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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


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


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


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


Genscape Increases US Inland Waterways Coverage

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Genscape, a provider of real-time data and intelligence for the global commodity and energy markets, has announced the complete integration of more than 400 terrestrial AIS antennas in North America, providing an unprecedented level of data accuracy and visibility into ship movements in the U


India Announces Projects Status of Inland Waterways

Image: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

 The Shipping Ministry of India has announced the details of various ongoing major projects for development of National Waterways (NWs), which are as under four divisions.    The government also revealed the techno–economic feasibility studies and Detailed Project Report


Kalmar's First Order for Empty Container Handlers

Empty Container Handler Photo Kalmar

Kalmar received an order from the Port of Vienna's WienCont Container Terminal for three new twin lift capability empty container handlers. Delivery and start-up is set for April 2017.   The contract marks the first order of equipment from Kalmar's DCG80-100 empty container handler range


[Op/Ed] WRDA: Dredging up Progress

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Digging out the small ports and harbors that serve as the on-ramps to the maritime super highway is important work.   We support the WRDA language that makes our water commerce system work productively. The Presidentially-appointed Mississippi River Commission in its public meetings


Fuel Data Analysis Improves Performance

(Photo: Royston Diesel Power)

Enginei fuel monitoring systems provide comprehensive fuel data analysis and reporting options to provide vessel owners and operators with detailed engine performance and other mission critical information.   To support workboats, offshore support fleets and inland waterway operators along


Sagarmala: Revolutionizing Logistics Through Port Led Development

Sagarmala, the ambitious program for ‘Port-led development’ in the country is all set to change the logistics sector performance by optimizing India’s logistics modal mix.  The flagship program by the Ministry of Shipping  will help in reducing the logistics cost for


ABS Gains AWO RCP Auditor Status

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AWO qualifies ABS to perform towing safety management audits   ABS has been approved by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP), a safety management system for tugboat, towboat and barge companies


Cargo Commitments for Multimodal Terminal at Haldia

Photo: Haldia International Container Terminal

 The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has received a commitment for transport of 5.92 million tons (MTs) of cargo volume per annum through the Multimodal Terminal at Haldia by the year 2018.    This follows a series of consultations IWAI held at Haldia with various


MARAD Grant Boosts Container Barge Efficiency

Photo: Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Container Loading Equipment to Provide Greater Efficiencies for Container on Barge Service Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.   The Port of New Orleans and the Port of Greater Baton Rouge will acquire specialized container loading equipment to increase efficiencies to the current


India: Sops for Coastal Shipping of Fertilizers

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Official Twitter Page

 The policy for reimbursement of freight for movement of phosphatic and potassic (P&K) fertilizers under the Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) Policy and for urea has been extended to movement by coastal shipping and inland water transportation.   


74 Foss Maritime Vessels Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Wedell Foss assisting the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin Photo Foss Maritime

 With a combined 843 years without an incident, 74 Foss Maritime and subsidiary companies' tugs and tank barges have been recognized by a major maritime organization for their environmental records. The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) announced the 2016Environmental Achievement


India to Develop 37 Waterways Projects in 3 Years

Photo: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

 A decision to undertake development of National Waterways (NWs) declared under The National Waterways Act, 2016 is based on Techno Economic Feasibility Study and Detailed Project Report, commissioned on each of them, by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).   


Waterways Council Elects Parker as Chairman

Tim Parker (Photo: Waterways Council)

As its Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting in Cincinnati on November 15, 2016, Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) named Tim Parker, President of Parker Towing, as its Chairman of the Board. Parker succeeds Merritt Lane, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canal Barge Company.


European Cooperation Essential in Strengthening Inland Navigation

The panellists stressed the need of developing one strong voice for inland navigation in Europe. From left Gunnar Platz, Jukka Hasu, Roland Hörner, Sławomir Kopyść, Karin de Schepper and Stefan Breitenbach Photo Port of Hamburg

European cooperation is necessary in order to integrate inland waterway transport better into the multimodal logistic chains. This opinion was shared by around 130 participants from Poland, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, Finland, Belgium and Czech Republic


ZF Marine Grows Presence in Louisiana

ZF Marine New location rendering (Photo: ZF Marine)

ZF Marine, the marine business unit of the global ZF Group, said it has secured a new location for its Gulf of Mexico/Inland Waterway sales and service operations.   The company opened its wholly owned location in the greater New Orleans area in late 1996






 
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