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WCI Endorses American Waterworks Act

Michael J. Toohey

New Waterways/Ports funding proposal will create jobs, relieve traffic congestion, increase exports. At its Board of Directors meeting held yesterday in Houston, Waterways Council, Inc.’s Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the  American Waterworks Act, proposed in late October by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to modernize America’s inland waterways and ports.   The new waterways funding plan would: Remove the requirement that Olmsted Lock and Dam be funded using Inland Waterways Trust Fund revenues (currently Olmsted Lock on the Ohio River has been  consuming the vast majority of all the annual funding available for inland lock construction and rehabilitation and removing it from the Inland Waterways Trust  Fund will free up revenue to address needed lock and dam repairs across the country); Provide full Federal funding for maintenance of harbors up to 50 feet deep (currently it is only full funding up to 45 feet, but the Panama Canal  expansion will accommodate ships with a 50-foot depth); Establish an accounting method for revenues from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund that will allow those revenues to offset annual Harbor Maintenance  spending; Speed up construction permit approval and provide states with the ability to appeal slow moving regulatory decision making;


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


Mecklenborg Testifies on Behalf of WCI to House Subcommittee

Daniel P. Mecklenborg, First Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) (and Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Ingram Barge Company) testified today on behalf of WCI before the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, U.S. House of Representatives. The topic of Mr. Mecklenborg’s testimony was the current status and future of the Nation’s inland waterway navigation infrastructure


Whitfield, Costello File Legislation to Strengthen Inland Waterways

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, with Representative Jerry Costello (D-IL-12), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today filed the Waterways Are Vital for the Economy, Energy, Efficiency, and Environment Act of 2012 (WAVE4 Act) with bipartisan co-sponsorship. The Act aims to ensure safe, dependable, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable navigation on the U.S


Waterways Work! Lauds Congress for FY '04 Energy & Water Development Appropriations

Waterways Work! hailed the House's overwhelming passage of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill conference report by a vote of 387 to 36 yesterday afternoon. The FY '04 conference report project funding total for projects funded from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund is approximately $271 million for lock and dam improvement projects. This amount represents the highest level of funding since 1993. While still short of Waterways Work!'s recommended allocation of $300


Waterways Council, Inc. Endorses River Act of 2013

WCI President/CEO Michael J. Toohey

In a special meeting called to consider this proposal, the Executive Committee of Waterways Council, Inc. unanimously voted to support The Reinvesting in Vital Economic Rivers and Waterways (RIVER) Act of 2013, has announced  by its sponsor, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA).    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


WCI Applauds Passage of New Barge Tax

Michael J. Toohey, PresidentCEO of Waterways Council, Inc.

  Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) and its members and stakeholders tonight applauded the Senate’s passage, by a vote of 76 to16, of a 9-cent increase to the barge diesel fuel user fee. The provision was a part of tax extenders legislation that was combined with the “Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)” Act that establishes tax-favored savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The ABLE Act that included the provision to increase the user fee by 9 cents


WCI Applauds Barge Diesel Fuel User Fee Increase

Michael J. Toohey

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) and its members and stakeholders applauded the Senate’s passage, by a vote of 76 to16, of a 9-cent increase to the barge diesel fuel user fee.  The provision was a part of tax extenders legislation that was combined with the “Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)” Act that establishes tax-favored savings accounts for individuals with disabilities.  The ABLE Act that included the provision to increase the user fee by 9 cents passed


Report Compares Inland Waterways Markets, Tech and Policies

"Inland Waterways and the Global Supply Chain" an International Conference Report on "SmartRivers 2006" is currently available at the Port of Pittsburgh Commission website www.port.pittsburgh.pa.us. SmartRivers is a coalition to benchmark best practices for inland waterways, on both sides of the Atlantic, and to help those waterways better integrate themselves into the global supply chain. “Benchmarking conferences were held in Pittsburgh in 2005 and in Brussels, Belgium Europe in 2006


Sen. McConnell Named Champion of Maritime

Stephen Little, President and CEO of Paducah, KY based Crounse Corporation presents the Champion of Maritime award to Senator Mitch McConnell, who noted the huge impact America’s domestic maritime industry has in his home state of Kentucky.

