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WCI Praises IWTF Tax Reform

Michael J. Toohey (Photo: WCI)

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) President and CEO Michael J. Toohey today praised the leadership of House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) for inclusion of a recommendation to increase, by six cents per-gallon, the 20-cent-per-gallon user fee paid for by inland waterways towboat operators into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF). The IWTF funds new construction and major rehabilitation of priority navigation projects on the nation’s inland waterways system. The recommendation was included in Chairman Camp’s discussion draft of the Tax Reform Act of 2014, released today. The section-by-section summary of the proposal cites as consideration for this increase the letter that WCI and 40 stakeholders sent to the House Ways & Means Committee last September. “In a letter dated September 24, 2013, to the Ways and Means Committee, the Waterways Council and a coalition of nearly 40 stakeholders expressed support for increasing the excise tax that supports the Inland Waterways Trust Fund to at least 26 cents per gallon, in conjunction with spending reforms included in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which passed the House of Representatives on October 23, 2013.” Chairman Camp’s proposal adopts the user fee increase recommended in legislation known as “WAVE 4: Waterways are Vital for the Economy, Energy, Efficiency, and Environment Act of 2013” (H.R

WCI Reacts to ASCE 2013 Report Card

WCI President Michael J. Toohey

Waterways Council, Inc., (WCI) has received the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the inland waterways have received a grade of D-.    The Report Card assesses the condition of a number of the nation’s infrastructure systems, including the inland waterways, and is released every four years.  Each category is evaluated based upon capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance

Inland Waterways Users Board to Meet in DC

The Inland Waterways Users Board, sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will meet in Washington, DC on February 24. Topics on the agenda include funding for inland navigation projects and studies and the status of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. 70 Fed. Reg. 5421 Source: HK Law Source: HK Law

Pushing for Inland Waterways Funding

Stressing the high value to the nation and the critical condition of some of its chief assets, the Inland Waterways Users Board released its Annual Report to Congress, and provides recommendations related to the inland waterways system of the United States. Sent to Assistant Secretary of the Army John Woodley, President of the Senate and Vice President Dick Cheney, and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, this year's report strongly urges Congress and the Administration to view our nation’s

Opposition to Inland Waterways Lockage Tax

The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, criticized the proposal in the Obama Administration's Fiscal Year 2010 budget to replace the inland waterways fuel tax with a lockage tax. A similar idea was proposed by the Bush Administration and rejected by the 110th Congress. AWO urges Congress to reject it again. AWO contended that replacing the excise tax on fuel that equitably distributes taxes on all commercial waterways

Waterways Users Board Testifies Before Senate

Matt Woodruff, a member of the Inland Waterways Users Board, the Waterways Council Board of Directors, and Director- Government Affairs for Kirby Corporation in Houston, Texas, testified before the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works about the essential value of the waterways system to the nation’s economy, jobs and America’s continued competitiveness. He specifically addressed the Inland Waterways Capital Development Plan, a comprehensive

The Quest to Fund Inland Waterways

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Infrastructure Projects: Perhaps Not So Quixotic After All? Over the course of 2014, significant steps forward were taken in the quest to find additional sources of funding for inland waterways infrastructure projects. First came the long awaited and much-celebrated Water Resources, Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) in June, which included several provisions to address the funding needs of the ever-worsening condition of the inland waterways infrastructure

WCI, AWO Welcome Process to Reauthorize WRDA

The Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) and The American Waterways Operators (AWO) expressed their support of the bipartisan process to move a long overdue Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).  House efforts, led by House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), along with Ranking Member Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), as well as Water Resources and Environment Committee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Ranking Member Rep

Waterways Plan Sent to Congress

The Inland Waterways Users Board adopted a final report that accompanies a new comprehensive, consensus-based package of recommendations formulated by an industry and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working group to improve the continued vitality of the U.S. inland navigation system over the next 20 years.  The report and recommendations are being sent to Congress and if adopted, will better address the needs of the entire system and provide more dollars for greatly needed infrastructure

Keeping America's Waterways Open

The Executive Committee of Waterways Council unanimously support 'The Reinvesting in Vital Economic Rivers & Waterways (River) Act of 2013'. The plan, introduced in Pittsburgh -- where some of the most aged locks and dams reside -- would establish a sustainable, cost-effective way to ensure that the inland and intra-coastal waterways of the United States remain economically viable.  This bill, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), would modernize America’s inland waterways system

River Information System Updated in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Transas)

The Consortium BulRIS II led by Transas has completed the second phase of the BULRIS project, funded by the Operational Program "Transport" 2007 – 2013. The system was delivered to the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co

Indian Ports to Improve Operational Efficiency

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

 Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the decline observed in the performance of Major Ports from 2008 to 2014 has reversed and they have shown improvement in their performance in 2015.   

