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USACE Programs Come Under Bush Gaze

The Bush administration may require independent reviews of Army Corps of Engineers' plans for projects that are expensive or controversial to avoid a repeat of the Mississippi River dams study that was found rigged in favor of the project. "The administration is evaluating additional steps, including the need for independent review of Corps planning reports involving controversial or costly projects," the White House said in its fiscal 2002 budget proposal. The Corps is responsible for building dams, flood plains and other public works projects. The president's proposed budget for the federal government included $3.9 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, a 14 percent cut from last year. The National Academy of Sciences was to issue a study later on Wednesday analyzing the Corps' handling of a billion-dollar project to upgrade aging locks and dams on the Mississippi River. A U.S. special counsel recently accused top Corps officials of manipulating data in a pre-construction study to justify the huge public works project that would create jobs for the agency and please farm and shipping groups. Environmentalist groups contend the Corps' study was based on inflated estimates of future barge traffic on the Mississippi River, and that the construction project would threaten wildlife. On Tuesday, Corps chief Major Gen. Robert Flowers told a Senate subcommittee the agency would delay releasing a draft study on the Mississippi River project until September. Republican Sen


Organizations Shoot Down Budget with HSF

The Administration's FY 01 budget request for the USACE' Civil Works program calls for nearly $1 billion in new taxes on the maritime industry to fund a Harbor Services Fund (HSF). The Administration has proposed a replacement for the Harbor Maintenance Tax, which the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional in March 1998, with a new tax on commercial vessels that use federal navigation channels in U.S. harbors. A variety of maritime organizations reacted strongly to inclusion of the HSF


Navy Budgets for Future Force

President Bush submitted his 2007 fiscal year (FY) budget request to Congress recently, which included the Navy's $127 billion budget proposal. The president's budget request was also accompanied by the recently released Department of Defense's Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The Navy's proposed budget boasts a $4.4 billion increase from last year's baseline appropriations. If approved, the FY07 - FY11 budget provides the necessary funding levels to sustain current readiness


Port Industry Urges Congress To Fund Investments

During testimony today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, port director Erik Stromberg urged Congress to provide adequate funding for deep draft navigation projects. Stromberg is executive director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority in Wilmington, N.C. He testified on behalf of the American Association of Port Authorities, a trade association representing ports in the Western Hemisphere.


Navy Budget Proposal Causes Commotion on Capitol Hill

Just when it seemed as though the U.S. Navy, which has served more than any other military sector as the budget whipping post in the post Cold War era, was positioned to attract long overdue funds, the budget rug was once again pulled. In proposing a Pentagon budget of $379 billion … a $48 billion increase … the Bush administration has again shorted the U.S. Navy. Reaction from Capitol Hill was swift and without censor, as lawmakers and lobbying groups weighed in with equal fury


Senator Nelson Calls for More Security Money

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson called on Congress and the administration to do more to sufficiently fund port security or risk a potentially devastating attack at one of the nation's coastal sites believed to be highly vulnerable to terrorists. Without more funds for seaport security, Nelson told port officials in Tampa today, the United States won't be able to significantly increase the inspection rate of arriving shipping containers, which is now at just 3 percent.


Civil Works Budget Proposes $4.06 Billion Program

President Clinton's budget transmitted to Congress includes $4.06 billion for the USACE Civil Works program. In addition the program will include $322 million in non-federal contributions and trust fund receipts. Funding in this request will be used to continue the development of the nation's water resources, the efficient operations, maintenance and management of the nation's navigation, flood damage reduction, and multiple-purpose projects, the equitable regulation of wetlands


No Leg Left to Stand On -- An Obituary for MarAd?

Unless things change dramatically, I am writing as the last Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration (MarAd). At least the MarAd we have known, sometimes loved, but always needed for the last 50 years. As I look at the Administration's budget proposals to transfer management of the Maritime Security Program (MSP) to the Department of Defense (DOD) and eliminate funding for the Title XI shipbuilding loan guarantee program


US Rep. Expects Congress to Add Ships to Defense Budget

U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., said that lawmakers will try to add extra ships to the Navy budget, in addition to whatever the Pentagon requests, The Marketplace reported. Taylor said that President George W. Bush isn't fully focused on military needs as the White House prepares its 2008 budget proposal. As a result, Congress ought to use earmarks or other tools to step in, he said. Taylor is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and leads its subcomittee in charge of


Hearing on FY11 budget: USCG, MARAD, FMC

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on the FY 2011 Budget for the Coast Guard, the Maritime Administration, and the Federal Maritime Commission. The Subcommittee noted that budget request for FY 2011 represented a 0.4% decrease for the Coast Guard; a 3% decrease for MARAD; and a 5.8% increase for the FMC. Committee Chair James Oberstar (D - MN) expressed great concern regarding the projected


AAPA Sees Just One Bright Spot in President's Fiscal 2015 Budget

Kurt Nagle: Photo credit AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), on behalf of its United States member seaports, expresses both encouragement and disappointment over the funding levels and programmatic changes in federal port-related programs proposed in the President’s FY 2015 budget.


