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AWO Urges for Congressional Support

At the Annual Barge-In, members of the American Waterways Operators discuss economic, environmental and commercial issues with members of Congress. (Photo: American Waterways Operators)

Nation's Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry to Call on Congress: Urge Support for Vessel Discharge Reforms, American Jobs and Waterways Reliability   The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, will be calling on Congress tomorrow, April 15, during AWO's Barge-In, an annual event that will bring 170 vessel owners and operators together in over 150 meetings with Senators and Representatives.   At the Annual Barge-In, members of the American Waterways Operators discuss economic, environmental and commercial issues with members of Congress.   "AWO members play a vital role in ensuring the safe and efficient movement of the nation's critical cargo," said Tom Allegretti, President & CEO of the American Waterways Operators. "The tugboat, towboat and barge industry directly employs tens of thousands of workers while supporting hundreds of thousands more. We want to ensure that Congress understands the value of our industry to the nation and the importance of our key public policy priorities."   Vessel Discharge Reform Legislation Among the group's top priorities is securing bipartisan support for enactment of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act in 2015. This measure, S. 373/H.R.980, would replace a patchwork of overlapping and conflicting federal and state regulations with a uniform, science-based federal framework for vessel discharge regulation

Coast Guard Approves Barge Industry Security Plan

The American Waterways Operators' (AWO) Model Vessel Security Plan for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry has been approved by the Coast Guard. AWO developed the security plan after 9/11 to protect people and property and prevent vessels from being used as weapons of mass destruction. The Model Plan was developed in close consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by a special AWO Security Working Group

NTSB Releases Finding of I-40 Accident Investigation

The nation’s tugboat, towboat, and barge industry is committed to improving public safety and preventing accidents involving vessels and bridges, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) pledged as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the results of its investigation of the May 2002 I-40 bridge accident at Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. AWO President Thomas A. Allegretti called the NTSB findings “important information that will help our industry and make the traveling public

American Waterways Operators Concerned at Low Water Levels

Low-water levels resulting from severe drought conditions in the US Midwest have potential for significant national economic consequences. The low-water levels resulting from severe drought conditions in the Midwest are a stark contrast to the historic flooding of 2011 but share the same potential for significant economic consequences, said Tom Allegretti, President & CEO of American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the nation’s tugboat

AWO Celebrates 70th


The American Waterways Operators celebrates its 70th anniversary as a trade association, founded on May 20, 1944, to advocate for towboat and barge operators in response to changing national transportation needs and the new regulatory climate emerging during World War II. The association has grown into a national organization representing tugboat, towboat and barge operators on the inland waterways, along the coasts, on the Great Lakes, and in ports and harbors around the country

Antwerp Port Promoting Barge Projects

Instream campaign

Antwerp is the leading barge port in Europe. Now with its Instream campaign it is showcasing its barge facilities. Each week more than 915 barges call at the port of Antwerp carrying project cargo, containers and dry and liquid bulk to and from northern France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Keeping this barge traffic flowing smoothly requires efficient collaboration between all partners in the chain.

Mystic Seaport Tugboats Exhibit

Tugs!, an interactive exhibition that will trace the past, present and future of the American tug, tow and barge industry, will open at Mystic Seaport Saturday, May 22. Designed for visitors of all ages, Tugs! will detail how tugboats play a crucial role in our 21st-century economy that is vital to American commerce and economic success.  With more than 5,000 registered tugboats and towboats operating in the U.S

AWO Hails New Deadlines for Towing Vessel Inspection Regs

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hails the enactment of provisions in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281) that bring the industry one step closer to a historic towing vessel inspection regulation to improve safety in the towing industry.  Section 701 of the Act requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding inspection

AWO Urged Action on Waterways Infrastructure

Tom Allegretti

As part of the American Waterways Operators’ annual Barge-In, U.S. vessel owners, operators and mariners are fanning out all over Capitol Hill today visiting nearly 150 Congressional offices to talk about the industry’s top advocacy priorities and the industry’s important role as economic generators, safety leaders and environmental stewards. The group’s advocacy priorities this year include: ensuring final passage of needed water resources development legislation;

