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USACE Deploys Data Buoy Off R.I. Coast

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District, and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) have partnered to perform an extensive study of the shoreline in southern Rhode Island. This study, known as the Rhode Island Regional Sediment Management (RSM) Plan, is a multi-year program focused on developing a plan for managing sand as a resource rather than as a waste product. The foundation of this study is numerical modeling which is highly dependent on site specific wave data. As part of this study, a significant level of data collection, surveying and numerical modeling will be performed. Currently deployed wave buoys do not provide the wave data that is necessary to conduct this study. Therefore, it was decided to acquire and deploy a new directional wave buoy. The buoy measures both wave height and direction. The New England District and the Corps' Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) have partnered with Scripps Oceanographic Institute Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) to facilitate the buoy purchase, deployment and data processing. The New England District will be primarily responsible for buoy maintenance and retrieval should it be necessary. Ship time for buoy placement is provided by Dr. John King of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.


GAO Report Examines Corps Restrictions on Hopper Dredges

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report entitled -'Corps of Engineers Effects of Restrictions on Corps Hopper Dredges Should be Comprehensively Analyzed


American Rivers calls for Review of Corps Studies

Independent review of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' studies can help prevent the construction of more ecologically destructive and fiscally wasteful water projects, according to testimony delivered by American Rivers to the House of Representatives. The House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment examined the use of peer review to ensure scientifically and economically sound decision-making at the Corps and other federal agencies.


U.S. Foreign Waterborne Transportation Statistics

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Bulletin


Federal Agreement on Missouri River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a News Release


Horizon Shipbuilding Delivers Motor Vessel to Army Corps

The General Irwin (Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding Inc.).

Bayou La Batre, Alabama - Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. has delivered the M/V General Irwin, an inland river towboat, to the Army Corps of Engineers in Eufala, Alabama. The General Irwin is equipped with two steering rudders and four flanking rudders, and is powered by two Caterpillar diesel engines, providing 770 horsepower to her 48-inch propellers. Her hull speed when towing is four knots; her full speed is eight knots.


Port of Houston Deepening Project Hits Legal Snag

The Port of Houston Authority Commissioners voted recently to appeal the U.S. District Court's January 25 ruling that the Port should pay for the removal and relocation of pipelines to accommodate the widening and deepening of the Houston Ship Channel. "We believe Congress clearly specified in 1996 that pipeline owners, not the taxpayers of Harris County, should pay for the removal and relocation of pipelines needed to widen and deepen the Ship Channel," said Port Chairman James T. Edmonds


Low Water Hampers River Traffic

Already low water on the Mississippi River around St. Louis was expected by this weekend to approach levels too shallow for barge transportation, and a damaged lock slowed river traffic near Davenport, Iowa, river officials said Thursday. The St. Louis gauge for the Mississippi was at 3.0 feet on Wednesday and was forecast to hit 0.0 feet by Saturday. River traffic can continue operation through St. Louis until the gauge hits -3


Dock Expansion at Oil Refinery Requires EIS

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) with regard to a proposal for a doubling of the dock space at an oil refinery on Puget Sound. The refinery had one dock that it utilized for both offloading crude oil from tankers and loading refined product. The refinery sought a permit from the Corps to build a second dock so that the two functions could be performed separately


Charleston Harbor Deepening Project Receives Final Approval

Press Release - The 52-foot Charleston Harbor Deepening Project announced receipt of its Chief's Report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, their final substantive approval required for the project to progress through construction. The report by Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to the Secretary of the Army outlines the recommendation of deepening the Charleston Harbor channel to 52 feet and entrance channel to 54 feet


Michigan Governor Calls for 2nd Poe-sized Lock

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (Official Portrait)

A second Poe-sized Lock is critical to the future of Michigan and the United States, declared Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in his State of the State address on January 19, and he pledged to work with Congress to build it, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported.


SUPSALV & Finding El Faro

Captain Gregg W. Baumann discusses with CBS ‘60 Minutes’ anchor Scott Pelley  the technology to be deployed in the search for El Faro. The feature El Faro spot aired on CBS on Sunday, January 3, 2016.  If you missed it, view the 60 Minutes video here:http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/lost-in-the-bermuda-triangle  (Courtesy of U.S. Navy/CBS ‘60 Minutes’)

Last month we were offered an in-depth discussion on marine salvage with Captain Gregg W. Baumann, U.S. Navy, Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. Captain Baumann and his team have a long history regarding difficult missions accomplished


U.S. Seaports: Cargo Volumes Rise 3.1%

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Seaports are seeing a steady rise in waterborne cargo volumes according to new numbers from U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s report. Overall, 2014 freight tonnages increased 3.1 percent over 2013 totals. The Corps of Engineers’ Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center tracks the commercial


Inland Vessel Profile: USACE’s Dan Reeves

M/V Dan Reeves (Photo by Richard Dollison)

The newly built M/V Dan Reeves was commissioned in January of 2016 for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Little Rock District. Built by Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., overseen by the USACE Marine Design


Crowley Breaks Ground on San Juan Terminal

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc. has broken ground on a $48.5-million construction project for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the company announced.   The project includes the development of a new 900-foot-long


US Seaports Eye Increased Funding

Photo: Port of Houston Authority

In reviewing the $1.15 trillion amount in the U.S. House-Senate conference agreement released last night for the fiscal 2016 omnibus appropriations bill (HR 2029), the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in America—noted that


Highest Funding for Corps, Navigation Programs

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  WCI today applauded the work of negotiators to reach a final agreement last night for an FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program under the Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill


Charleston Harbor Deepening Project in PED Phase

PreConstruction Engineering and Design Agreement signed; appropriations bill passes with funding for key Port projects     This week's signing of the PreConstruction Engineering and Design Agreement and passage of the omnibus appropriations bill with construction funding for Charleston


Rising Mississippi Floodwaters Slow Barge Traffic

Rapidly rising floodwaters brought barge traffic to a near standstill on the middle section of the Mississippi River on Monday, halting shipments of goods such as soybeans, concrete and road salt, government officials and traders said. The deadly storms have killed more than 40 people in


Coast Guard Closes Portion of Upper Mississippi

File Image: A barge fleeting area on the Mississippi River (WCI)

The Coast Guard yesterday has closed a portion of the Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic from mile markers 184 to 179, due to hazardous condition on the river near St. Louis. Capt. Martin Malloy, Upper Mississippi River Captain of the Port


Coast Guard Advises Western River Closures, Restrictions

File image: a Mississippi River fleeting operation. (WCI)

The United States 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


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes USACE Repairs

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has completed a multi-vessel drydocking and repair contract for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District Floating Plant, and all vessels were redelivered on December 28, 2015.  


BMT Secures US Navy Environmental Contract

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro

Press release - BMT Designers & Planners, a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been awarded a United States Navy Environmental Quality Programs Support contract at a value of $43 million over five years


Coal Barges Sink near Vicksburg, Miss.

The towing vessel Ron W. Callegan with 22 barges allided with the Vicksburg Railroad Bridge, near Vicksburg, Miss., after which nine barges containing coal broke free, two of which sank.   The U.S. Coast Guard has implemented a safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River from mile marker 438


Charleston Harbor Deepening Project Clears Next Hurdle

The 52-foot Charleston Harbor Deepening Project was recommended to Congress for authorization this week, continuing the project's momentum through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) planning process.   Known as the Record of Decision






 
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