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Tell NOAA If You Think the IWR Still Needs the 'Magenta Route'

NOAA Chart 11489 shows the so-called magenta line: Image courtesy of NOAA

If you are a recreational boater, fisherman, or another member of the maritime community, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey wants to pick your brain about the "magenta line," which historically depicted the recommended route for the Intracoastal Waterway Route (IWR) on NOAA nautical charts. A recent Federal Register Notice outlines NOAA's options for improving the accuracy of the magenta line, which is presently being removed from new editions of nautical charts. Federal funding does not allow for consistent maintenance of the 3,000-mile (4,800 km) Intracoastal Waterway Route, which runs most of the length of the Eastern Seaboard and around the Gulf of Mexico to Brownsville, Texas. In fact, many portions of the route have not been surveyed since the mid-1930s. Consisting of natural inlets, rivers, bays, and sounds, as well as artificial canals, the Intracoastal Waterway is heavily traveled by recreational boaters who want to avoid the hazards of the open sea. Among these boaters are thousands of "snowbirds" who regularly pilot their recreational vessels south in winter and north in summer. The U.S. Coast Survey especially welcomes your thoughts on the following: Do recreational boaters and/or commercial mariners need a magenta line to depict the specified Intracoastal Waterway Route? If so, should that be a federal government charting responsibility? The deadline for public comments is December 26, 2013. To provide your comments:


AIWA Highlights Investment Needs on the Nation’s Marine Highways

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Nowhere is that more important than on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As 2016 begins, we at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) are looking forward to participating in the ongoing dialogue regarding the need for strategic investments in the Nation’s Marine Transportation System. Our organization advocates for the ongoing maintenance of one of the nation’s longest water infrastructure projects, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW)


Unified Command Coordinates Spill Response Near Bayou Perot

The Unified Command has reopened the Intracoastal Waterway near Bayou Perot, La., after a portion of ICW was closed due to a damaged oil wellhead that started spilling sweet crude oil into the bayou early Sunday. The ICW was closed early Sunday between mile markers 19 and 21 when oil from the damaged wellhead entered a portion of the ICW. Cleanup crews have contained and removed the oil from the ICW, and the unified command has reopened the waterway to all vessel traffic.


New Vessel Traffic Control Tower Completed

A new $1.1m Vessel Traffic Control Tower was recently completed at Mile Marker 99 of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to Jesse Fontenot Memorial Boat Landing in Berwick, La. The purpose of the tower is to provide additional camera vantage points looking westward along the Intracoastal Waterway, southward along the Lower Atchafalaya River and northward toward Berwick Bay. In addition, the tower will be equipped with a TERMA radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver to


Progressive Barge Lines Building

Located at Westwego on the West Bank of the Mississippi across from New Orleans, Progressive Barge Lines is established in the local bunkering business. Recently they have also been pushing barges along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Initially this was to move fuel for their own account but they have also been doing some contract work. As they moved out from the New Orleans area, service for the engines that they used in their five-boat fleet had become an issue.


The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – A Silent Giant No More

Jim Stark

The recent enactment of the Waterways Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) has brought a sense of optimism to inland waterways mariners, operators and industries across the nation.   Our inland waterways are poised for success, and key to that success is the anticipated support provided in that bill. Of course, follow on appropriations and carefully planned implementation is critical to assure continued success of our waterways system


Preparations for Tropical Storm

The US Coast Guard is advising mariners in the eastern Gulf of Mexico to make all necessary preparations for tropical storm Alberto. Sector Mobile issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin setting Port Condition ZULU and closing the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Panama City to the eastern boundary of the sector. Sector St. Petersburg issued a Press Release stating that it has set Hurricane Condition 4 – Whiskey – and recommending that commercial vessels greater than 500 gross tons depart


USACE Proposes Towboat Acquisition

The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to obtain an inland river style towboat for the purpose of serving the USACE St. Louis District (CELMS) in its next mission. With measurements of 51 x 19 ft., and a design draft of 5.3 ft. the towboat will have an approximate total of 880 hp. The vessel will be used to provide towing and tender service to other district plants and will be suitable for year-round operation in both shallow


Oil & Chemical Cargo Barges Collide in Intercoastal Waterway

Photos of damage to the barge CBC 7026 and barge TTI-150 after they collided near mile marker 341 in the Intracoastal Waterway, Dec. 23, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard has responded to a collision between two barges in the vicinity of Siever’s Cove on Bolivar Peninsula, in the Intracoastal Waterway. The captain of the tug pushing the barge TTI-150 contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City to report this barge's collision with barge CBC 7026. A 25-foot Response Boat from Station Galveston was sent with a team of incident responders, marine inspectors, and marine casualty investigators


Danos Adds Environmental Services

Danos recently added an Environmental Services Division to the company’s collection of oilfield related services, which includes production workforce, construction, fabrication, coatings, instrumentation and electrical, and shorebase and logistics. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Larose, La., the Environmental Services Division provides full-service environmental cleaning – from spill kits to tank cleaning and small releases to large magnitude spills.


