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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


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


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


Wärtsilä to Power Shell's 15 LNG Barges

Image by  Wärtsilä

 A series of 15 inland waterway barges being built for Belgium based Plouvier Transport N.V., and which will be chartered by Shell Trading Rotterdam (Shell), are to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel main engines.   The barges will operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Wärtsilä will also supply other propulsion equipment and its LNGPac fuel gas handling system.    The ships’ hulls are under construction at the VEKA Shipyard CENTROMOST


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


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


Maritime India Summit Attracts $12.5 billion Investment

Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping. Photo: Govt of India

 The first ever Maritime India Summit in Mumbai has resulted in attracting investments worth Rs 82,905 crores ($12.5 billion), says the Ministry of Shipping.   A total of 141 MoUs and Business Agreements were signed by various players in maritime sector including Major Ports


Waterways Are the Greenest Way to Go

Photo courtesy of AWO

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) released a fact sheet highlighting the many environmental and energy efficiency benefits of our nation’s waterways.    Among them, Did You Know...  


AWO, Stakeholders 'Barge In' at Capitol Hill

American Waterways Operators discuss U.S. jobs, vessel discharges and national security with members of Congress during annual Barge-In. (PRNewsFoto/American Waterways Operators)

American Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry Urged Support for American Jobs, Vessel Discharge Reform, and Waterways Infrastructure.   Members of the American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry


WCI's Toohey Applauds WRDA 2016 Bill

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) President/CEO Michael J. Toohey issued a statement regarding today’s mark-up and passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2016 by the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee:  


Port of Hamburg Reports Bulk Cargo Jump in 2015

Image: Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg reports higher bulk cargo throughput and strong growth in rail and inland waterway seaport-hinterland traffic in 2015 – downturn in container handling. In 2015 seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg was 5.4 percent lower at 137.8 million tons.  


Insights: Edward E. Belk, USACE

Edward E. Belk

Insights: Edward E. Belk -  Chief, Operations and Regulatory Division Directorate of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   Edward E. Belk, Jr. currently serves as the Chief of Operations and Regulatory Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Corps Headquarters in


$ 17.5 Bln Projects to be showcased at Maritime India Summit

Union Minister for Shipping, Government of India Nitin Gadkari. Photo Official Page of Nitin Gadkari

Projects worth Rs. 1,20,000 Crore ($ 17.5 billion) to be showcased before potential investors at Maritime India Summit 2016, says Shri Nitin Gadkari Indian Government's Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari said that projects in the ports and shipping sector


Indian Maritime Development Can Create 10 Million Jobs

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: The Ministry of Shipping

 Indian minister for shipping Nitin Gadkari has said port and shipping sector has potential to create nearly 4 million direct jobs and 6 million indirect employment opportunities over the next 5 years.   Gadkari said "all the developed countries have a vibrant port sector


Ingram Barge Company Makes Repower Push

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company selects GE Marine Solutions Tier 4 technology to repower three towboats   An Ingram Barge Company pilot lives on the water, pushing cargo while navigating the more than 4,500 miles of the U.S. Inland Waterways. When Ingram needed to repower their M/V CRYSTAL D


Stakeholders Voice Opposition to Proposed Waterway Tolls

Deb Calhoun (Photo: WCI)

A group of 75 companies and organizations have collectively voiced opposition to a Public Private Partnership (P3) project that would seek to toll the Illinois Waterway and that could make its way into the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) of 2016.


India Can Become Engine of Maritime Growth: PM

PM Narendra Modi inaugurating the Korean exhibition at Maritime India Summit 2016. Photo: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the India's first ever Maritime Summit and said that the country's vast coast line of 7500 km offers vast investment opportunities.    “Our maritime agenda will complement this ambitious infrastructure plan for the hinterland


WCI Applauds Increased FY'17 Funding

The Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) praised the bipartisan leadership of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Senate Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and


Sagarmala Project to Sail Through 5 Years

Indian PM Narendra Modi. Pic: Govt of India

 India government will speed up the ambitious Sagarmala project from 10 years to five years, said Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping.   “Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention


India Targets $60 Bln Maritime Investments

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Ministry for road transport, highways and shipping

 Indian Shipping Ministry is targeting to get investments worth $60 billion (nearly Rs 3.99 lakh crore) for a five-year term for 240 projects for the success of the ambitious Sagarmala project.   The maiden Maritime India Summit 2016 in Mumbai has resulted in investment commitments of


Austal Wins SCA Safety Awards

Terry O Brien accepts Austal SCA Safety Awards from Stephen Woodring and Tom Godfrey of SCA Photo Austal

Austal USA remains one of the safest shipyards in the country the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced Mar. 7. Austal’s hard-earned workplace safety record has been recognized, yet again, by the SCA with both the 2015 Award for Excellence in Safety and the 2015 Award for






 
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