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ACL Newbuilds for Mississippi and Columbia Rivers

American Cruise Lines (ACL) today confirmed it will be placing the first of four upcoming newbuilds on the Mississippi River, where it currently operates its newest riverboat, Queen of the Mississippi. The second newbuild will operate in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, where the line is operating the 120-passenger Queen of the West. Construction of both new riverboats is well underway at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md. The new Mississippi riverboat will have a similar capacity to Queen of the Mississippi at 150 passengers, and will enter service in March of 2015. The new Columbia riverboat will follow later that same year. It will be slightly larger than American Cruise Lines’ other riverboats, with a planned capacity of 175 passengers. Similar in design, both will feature fully functioning paddlewheels. The two new ships, as of yet unnamed, will enable American Cruise Lines to offer expanded itineraries on the Mississippi River System and the Columbia and Snake Rivers, adding new cruise options for those looking to experience these unique regions. The line currently runs numerous eight-day cruises on both rivers, offering various themes from wine and jazz music, to Mark Twain and the Lewis and Clark expedition. “Demand on the Mississippi is high, and the Columbia River has not seen a new riverboat in many years,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines


Large Dead Zone Found in Gulf of Mexico

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Mapped size confirms NOAA forecast for an average-sized hypoxia zone this year. NOAA- and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen water, measuring 5,052 square miles this summer--approximately the size of the state of Connecticut. The measurements were taken during the 30th annual hypoxia survey cruise from July 27 to August 2. This area falls within the predicted range of 4,633 to 5


PVA Elects New President, Officers,Board

PVA members, during the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2010 in Tampa, Fla., elected Kevin Stier as President.  Captain Stier is owner of River Cruises, Scales Mound, Ill..  River Cruises operates the 149 passenger Riverboat Twilight that offers two-day overnight cruises on the Upper Mississippi River. A longtime member of the PVA Regulatory Committee, Captain Stier has been a member of the PVA Board of Directors since 2003 and has served as PVA Vice-President and PVA


Mississippi River Drought Mayors to Meet

20 Mayors to discuss severe weather implications for Mississippi River sustainability & need for regional co-operation. Spurred by the severe drought and Hurricane Isaac, Mayors from towns and cities along the Mississippi River will participate in a press briefing to discuss a mayoral-led effort to bring national attention back to the Mississippi River—America’s most critical natural asset—and spearhead a new level of regional cooperation to make it more


American Cruise Lines Welcomes Wave Season 2013

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A strong start to the season, American Cruise Lines experiences record sales.   American Cruise Lines (www.americancruiselines.com), a  U.S. cruise company, announced today record sales at the start of what it is predicting will be its strongest Wave Season to date. Each of the past four weeks has broken previous company sales records during Wave Season, with last week being the most successful sales week in the company’s entire history.


Cooperative Effort Promotes Mississippi River Economics

Officials with the World Trade Center Mississippi River Alliance (WTC MSRA) and the Big River Coalition (BRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a cooperative effort to preserve and promote economic growth on the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MRT).  The organizations will work together in support of increasing the draft in the Lower Mississippi River deep-draft channel to 50 feet to equal the maximum draft to be available when the new Panama Canal locks open in 2015


Mississippi River Delays Begin to Ease

Delays at locks along the Mississippi River were easing on June 1 as a glut of northbound barges that congested locks after the river reopened last week made their way upriver, river officials said. Locks 24 and 25 in Winfield and Clarksville, Mo., the last two and most southerly locks to be reopened last Wednesday after a month-long river closure, were initially hit with back-ups of as many as 30 barge tows and delays of close to 40 hours, officials said.


Mississippi River Restrictions Lifted

Coast Guard Captain of the Port Captain Sharon Richey, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River, issued an order today lifting the restrictions on vessel traffic transit through the affected area of the Mississippi River at the Interstate 35 Bridge collapse site here. The bridge was closed at mile marker 853.2, due to salvage and debris removal operations. All mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution when transiting this area and to monitor marine channel 16


The Mighty Teeny Mississippi

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Just as the nation averted the fiscal cliff, it looks as if the inland waterways industries narrowly escaped its own fiscal waterfall. At press time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicates that, despite record low water levels, the Mississippi River will be able to sustain navigation through the spring for towboats and barges. This is welcome news for shippers, operators and the U.S. economy that relies upon a robust export market facilitated by the waterways transportation system


Submerged Towboat Lifted in Iowa

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana OLeary

Response crews commenced lifting operations of the 154-foot sunken towboat from the Mississippi River bank near LeClaire, Iowa, Monday. Stephen L. Colby salvage crews worked to cradle and dewater the vessel in an effort to remove extra weight while lifting the towboat. Crews dealt with below freezing conditions and long hours throughout response efforts and continue to conduct pollution mitigation through cleanup operations.