Insights: Tracy Zea, Director-Government Relations, WCI

Tracy R. Zea

Washington-based Tracy R. Zea advocates for Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system. Zea also works to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S

WCI/ICMB Agriculture Video Educates Millions

WCI President Michael J. Toohey

WCI and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board have undertaken a campaign with Google and YouTube to raise public awareness about the critical importance of inland waterways transportation to production agriculture.   The goal of the campaign is to have more than one million people view

Wärtsilä Adds Thruster to Inland River Portfolio

The new Wärtsilä WST-14 thruster

Wärtsilä introduces the latest addition to its thruster product portfolio, the Wärtsilä WST-14 steerable thruster, which represents state-of-the-art azimuthing propeller technology. It is aimed primarily at inland waterway cargo vessel applications

‘Trash Boats’ Help Keep Waterways Clean

Photo: Elastec

Elastec, a U.S. based manufacturer of pollution control equipment, is producing trash and debris collection boats to assist local governments in meeting Clean Water Act standards, aid in the reduction of floating pollutants in waterways and help protect aquatic ecosystems.  

India to Focus on Coastal Shipping

Photo: Directorate General of Shipping

 The Indian ministry of shipping unveiled its vision document for Coastal Shipping, Tourism and Regional Development on Monday at Dona Paula, Goa at the 16th meeting of Maritime States Development Council (MSDC), reports Times of India.  

India to Offer Subsidy to Shipbuilders

Indian Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Official Facebook Page

 Indian Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has said that the Ministry has prepared a scheme to offer subsidy to the shipbuilding industry, says Press Information Bureau of the government.   The proposal has been sent to the Cabinet Ministry for approval

Eastern to Build 4 Towboats for IWL River

Image: ESG

IWL River, Inc., a Impala Terminals Colombia affiliate, and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) on May 20, 2015 signed a contract for the construction of four 134-foot ABS Classed Inland River, Triple Screw Towboats each with a Retractable Pilothouse (ESG Hulls 243-246)

Fourth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

St. Peter (Photo: Master Marine)

The Z-drive revolution on the U.S. Inland Waterways continues with a new delivery from Master Marine In August, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11 ft.  St

Maritime Experts to Debate Coastal Shipping, IWT Prospects

The opportunities and challenges faced by India’s coastal shipping industry as the country strives for a more optimal modal mix among various modes of transport will top the agenda at the upcoming 3rd edition of Coastal Shipping and IWT Business Forum 2015 which takes place at the Marriott

McMurdo Introduces Real-time Fleet Management

Photo: McMurdo

McMurdo  has announced PRISMA Connect, a web-based integrated fleet management system that connects ship to shore in real-time for improved communication and operational efficiencies, as well as increased crew productivity with two-way messaging and electronic forms capture.

WCI Names Zea as Director

Tracy Zea (Photo: WCI)

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) has named Tracy R. Zea as its Director-Government Relations, effective August 4.  He will be based in the Washington, D.C. office and will primarily advocate for WCI’s goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient

NBKB Surveys for Inland Vessels

Photo: BMT Group

Jaco Osseweijer of Verweij & Hoebee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, is an expert on inland navigation vessels. As Chairman of the technical committee of the Netherlands Bureau for Inspections of inland navigation vessels (NBKB) he is involved in the mandatory inspection regime for these vessels

CNOOC Acquires Asia's 1st LNG Powered Tug

Asia’s first tugboat Hai Yang Shi You 525, designed to operate solely on liquefied natural gas as ship’s fuel

  China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has taken delivery of Asia’s first tugboat Hai Yang Shi You 525, designed to operate solely on liquefied natural gas as ship’s fuel. Hai Yang Shi You 525, the first of two tugs built by the Zhenjiang shipyard for CNOOC

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