Kentucky ranks top five in nation for U.S. maritime jobs Today, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was named a Champion of Maritime by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry. As U.S. Senate Minority Leader, McConnell has consistently supported the critical role the domestic maritime industry and the Jones Act play in America’s national, economic and homeland security. 


LNG Emergency, Incident Response Study

  Safety around Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a hot topic, now that LNG is more and more becoming the fuel of the future. The results of a recent LNG emergency and incident response study are a big step forward in LNG safety in Europe


Mount Vernon Port Breaks Indiana Shipping Record

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon recorded the highest quarterly shipments by any port in Ports of Indiana's over 50-plus year history during the first quarter of 2015. This was the second consecutive quarter the port broke this record. First quarter shipments increased three percent over the


WCI Praises Increased USACE Funding

WCI today praised the leadership of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) that led to unanimous approval of a bill that will significantly increase funding in FY 2016 for the U


AWO Urges for Congressional Support

At the Annual Barge-In, members of the American Waterways Operators discuss economic, environmental and commercial issues with members of Congress. (Photo: American Waterways Operators)

Nation's Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry to Call on Congress: Urge Support for Vessel Discharge Reforms, American Jobs and Waterways Reliability   The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry


Spotlight on Intermodal River Transport

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company’s towboat, the M/V Miss Shirley, arrived at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, transporting containers via barge as part of a demonstration to show the viability of intermodal river transportation.  


Thunderbolt: Eastern Delivers Innovative Towboat

Twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology combined. Image courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. introduced its new 120-ft., 4,200-hp Inland Towboat design, Thunderbolt, combining twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology for what the builder calls its “vision of the future for the U.S. inland waterways.”


Push Boats: From Turkey to Brazil

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The shallow draft market in South America continues to strengthen, powered by orders such as Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. 2013 deal for eight HB Pushboat ASUNCION-PYs, which represents a new generation of powerful Shallow Draft River Push Boat designed specifically for South America inland waterways


India’s Shipping Market Looks Bullish

Pic courtesy: IRS

 The shipping market in India could soon be out of bounds for global fleet owners as a key tender condition that tilts the scale in favour of local ship-owners is scrapped, reports Livemint. According to the rules set by the director general of shipping, India’s maritime regulator


Plans in Place to Test Intermodal River Transport

Ken Canter

The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority and Ingram Barge Company has announced plans to assess the viability of Intermodal River Transportation, utilizing the largest flat-top crane in North America owned by the Paducah Riverport Authority and Ingram’s towboats and barges.


BMT’s REMBRANDT-INLAND Simulation Tool

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Brown Water Training and Collision Reconstruction Taken to a New Level When a new or expanded port is planned on an inland waterway, how do you assure the civil marine engineers and ship operators of feasibility and operability while at the same time allaying the fears of local residents that


Kvichak to Build Catamaran Research Vessel

Photo courtesy of Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. was recently awarded a contract for construction of a 60’ aluminum catamaran research vessel for the California Department of Water Resources designed by Incat Crowther, Australia with design guidance and customer representation by Jensen Maritime Consultants


Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria

Sen. Rand Paul (official congressional portrait)

  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors.   Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see


AUSTAL Bags SCA Award For Safety

Austal USA (4 ships) Photo by Austal

  Austal USA have been notified by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) that Austal has earned the 2014 SCA Award for Improvement in Safety. According to the notification signed by Ian Bennett, SCA Manager of Government Affairs, “SCA awards this honor to shipyard members with a


CSL to Supply 5 Ships to Shipping Corp, Signs Pact with IHC for Dredgers

Photo: Cochin Shipyard Ltd

 Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI) will buy five vessels from Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) and issue tenders for buying two used liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers as it looks to re-start ship purchases that were frozen after poor financial performance


Fuel Tax Dilemma Solved for Inland Fleets

FloScan’s DataLog software offers built in Geo-Fencing features   Operating commercial vessels on inland waterways requires accurate fuel consumption tracking for paying an array of fuel use taxes under the Inland Waterways Revenue Act in addition to those imposed by states and local






 
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