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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


Good News for Inland Waterways - Just in Time

On January 17, 2014, Congress averted another government shutdown with a “just in time” delivery of an Omnibus Appropriations bill. Thankfully, some good news for the inland waterways also has arrived; Just in Time! The recent Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, or Omnibus bill, has brought a healthy funding level to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This new law contains the FY 2014 Energy & Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that funds the


WRRDA: Charting a New Course

Innovative Financing for the Inland Waterways Infrastructure Out of a Congress long on budgetary constraints and short on bipartisanship has come the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA)—and by wide margins, no less


DMC Builds the Smallest Ever Nozzle

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Marine Components (DMC), part of Damen Shipyards Group, announced it has smashed its propeller nozzle world record by 33 percent downwards. This downsizing to an inside diameter of 665 millimeters only - from the previous 1,000 mm ‘entry level model’ - marks a new milestone for


Port of Hamburg Opens Office in NRW

With the opening of a representative office in North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the second most important region of the German market for Hamburg, the Port of Hamburg’s internationally active marketing organization is making a point. From July 18


MTU Powers Fleet of Inland Waterway Towboats

Installing new MTU engines has improved Southern Towing’s fuel consumption and maneuverability.

Industry-leading Ironmen diesel engines power four new builds and two repowers in Southern Towing’s inland waterway fleet MTU, the specialist for propulsion and power systems for ships and commercial marine equipment, has been selected by Memphis-based Southern Towing Company to power six


Thrustmaster Closes OTC with Dutch Barge Company Deal

Left to Right: Thrustmasters Hans Hoek, Jan Terlouw, Dutch Barge Companys Henk Kapitein, and Thrustmasters President Joe Bekker.

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion equipment based out of Houston, closed out this year's OTC by placing ink to paper after signing a contract on the trade show floor with the Dutch Barge Company Thursday to supply a complete thruster package.


Finding More Bangladesh Ferry Victims Unlikely

A Bangladeshi official said on Friday there was no chance of finding further survivors of a ferry that sank in a storm with about 200 people on board, the latest in a series of fatal ferry accidents to hit the poverty-stricken country. Twenty-eight people are known to have drowned when the M.V


AWO Praises Final WRRDA Agreement

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti issued a statement on behalf of U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge operators praising House and Senate leaders for their work in forging “critically needed” waterways infrastructure legislation and urged Congress to quickly pass the Water Resources


Bangladesh Salvages Capsized Ferry, 54 Bodies Recovered

Search for bodies in the stricken river ferry in Bangladesh

  Rescue workers in Bangladesh completed the search of a stricken river ferry on Saturday, bringing the number of bodies recovered to 54 two days after the vessel capsized with around 200 people on board. "We were able to salvage the capsized ferry today and there are no more


Waterways Council, Inc. Welcomes WRRDA Passage

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Urges President’s Signature into Law. Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) today celebrated the passage of the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, containing major recommendations of the Capital Development Plan (CDP*).  WCI urges the President to sign the bill into law


U.S. Senate passes $12.3 billion WRRDA Bill

file photo: an inland pushboat and its barges on the Mississippi River

The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation that authorizes spending on inland waterways and port infrastructure, and tackles flood protection and measures to limit damage from storms. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) passed by 91 to 7 after being


FMC's Doyle: LNG Bunkering Needs to Move Forward

FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle

FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle delivered the keynote address to LNG Bunkering North America conference Vancouver, Canada, providing insight into LNG as a marine fuel and LNG bunkering. "Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering in North America is moving forward


Civil Works Funding of U.S. Army Corps lauded

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  Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) today praised the House Appropriations Committee’s Energy & Water Subcommittee approval, by unanimous voice vote, the FY ’15 appropriations bill that funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program. 


Come Together, Right Now …

Collaboration is a wonderful thing.  And in Washington, DC, it seems to be a concept that has become more alien than ever before, with partisan politics that have gripped the nation’s capital. But teamwork is alive and well in the inland waterways industry when it comes to supporting


ISOA Award Recognizes SCI’s Offshore Outreach

The International Support Vessel Owners Association (ISOA) has made an award to support maritime industry workers served by the Seamen’s Church Institute.   The International Support Vessel Owners Association (ISOA) recognized the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) service


Congress Gets It Done with WRRDA

Michael J. Toohey, President and CEO, Waterways Council, Inc.

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






 
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