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Durbin: Demolition of Rock Pinnacles Could Begin Next Week

File: Inland pushboat and barges.

At the request of Midwest Senators, Army Corps fast tracked process to keep water and goods moving on the Mississippi River. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)  praised the news that a contract has been awarded for the demolition of rock pinnacles in the Mississippi River and the work could begin as early as next week.  In a November 29 meeting with Durbin and five other Midwest Senators, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, agreed to expedite the demolition process in order to help navigation on the Mississippi River. “The Army Corps of Engineers has wasted no time in awarding a contract to demolish these rock pinnacles and improve navigation on the Mississippi River,” said Durbin.  “In addition, the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to brief those directly impacted by the Mississippi’s low water levels on its strategy to prevent serious disruption to traffic along the river.  I plan on convening the meeting as soon as next week with the Army Corps, local officials and stakeholders.” Yesterday, Durbin met with Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Robert Flider to discuss efforts to prevent the disruption of navigation on the Mississippi River due to historic low water levels, and steps that are being taken to minimize the impact this would have on Illinois farming communities


MDC Plans For Debris Management Vessel

The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to acquire a debris management vessel to serve the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District (CELRH) at the Bluestone Lake and Dam project. An option for exercise of a second vessel will be included in the solicitation. The vessel will be used to carry driftwood and debris on both the New River and Bluestone Lake in Southeastern West Virgina


SECDOT to Meet with St. Louis Coast Guard

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta is scheduled to visit with the Coast Guard and maritime industry representatives Thursday, May 16, at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Base. The morning agenda will include a brief tour aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Cheyenne, a 75-foot inland river tender from St. Louis, to learn more about the role of the Coast Guard on the Western Rivers. Secretary Mineta will also meet with local maritime industry stakeholders at the U.S


Conrad Industries Awarded Contract

Conrad Industries has been awarded a $5.5 million contract for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The contract award calls for the design and construction of a 255-foot crane barge with a fully equipped machine and fabrication shop. When delivered, the vessel's primary mission shall be the support of maintenance dredging and repair of navigation structures and facilities for the Nashville District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.


Mississippi River Opens Again: Safety Restrictions Apply

Coastguard D8 Logo

The Coast Guard has re-opened the Mississippi River above Head of Passes following clusure occasioned by a sunken tugboat. Survey operations are ongoing in an effort to locate the sunken 48-foot tug boat C-Pec between mile marker eight and Head of Passes. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River will continue to implement vessel traffic management measures to ensure safe navigation. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed two survey passes from mile marker eight to mile


Specialty Barge To Be Acquired

The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to attain an inland river style specialty barge to serve on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District (CELRL) in support of its mission. Measuring 70 ft. (21.3 m) with a 35 ft. (10.6 m) beam, the vessel will be used to wash mud and debris from lock walls, miter gates and floating approach walls at the Olmstead Lock & Dam. The vessel will be designed


URS Awarded Enviromental Remediation Contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District has awarded two separate contracts to URS Corporation for environmental remediation work at military facilities in Utah and Kansas. At McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, URS will investigate, design and execute environmental remedial actions using a variety of innovative, in-situ remediation technologies to treat chlorinated and petroleum-related contaminants


Funding Aims to Protect Coney Island Erosion

The Federal government will commit $450,000 in funding to protect against Coney Island beach erosion, thanks to a successful funding request by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The Army Corps of Engineers received the funding in the FY03 Omnibus Appropriations Bill for the construction of "T-Groins" (rock jetties) along the beaches of Sea Gate. These T-Groins are the permanent solution recommended in an environmental assessment report, just recently released by the Army Corps


Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Net Arthur Kill Contract

Arthure Kill Channel Area: Image credit US ACE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) contract is for deepening NY/NJ Arthur Kill Channel to 50 feet. The contract area for this project is along Newark Bay, New Jersey and the Arthur Kill, Borough of Staten Island, New York, N.Y. Its  value is $41,368,100, cost-shared with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The project includes drilling, blasting, dredging, and disposal of rock. The Army Corps anticipates that drilling and blasting work on this


Tennessee River Partially Reopened After Allision

Coast Guard reopens portion of Tennessee River to commercial traffic after bridge collapse.   The Coast Guard has reopened a portion of the Tennessee River, Saturday, after a section of the Eggner Ferry Bridge collapsed following an allision with a vessel.The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has deemed the navigable channel safe for commercial transit after completing a channel survey Friday evening and finding no obstructions or debris