New Lineup for NOAA Hydrographic Services Panel

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel advises NOAA on improving services for navigation and coastal resilience. (Credit: NOAA)

Committee provides advice on agency’s navigation services NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., has appointed six members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that


Three in Four Cruise Passengers in the World Will Soon be Chinese

Berth two at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Credit Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB)

 Almost three-quarters of all cruise passengers in the future could be Chinese, according to research by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB).   The study reveals a potential 83 million cruise passengers in seven source markets within Greater China


New Orleans Cargo Totals at 14-year High

Cargo worked at the Port of New Orleans’ public docks in 2014 totaled 8.37 million tons, the highest total since 2000 and up 28 percent compared to the prior 12-month period, the port reported.   Imported steel and container cargo led the growth, as imported iron and steel rose 101


Shipping Season Opens on the Mississippi

M/V New Dawn broke through Lake Pepin ice overnight and locked through Lock and Dam 2 around 7:45 a.m. on March 25 (Photo by Pamela Niebur)

First tow marks unofficial opening to Mississippi River navigation season   M/V New Dawn arrived at Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings, Minn. Wednesday morning, marking the unofficial opening of the 2015 shipping season on the Upper Mississippi River, according to the U.S


Mississippi Governor Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant tried his hand in a crane simulator during a tour of Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Maritime Training Academy. Also pictured is Larry Porter, a master trainer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which partners with Ingalls and the State of Mississippi in administering Ingalls’ apprenticeship program. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant visited Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding facility, meeting with shipyard officials on workforce development and training initiatives and touring Ingalls' Maritime Training Academy, the company announced.  


AAPA Announces 2015 Cruise Award Recipients

The St. Lawrence Seaway (Photo courtesy of the APAA)

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will honor two 2015 Cruise Award recipients at the group's 2015 Cruise Seminar, the APAA announced today. J. Robert Jumonville, former cruise and tourism director for the Port of New Orleans, and René Trépanier


CLIA Predicts Cruise Passenger Increase in 2015

Photo courtesy of Shipcruise.org

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its annual State of the Cruise Industry Report today and is once again projecting industry growth in 2015.   A record 23 million passengers are expected to sail this year, with 61 percent of North American CLIA-certified travel agents


Viking Star Succeeds In Sea Trials

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  There is no question that Viking Ocean Cruises is launching an exceptionally innovative series of new ocean-going vessels, layered on its successful series of river cruise vessels, notably the Viking Longships. This list of innovations is a long one


New Orleans, St. Lawrence Cruise Directors Win AAPA Cruise Award

  Robert Jumonville, 2015 AAPA Cruise Award winner (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Robert Jumonville, former Port of New Orleans Cruise and Tourism Director and René Trépanier, Director of Cruise the Saint Lawrence, received the 2015 American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Awards yesterday during the AAPA biennial Cruise Seminar in Fort Lauderdale


Anthem of the Seas Ready for Float-Out

Anthem of the Seas Photo By Meyer Werft

The latest cruise ship under construction - Anthem of the Seas - will leave building dock II of Meyer Werft shipyard in Northwestern Germany on February 21.   The 168.600-gt cruise ship Anthem of the Seas, one of the largest cruise ship in the world


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


New Riverboat to Homeport in New Orleans

Rendering of the American Eagle (Courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

American Eagle is Second Riverboat for American Cruise Lines in New Orleans   Guilford, CT-based American Cruise Lines will introduce its second riverboat to be home-ported in New Orleans. The two new riverboats are the first new ships built specially for the Mississippi River in 20 years


India to Make Cruise Tourism Sail

Image by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala

 With its vast and beautiful coastline, virgin forests and undisturbed idyllic islands, rich historical and cultural heritage, India may get some fillip in cruise tourism in the months to come.   A report in Business Standard says that a high-level meeting of the Bureau of Immigration


Launch of Mississippi River Cruise Service

Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announces the selection of the Port of New Orleans today as the homeport for Viking River Cruises first North American river cruise service.

 Governor Bobby Jindal and Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the selection of New Orleans as the homeport for Viking River Cruises’ first North American river cruise itineraries. The Mississippi River cruises will operate from docking facilities near the French Quarter


Record Thames Ridership

River Action Plan delivers record Thames ridership

  A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames‎, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12






 
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