MN 100: Kirby Inland Marine


55 Waugh Dr, #1000 Houston, TX 77007 Tel: (713) 435-1000   Email: Website: President: William G. Ivey The Company: Kirby Corporation is a premier tank barge operator in the United States, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, along all three U.S. Coasts, and in Alaska and Hawaii

AWO Working Hard for the Domestic Workboat Market

Higman Barges by Capt. Darren Istre

The year 2015 has been a busy year for The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, and for the industry AWO is privileged to represent. It’s a dynamic time for a vital industry that constitutes the largest segment of the U.S

‘Double Skin’ Oil Barge Delivered to Vane Brothers

Double Skin 509A (Photo: BHGI)

The Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of a 55,000 BBL double hull oil barge, Double Skin 509A. Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) was contracted by the builder Conrad Industries to develop the design of the 361’ x 62’ x 24.5’, 55,000 BBL double skin tank barge

AWO Calls on Congress for Vessel Discharges Bill

A federal appeals court ruling handed down this week underscores the urgent need for Congress to pass the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) and establish a uniform federal framework for the regulation of ballast water and other vessel discharges

Ingram Wins EPA 2015 SmartWay Excellence Award

 Chuck Arnold, Ingram’s VP of Business & Strategic Development

Ingram Barge Company was honored today with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a true industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.   “We’re so proud to be an industry leader in environmental

‘Securing’ the Inland Markets with Innovative Standardization

(All images courtesy of Patterson Manufacturing)

Patterson Manufacturing follows its substantial success in the barge winch markets with an equally impressive boat-to-barge coupling system.  In 2008, Pittsburgh-based Patterson Manufacturing Company developed the YoYo Barge Winch, a revolutionary design that reflected a total re-thinking

WesPac to Build N. America’s First LNG Bunker Barge

Image: WesPac Midstream

WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac), a provider of energy infrastructure and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions, and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the global facilitator of tailored solutions for Emission Control Area (ECA) compliance

GTT Receives Order for LNG Bunker Barge

Image: GTT

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced that its U.S. subsidiary GTT North America (GTTNA) has received an order for one LNG bunker barge.  

Coast Guard Foundation Announces Annual 8th District Salute Honorees

     Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

  The Coast Guard Foundation announced that it will honor Thomas Allegretti and the American Waterways Operators (AWO), a motor lifeboat crew from Pensacola, Florida, and an aircrew from Air Station Houston, Texas at its Annual Salute to the 8th Coast Guard District on Friday

Senate Committee Approves Vessel Discharge Reform Legislation

John Thune (R-SD), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation  (Official Senate portrait)

  The effort to establish a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges took another step forward as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved S. 373, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, with strong bipartisan support.    

EPA’s SmartWay Initiative Makes Way on the Water

Photo: Donald Hutton

Exhaustive studies by The National Waterways Foundation (NWF), a center for research and learning where industry leaders address public policy issues related to America’s inland waterways system, conclude that inland waterways transport generates fewer emissions of particulate matter

Getting Onboard the Regulatory Train

Joseph Keefe is the lead commentator of

Rail transport activists, analysts and environmentalists get a real taste of what the waterfront has endured for decades. They’ll just have to get in line with the rest of us.   This week finds the collective domestic oil industry wringing its hands about the latest in a series of

2015: An Action Year for Subchapter M

Jennifer Carpenter

For all of the predictions and prognostications that have been made over the last ten years, one thing is objectively true: the publication of Subchapter M – the U.S. Coast Guard’s long-awaited towing vessel inspection rule – is closer than it’s ever been.

Ingram Barge’s Sehrt Elected AWO Chairman

David G. Sehrt, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineering Officer of Ingram Barge Company

The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, elected a new slate of leaders during its Spring Convention held recently in Washington, D.C.   

MoU Ensures Dialog Between US Rivers Leaders

Photo: U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers

Leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the inland towing industry signed a memorandum of understanding today, designed to ensure consistent communications and support efficient and safe movement of commerce on the western rivers of the United States. 

MARAD Approves Title XI Loan for Gray Offshore

Julius (Photo: Gray Offshore)

A $12 million Title XI loan guarantee supporting the recent construction of three oceangoing deck barges was recently approved by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).   The three barges, Julius, Cordie and Gwendolyn, were built by Conrad Industries for barge leasing company Gray

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