Little Rock Port Authority Reports June Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in May was 66,000 net tons.  Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015. Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 274 barges during the first half of 2016 year and 410


Port of Boston Welcomes Largest Cargo Ship to Date

COSCOCS, one of the largest container operators in the world, upgraded its service into the Port of Boston Sunday with a vessel that can carry more than 8,500 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), Conley’s largest cargo ship to date. The Port is responsible for $4


Diesel Spill Forces Closure on the Mississippi

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed Lock and Dam 25 due to diesel in the water on the upper Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri, Wednesday.   An estimated 2,074 gallons of diesel was reportedly released by the towing vessel Jerry Jarrett while transiting the lock and dam


Dredging Begins in Milford Harbor

Photo by Milford Mayors Office

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be dredging MIlford Harbor over the next two weeks, says a press release from Milford Mayor Ben Blake’s office.   Army Corps will be using a 150-foot vessel called the Currituck, which is a special purpose dredge barge.  


Port of Little Rock Reports Strong May Volumes

Photo: Little Rock Port Authority

The Port of Little Rock has reported 73,000 net tons of total barge tonnage in May. Dock activities compared favorably over the previous year with Logistic Services, Inc. (LSI) handling 228 barges during the first five months of the year. 350


Roger Blough Lightering Operations Continue

Lightering operations continue while the vessel Roger Blough is anchored in Waiska Bay to transfer its cargo to the Philip R. Clarke and Arthur M. Anderson. (Photo courtesy of Ken Gerasimos, Key Lakes Shipping)

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor and respond to the motor vessel Roger Blough after the vessel ran aground May 27 on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior.   Lightering operations continue while the vessel is anchored in Waiska Bay to transfer its cargo to the Philip R


Roger Blough Safely Anchored in Waiska Bay

The motor vessel Roger Blough sits anchored in the Waiska Bay anchorage area, June 4, 2016. The vessel was refloated after being aground on rocks for more than a week near the Gros Cap Reefs Light in Lake Superior. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth Kahle.

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor and respond as the motor vessel Roger Blough is safely anchored in Waiska Bay, Saturday afternoon, after the vessel ran aground May 27 on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. The vessel made way under its own power to Waiska Bay where it


Lightering Operations Begin on Grounded Bulker

Motor vessels Phillip R. Clarke and Roger Blough in Lake Superior, June 2, 2016. The Clarke is scheduled to remove some of the taconite from the Blough in order to lighten the Blough so it can be refloated. (Photo courtesy of Transport Canada)

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor and respond as lightering operations begin on the motor vessel Roger Blough, Friday, after the vessel ran aground May 27 on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior.   The Philip R. Clarke arrived on scene with the Blough Thursday afternoon


Update on Roger Blough Salvage

Coast Guard crewmembers continue thier inspections aboard the motor vessel Roger Blough Photo USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor and respond to the motor vessel Roger Blough, Wednesday, after the vessel ran aground Friday afternoon on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. Plans continue to progress to safely free the Blough from Gros Cap Reef through the combined


Coast Guard to Remove Some Navigation Aids in Virginia

Waterway on the Coast of Virginia Federal Navigation Projects and Virginia Inside Passage Discontinued Aids to Navigation (U.S. Coast Guard map)

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to discontinue 166 navigational aids within the Virginia Inside Passage (VIP) due to shoaling and other navigational safety concerns throughout the area.   Fixed aids to navigation will be removed as Coast Guard resources permit over the next several years


Gender Identity Spat Sinks Spending Bill

The rancorous political debate over sexual identity unexpectedly prompted the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to rejected an energy and water spending bill on Thursday after Democrats attached an amendment to protect the rights of transgender people.


Palm Beach Port Commissioners Stop Funding for ACOE Project

Lake Worth Inlet Feasibility Study Image U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners agreed to exclude funding for a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Worth Inlet navigational improvement project from the port’s Master Plan Update. The ACOE project


Senate Approves Strong Funding for USACE

Michael J. Toohey (Photo: WCI)

The FY ’17 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill has been approved by the U.S. Senate in a 90-8 vote, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2017 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Program.  


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 23.4% in April

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5,355,855 tons in April, an increase of 23.4 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Shipments also topped the month’s 5-year average by 18.4 percent.  


Response to Barge Breakaway Continues on the Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to respond to an allision which occurred April 6 and resulted in a multiple-barge breakaway and two sunken barges on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill.   The Army Corps of Engineers completed a survey of the navigational channel and reports the channel is






 
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