said today. With rivers running high and soils completely saturated, just a small amount of rain could trigger more flooding, including areas that have already seen major to record flooding. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above-normal rain in most of these vulnerable areas


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.


President’s Budget Requests Record Level of Funding for IWTF

President Bush’s FY 2007 proposed budget requests a record level of new federal funding for 11 Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF)-financed projects. The budget request proposes FY ’07 spending of $394 million for Inland Waterways Trust Fund financed projects, of which $197 million will come from the dedicated Inland Waterways Trust Fund. The remainder would come from general treasury funds, as required under current law


Widening Scope of Waterway Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has "made good progress" in broadening a study of possible navigation improvements on the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway system to give greater consideration to ecological restoration, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. However, because of flaws in the models used in the study to predict demand for barge transportation, the economic justification for expanding locks on the rivers has not yet been demonstrated


Ice Melt Aids Mississippi Navigation

Ice melt and rising water levels on the Illinois and upper-Mississippi rivers improved barge movement but traffic was backed up near Alton, Illinois, after the Melvin Price lock reopened, officials said Thursday. The Melvin Price auxiliary lock on the upper-Mississippi River near Alton began locking tows at 7 p.m. on Wednesday after closing the lock on Monday to flush ice from the dam. "They're not finished flushing ice but they are locking because most of the heavy ice has passed


Coast Guard Restricts Traffic on Upper Mississippi River

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of St. Louis has restricted traffic on the Mississippi River in response to high water, Monday. The upper Mississippi River is closed to all traffic from mile marker 179 to mile marker 184 near the St. Louis Harbor. Fleet vessels are permitted to operate in the zone to ensure the safety and integrity of their fleets. The Coast Guard encourages mariners to ensure that moored vessels and barges are adequately secured with the anticipation of increased


Imabari Installs SOx Scrubber onto Bulk Carrier

Bulk carrier M/V Nadeshiko (Photo: Imabari Shipbuilding)

Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. announced it has become the first shipyard in Japan to successfully install a SOx scrubber onto bulk carrier.   The SOx scrubber, manufactured by Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., has been installed for a domestic ship owner aboard the 84,000M.T


China Braces for "Severe" Flooding on Yangtze River

Chinas Yangtze River Map Wikipedia

Severe floods are expected on China's Yangtze River this year due to a strong El Nino weather pattern, state media said, raising the risk of deaths and damage to property and crops along the country's longest waterway. The El Nino conditions are the strongest since records collection began in


North River Boats Thrives in a Challenging Build Market

Photo: North River Boats

North River Boats’ formula for success: anchored in a diverse portfolio and customer base.   Tucked away in Roseburg, Ore., North River Boats began simply enough in 1974 by building jet powered boats to run shallow, technical white water rivers


Secretary Foxx Designates 3 Marine Highway Projects

Anthony Foxx Photo U.S. Maritime Administration

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects. The Mississippi River, previously designated as the M-55, will serve as the primary route for the Baton Rouge-New Orleans Shuttle project.  Sponsored by the Port of New Orleans in partnership with


Aids to Navigation Receives Funding of $4.6 mil

The Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay and River Delaware, the Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware, and the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay applaud the inclusion of a $4.6 million request for aids to navigation, or ATONs, in President Obama’s FY17 U


Incat Crowther Delivers Dive Cruise Vessel

Evolution - The Benchmark For Great Barrier Reef Customer Experience Image courtesy of Down Under Dive

Incat Crowther informed about the delivery of the 33m Catamaran Dive Cruise Vessel, Evolution.   Built by Marine Engineering Consultants on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Evolution was recently delivered to Down Under Dive, whereupon it has become the benchmark for customer experience on


Great Barrier Reef Dive Cruise Vessel Delivered

Evolution (Photo: Incat Crowther)

Incat Crowther  announced the delivery of the 33m Catamaran Dive Cruise Vessel, Evolution. Built by Marine Engineering Consultants on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Evolution was recently delivered to Down Under Dive. Designed from the ground up to provide a sleek and modern feature-packed


Gulf Island Delivers Towboat to Marquette Transportation

MV Loree Eckstein (Photo: Gulf Island Shipyards)

Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC recently delivered the second of a three-vessel new build program for Marquette Transportation Company of Paducah Kentucky. The M/V Loree Eckstein, named after John Eckstein’s wife, was delivered on February 18


Loch Ness Monster: Incat Crowther Joins the Search

Image Spirit of Loc Ness Courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has entered into a contract to design a 20m catamaran passenger ferry to ply the waters of Loch Ness in Scotland, taking tourists in search of Nessie, the lake’s the famous monster. Construction of the vessel for Cruise Loch Ness is underway at Exeter Fabrication Ltd in


Interlake Steamship Begins 2016 Sailing Season

Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder (Photo: Interlake Steamship Company)

River-Class Tug/Barge Begins Shuttling Iron Ore on Cuyahoga River   The Interlake Steamship Company’s Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder, an articulated tug-barge unit (ATB), departs winter layup today to begin early-season shuttles of iron ore for ArcelorMittal


Flood Risk to Persist in Mississippi River Basin

File Image: a typical fleeting operation on the mississippi River (credit: WCI)

Heavy winter rains have left the Missouri and Mississippi River basins, from Iowa to Louisiana, at an elevated risk of moderate flooding through June, U.S. government forecasters said on Thursday. The risk extends to eastern Texas and the southeastern Coastal Plain


Damaged Bulker Refloated in the Columbia River

A pair of tugs support the 623-foot motor vessel Sparna under the Lewis and Clark Bridge while transiting to a pier in Kalama,Wash., March 23, 2016. A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portland also escorted the Sparna enforcing a 100-yard safety zone. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)

A Unified Command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, operators of the motor vessel Sparna, Columbia River Pilots and the National Response Corporation Environmental Services oversaw the safe transit of the damaged motor vessel Sparna up the Columbia River to the North Kalama, Washington pier


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


US, Canadian Coast Guards Leaders Discuss Partnership

Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Central and Arctic Region and Rear Adm. June Ryan, the commander of the USCG 9th District met with their employees aboard Coast Guard ships and a CCG helicopter in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie Michigan March 21 2016. (Photo credit: USCG)

Rear Adm. June E. Ryan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District, was welcomed aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley by Assistant Commissioner Julie Gascon and Captain Signe Gotfredsen of the Canadian Coast Guard, Central and Arctic Region Monday.  


Rodriguez Towboat For Mid-River

Dianna Lynn (Photo courtesy of Rodriguez Boat Builders)

Over the years, Rodriguez triple-screw shallow-draft towboats have won a following in the shallow waters of the Mississippi River estuary. Many of these boats are the distinctive aft-cabin Lugger-type of vessel. Recently Mid-River Terminals of Osceola, Ark






 
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