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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. Louis were more than three times levels reached a week ago but were expected to drop gradually by Wednesday, said Charles Camillo, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman at St. Louis. "Water was forecast to reach 20.5 feet on Monday, then drop to 19.3 feet on Tuesday and 17.1 on Wednesday at the St. Louis gauge," Camillo said. "But there are no navigational problems and we're a long way off flood levels," he said. Water levels in the area last week were below six feet. While water levels on the upper-Mississippi River near St. Louis were at least 10 feet below flood stage, the Illinois River at the Peoria and LaGrange locks were at flood stage, river officials said. The Peoria lock is located at mile marker 158 and the LaGrange lock is about 80 miles south at mile marker 80. "There's a navigable pass and there's no locking at Peoria or LaGrange," said Dave Hood, lockmaster at the LaGrange lock.


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


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


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


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


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


Ice to Close Upper Mississippi from Nov. 20

File Photo: An inland pushboat and its barges make their way down river.

The shipping season on the upper Mississippi River will end on Thursday as ice surrounding locks and dams near Minnesota's Twin Cities forced the earliest winter closure on records that date back to 1969, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. "There's so much ice through the whole system," said Bryan Peterson, navigation manager for the Army Corps' St. Paul district. "They're getting the barges they can out and not risking getting stuck there all winter."


Viking Star Towed into London

Credit: Viking Star

Kotug Rotortugs RT Ambition and RT Evolution were charged with a special task this morning as they towed new cruise ship Viking Star on her first call to the Port of London. RT Ambition and RT Evolution towed Viking Star through the Thames Tidal Barrier on the Upper River Thames and assisted


New MERUS Rings Aboard River Countess

Photo: Pronomar

Uniworld’s river cruise vessel River Countess set sail to cruise the lagoon of Venice and the thereto connected river delta. For doing so in accordance with the standards required for the Uniworld fleet, the vessel was equipped with MERUS rings for the complete domestic water system.


USS Cairo: Crew Safety and Fleeting Efficiency

Photo courtesy of Carline Industries

Over that past 15 to 20 years there has been a revolution in U.S. ship docking tugs. Larger container ships and tankers made obsolete the conventional single and twin propeller tugs that could serve either line haul or ship docking functions


Global Warming Slowdown Tracked to Indian Ocean

Image courtesy: NOAA.

 Global surface warming has slowed since the start of the twenty-first century, while Pacific heat uptake was enhanced. Analyses of ocean heat content suggest that the warm water was transferred to the Indian Ocean, through the Indonesian straits, reports "Natue".  


Ships Collide on Lower Mississippi

Three ships were involved in a collision on the lower Mississippi River near Convent, Louisiana, Monday when a bulk carrier broke free from its mooring and drifted into a moored towing vessel and then an offloading tank ship. The U.S. Coast Guard is responding.  


Riverboat to be Christened in New Orleans

First Lady of New Orleans, Cheryl Landrieu, to Christen American Cruise Lines’ American Eagle riverboat   American Cruise Lines announced the christening of its second Mississippi River paddlewheeler, the American Eagle, on April 25, 2015 in New Orleans


Spotlight on Intermodal River Transport

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company’s towboat, the M/V Miss Shirley, arrived at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, transporting containers via barge as part of a demonstration to show the viability of intermodal river transportation.  


2 Damen Tugs for KOTUG’s European Harbor Towage

ZP Bear will complement our fleet of tugs operating on the River Thames

  Damen Shipyards Group delivered two sister tugs ATD 2412 ‘ZP Bison’ and ‘ZP Bear’ to strengthen KOTUG’s European Harbour Towage. On April 8th 2015, the sister tugs were handed over by designer and builder Damen to her owner Elisabeth Ltd in order to operate


Towboat Delivered to Tidewater Transportation & Terminals

Crown Point (Photo courtesy of Tidewater Transportation & Terminals)

Tidewater Transportation & Terminals takes delivery of new towboat Crown Point from Vigor Industrial to be deployed in Tidewater’s Columbia and Snake River service mid-April   Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, headquartered in Vancouver, Washington


Vessel Forebody Launched for Rand Logistics

Video screenshot (courtesy of Rand Logistics)

Vessel introduction on track for fourth quarter of 2015   Rand Logistics, Inc. announced the launch of its new vessel forebody. The new forebody, built by Chengxi Shipyard Co., will be affixed to the aft section of the company's recently acquired Danish-flagged vessel and is set to become


US Designates Three Marine Highway Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects.   The Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, previously designated as the M-55 and M-35, connecting Chicago and Minneapolis to New Orleans, will serve as the primary routes for a new container-on-barge


BMT Innovation Recognised in AWA Awards

NSW Water Awards

  BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced that the Hawkesbury-Nepean River and South Creek model, developed for Sydney Water has been awarded the Program Innovation Award at this year’s Australian Water Association’s (AWA) New South Wales (NSW) Awards


US Marine Highways to Help Prepare for the Future

Marine Highway

  With America's population expected to grow by 70 million over the next 30 years, moving the goods that enrich our lives --and the freight that fuels our economy-- will be a key challenge.  As our Beyond Traffic draft framework indicates, by 2045, the volume of goods on our roads, rail


Sixth Season of Hudson River Dredging Begins

After an area has been dredged of contaminated sediment to the EPAs standards, clean backfill is transported on a barge by a tug boat. The backfill replaces dredged sediment and maintains the natural contours of the riverbed. (Photo: EPA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced the start of the sixth, and final, season of dredging of PCB-contaminated sediments from the bottom of the Hudson River. The historic dredging project – one of the largest and most complex cleanups in


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






 
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