MN100: Inland Marine Service, Inc. (IMS)

Dave Hammond (Photo: IMS)

The Company: As one of the largest inland vessel management companies in the United States, Inland Marine Service (IMS) offers services to keep vessels crewed with seasoned, highly skilled mariners. With over 700 employees, IMS is able to serve customers across the Western Rivers, East Coast


ABS' New Subchapter M Guide

[Press Release] ABS announced the publication of the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Subchapter M Towing Vessels. The Guide is designed to aid domestic owners comply with new U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements governing towing vessels that operate in U.S. inland waterways.


Tug Allision Causes Diesel Spill in Texas

 U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi and the Texas General Land Office are responding to an oil spill at mile marker 667 on the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Isabel, Wednesday.   Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a report that the uninspected towing vessel Capt


Towboat Delivered to Gateway Dredging

Photo: TSGI

Gateway Dredging has taken delivery of a 55’ 1,200 HP twin screw conventional towboat. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) provided the design and engineering services to JB Marine Service, Inc. where the towboat was constructed in St. Louis, Mo.  


One More Z-Drive on the Job for EMS

Photo courtesy of Cummins

Enterprise Mariner Services, LLC (EMS) operates with the motto “Safe, Efficient, Reliable”. With the addition of their eighth Z-drive towboat and the fourth from Sneed Shipbuilding, the goal of maintaining that excellence is ever more assured.  


Bollinger Delivers 15th FRC to U.S. Coast Guard

Sister Ship of the JOSEPH NAPIER, MARGARET NORVELL operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the JOSEPH NAPIER, the 15th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. The announcement was made by Bollinger’s President & C.E.O., Ben Bordelon. “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by


West Calcasieu Port Adds 11.5 Acres

West Calcasieu Port officials announced today that the port has completed the $1.5 million purchase of 11.5 acres of adjacent property to the facility on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.    “The additional property will increase port acreage to more than 200 acres


Sneed Delivers Z-Drive

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Houma, La.-based Enterprise Mariner Services, LLC (EMS) added its eighth Z-drive towboat, the fourth from Sneed Shipbuilding. The 87 x 34-ft. Sebastian D, with an 11.5-ft. molded depth, was built by Sneed Shipbuilding of Channelview, Texas. This boat is well-suited for working the Gulf


Significant Shoaling in Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners to exercise caution while transiting the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) due to shoaling conditions. Several portions of the AICW show significant shoaling, specifically those areas near mile markers 237, 271, 280 and 321 in North Carolina


Intracoastal Waterway Reopened after Tug Crash

A Coast Guardsman from the Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur stands at the edge of Black Bayou Bridge observing a damaged fender after it was hit by a boat that lost steering March 7, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jennifer Andrew)

The U.S. Coast Guard has removed restrictions for Intracoastal Waterway traffic near the Black Bayou Bridge in Lake Charles, La. The waterway was restricted when a part of the bridge's fendering system was struck by a tug that lost steering with three barges Monday night.


West Calcasieu Port to Undergo Waterfront Upgrade

West Calcasieu Port officials have awarded a $1.6 million construction contract to Orion Marine Construction, Inc. for the replacement of bulkheading along the port’s waterfront on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.   “The West Cal Port Board of Commissioners was impressed with the


Sunken Barge Impedes Waterway Traffic Near Galveston

A barge sank east of the Galveston Causeway railroad bridge Tuesday, causing the U.S. Coast Guard to issue a safety zone and temporarily restrict traffic on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The restriction allows one-way and single-wide barges only, from mile marker 356 to mile marker 357


Container-on-barge Returns to Baton Rouge

Photo: Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Container-on-barge services have returned to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to provide the petrochemical industry with another option to move its products.   Operated by SEACOR AMH, the service transports empty containers by barge into the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and loads them at the


Conrad to Build a Crane Barge for US Army Corps of Engineers

The $2.918 billion Olmsted Lock and Dam Project will reduce tow and barge delays through the busiest stretch of river in America’s inland waterways. (Photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Conrad Shipyard said it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the construction of a crane barge that will operate on the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project.   “Conrad Shipyard has a long history of building vessels for the Army Corps of Engineers


MN100: Kirby Inland Marine

Photo: Kirby Inland Marine

The Company: Kirby Corporation is a premier tank barge operator in the United States, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, along all three U.S. Coasts, and in Alaska and Hawaii






 
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