Navy's US$148-Billion FY 2015 Budget: Tough Choices Made

Navy Budget 2015: Image courtesy of USN

Rear Admiral William Lescher, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget explains that in a period of fiscal austerity, the Department of the Navy’s $148 billion FY15 budget balances investments in presence, capabilities and readiness to provide sustainable forward naval presence and


MacGregor Wins Damen RoRo Contract

Each of the new ice-class ferries will be equipped with MacGregor bow doors, a bow ramp/door, a stern ramp, shell doors and a hoistable car deck system

RoRo equipment contract for Damen is supported by MacGregor's experience with Canadian ferry services MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract from Dutch shipbuilding group, Damen Shipyards, for the design and delivery of key components for RoRo access equipment for two 80m ice-class


SSI Speaks in Washington about LCS Program Cuts

Image courtesy SSI

SSI USA Director of Operations Patrick Roberts recently had meetings with U.S. senators, congressmen and navy brass to discuss the upcoming Pentagon Department of Defense Budget as it relates to the U.S. Navy shipbuilding programs. It was noted that Roberts' position is somewhat unique in that


Indian Board to Review Offshore Vessel Deal

The Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Board is expected to take up a proposal to place orders with the Netherland's IHC Offshore & Marine BV for a well stimulation vessel for about $244 million against the company's budget estimate of $150 million.


Garamendi Advocates for Rebuilding USCG Fleet

Rep. John Garamendi (second from right) questions a witness before the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Calif.), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, announced his strong concern regarding the critical need to provide reliable and sufficient funding to recapitalize the Coast


WSTC to Seek Public View on Proposed Fare Increases

WSFs Walla-Walla: Photo courtesy of WSF

Aross-the-board proposed ferry fare increases: Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) to hold public consultations. The increase is necessary to ensure the state meets the ferry-fare-revenue target set by the Legislature in the recently enacted 2013 - 2015 transportation budget.


Plan to Build NY-NJ LNG Terminal Gets Cold Reception

A proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal off the coasts of New York and New Jersey received a largely negative response at a public hearing in a suburban New York community still struggling to recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, reports Bloomberg.


ICS Challenges Proposed Accounting Standards

Peter Hinchliffe

The global trade association for shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has submitted detailed comments to the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) on its controversial proposals to overhaul international accounting rules for leases


China's Pingtan Sells Subsidiary Companies to Chairman

Nasdaq-listed Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (PME) is to sell its 100% owned dredging subsidiary, China Dredging Group  and its PRC operating subsidiaries, Fujian Xing Gang Port Service Co., Ltd. business and operating assets to an affiliate of the Company's Chairman


Canada: Damen to Deliver 80m Ice Class Ferry

Photo: Damen

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government has awarded Damen Shipyards Group an order for a state-of-the-art, 80 m Ice Class ferry, which will operate on the Fogo Island-Change Islands service. Scheduled for delivery in September 2015


U.S. Port Security and the Impact of Sequester & Budget Woes

Coast Guard transportable port security boats attached to Port Security Unit 308 and riverine command boats from Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2 practice maneuvers together in the Intracoastal Waterway in North Carolina. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Brunson)

Impact of the Sequester and Budget Showdowns on Ports and Port Security & the Outlook for WRDA   This article describes the impact of the “sequester” and budget showdowns on ports and port security, and also gives a preview of the House-Senate Conference on the Water


Bid for Wärtsilä Corporation Takeover Not Yet on Agenda

Wärtsilä logo

The Wärtsilä Board of Directors informs that it notes recent speculation about a potential transaction between Rolls-Royce Plc and Wärtsilä Corporation, and wishes to clarify as follows: "We confirm the approach by Rolls-Royce with a preliminary proposal for a possible


USCG Selects Eastern as OPC Project Finalist

Image: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. of Panama City, Fla. announced it has been selected as one of the three finalists to design the United States Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC). In accordance with the terms of the $22 million dollar Phase I finalist award cap


Quest for More Lethal U.S. Warship Could Raise Cost

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2). U.S. Navy photo by Doug Sayers

By Andrea Shalal, Reuters Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's decision to stop building the current class of coastal warships after 32 vessels and focus on ships with more firepower and protection will result in higher costs, U.S. defense officials said on Monday.


 
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