The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) summarized its budget request for fiscal year 2009 for civil works. It includes $2.638 billion for operation and maintenance. This is the account from which harbor maintenance and dredging funds are derived. The Civil Works budget consists, in part, of $729 million from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and $167 million from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. Source: HK Law
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issues this statement in support of H.R.3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA): “The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today will consider a critical, bipartisan water infrastructure bill that will boost American competitiveness and create middle-class jobs. The legislation contains needed and long overdue reforms to harbor maintenance funding that will result in a
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
Representative English (R-PA) introduced a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for certain harbor construction activities, and for other purposes. [Source: HK Law]
The U.S. Customs Service issued a final rule establishing procedures for requesting refunds of export harbor maintenance fees. The procedure, which largely adopts the previous interim system, is intended to simplify the refund process by relieving exporters from certain documentary requirements and providing a 120-day period to allow exporters to seek additional refunds. The final rule comes into effect immediately. Source: HK Law
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., introduced legislation that would ensure funding for federal ports and harbors across the nation. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is an original co-sponsor of the bill. If enacted, the bill would help ensure that all revenue collected by the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) would be used for its intended purpose: to properly maintain and operate harbors and ports. The bill has broad bipartisan and multi-regional support
At a news conference the National Press Club, two leaders representing America’s public seaports expressed their concerns about the Administration’s recommended changes to the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grant program and under-funding of the portion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program that provides needed navigation access to ports. Representing the American Association of Port Authorities at the news conference will be Kurt Nagle
Using the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for its intended purpose will end the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes declared a stone shipper at a briefing for the Great Lakes delegation in Washington, DC on April 2 hosted by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force. “We need approximately $200m to clear the dredging backlog on the Great Lakes,” said Thomas Buck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carmeuse Lime & Stone. “The fund collects $1
The end of the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes moved a giant step closer today when a key House committee approved legislation requiring the federal government to spend all the tax dollars it collects for dredging on dredging rather than use nearly half to balance the budget - at least on paper. Section 2007 of H.R. 5892, the Water Resources Development Act of 2010, mandates that all tax revenues annually deposited in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) be used to dredge the
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development completed its mark up of the fiscal 2014 appropriation bill for the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which includes a record $1 billion draw from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for maintaining America’s federal navigation channels and related infrastructure. “AAPA congratulates (Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee) Chairman Diane
In the latest Washington State Ferries 'Weekly Update' newly appointed Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division, Lynne Griffith, sums up as she completes her first week's duties: "As I close out my first week as Assistant Secretary
Today, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) applauded a “Dear Colleague” letter to the leadership of the Senate Committee on Appropriations that was signed by 22 senators, urging appropriators to meet the dredging funding commitments made in the 2014 Water Resources
The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 released last night provides strong funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works mission for inland navigation. Emerging details from the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of
Significant increases seen for Corps’ seaport programs & EPA’s DERA grants. In reviewing the proposed $1.01 trillion Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 hammered out in Congress late yesterday, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) noted
There has been a lot of speculation of late that the gargantuan ice fields covering the Lakes this winter will, when they finally melt, raise water levels significantly and ships will carry more cargo each trip. That is, frankly, very far from certain.
Spend dollars up on dredging, cubic yards moved down. Combined with a reduction in the USACE federal budget, the situation threatens a perfect storm for domestic requirements. U.S. dredging this decade, measured in cubic yards, is only half as active as it was in the early 1960s
On May 22, the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, containing major recommendations of the Capital Development Plan (CDP), was passed by a vote 91-7 in the Senate. As MarineNews was going to press, President Obama finally signed the bill into law
The latest Meercat has been launched for Conwy Harbour Authority, for use as a port service vessel. The monohull vessel Jac Y Do measures 14 x 5 meters and is powered by twin Doosan L136 six-cylinder heavy duty engines each developing 160bhp / 118kW at 2,200rpm, supplied by WaterMota.
Great Lakes legislators played a key role in yesterday’s vote in the House of Representatives to increase the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ national budget by nearly $58 million. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), along with Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif
The rise in Great Lakes water levels has yet to translate into full loads for the U.S.-flag freighters moving iron ore, coal, limestone, cement and other cargos. Vessels continue to routinely leave port with less than a full load on board.
The U.S. House of Representatives has sent another clear signal that it is committed to ending the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes, introducing an amendment to the Energy & Water Appropriations bill that mandates that the Great Lakes Navigation System gets the 10 percent of increased
Interim Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division, Capt. George A. Capacci, says that ongoing investigations suggest that damage to the ferry's propulsion system following a 29, July disabling breakdown may be more extensive than previously thought.
The Harper Government invests in Mamainse and Kinoosao Harbors Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbor improvement project at Mamainse
Overnight engine repairs and a meeting with Ferry Advisory Committee executives are detailed In this excerpt from the latest 'Washington State Ferries Weekly Update', by Capt. George A. Capacci, Interim Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division. "Overnight repairs help maintain service
US Department of Defense informs of placement of contracts for Chesapeake Bay dredging, dry-docking of USS Pearl Harbor, and charter of surface escort vessels. Details as follows: 1. Dredging Norfolk Dredging Company, Chesapeake, Virginia, has been awarded $18,784