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Mississippi River Closed Due to Collision, Spill

A unified command team continues its response Friday to an oil spill in the Mississippi River following a collision between two towboats at mile marker 937 in Paducah Wednesday morning   A barge containing clarified slurry oil suffered damage from the collision. Its cargo tank was ruptured, discharging approximately 120,588 gallons of oil into the river, according to the Coast guard.   The Mississippi River is closed to all traffic except response vessels between mile markers 939-922, and a safety zone is in place.   A queue of 23 vessels awaiting transit down and 10 vessels awaiting transit up has formed as of 10:50 a.m. this morning.   The Coast Guard said it intends to minimize the environmental impact of the spill, though opening river traffic is a priority as active commercial traffic is critical to the lifeblood of the region.    Responders are conducting assessments at this time on the river and in the water column to determine locations of oil and best tactics for cleaning it up.   The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.


Mississippi River Traffic Starts Flowing Early

Barges traveled freely last Monday along the mid-Mississippi River after a lock in Quincy, Ill. opened ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The mid-Mississippi is seen as the region north of St. Louis to the Wisconsin border, encompassing the heart of the U.S. corn and soybean growing country.


Waterways Action Plan has Been Finalized

The Army Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard and towing industry announce the approval of the final version of the Waterways Action Plan. After nearly two years of research, development and collaboration, several individual river action plans have been consolidated into one comprehensive document, which incorporates the entire western rivers system. The purpose of this plan is to ensure safe and secure navigation along the western rivers


Towboat Grounding Delays River Traffic

The Coast Guard has temporarily restricted vessel traffic to one-way on the Lower Mississippi River from mile markers 167-177 due to a towboat grounding. At approximately 1 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2008, the towboat Senator Stennis struck the submerged wreckage of the 17th century replica of the French warship, Le Pelican that sank March, 2004, in Donaldsonville, La. The grounding caused a hole in three of the fuel tanks and spilled approximately 30-gallons of diesel fuel into the Mississippi


Lock & Dam Fire Quickly Doused

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  A construction crew working off a barge inside the auxiliary lock at Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26 extinguished a fire Thursday morning inside the engine of a crane on their vessel. Battalion Chief Rob Franke, of the Alton Fire Department, said when firefighters arrived, the crew from Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Mo., had put out the fire using a hand extinguisher. The city firefighters, though, were at the scene for about a half hour after responding to the 8:45 a.m


Coast Guard Advises Western River Closures, Restrictions

File image: a Mississippi River fleeting operation. (WCI)

The United States Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures and restrictions throughout this period of high water and flooding. The following Coast Guard sectors have issued closures or restrictions: Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River:


Mississippi River Reopens to Vessel Traffic

MISSISSIPPI RIVER REOPENED TO VESSEL As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard reopened the Upper Mississippi River from mile marker 130 to 145 to vessel traffic. The river was closed to vessel traffic after the Marquette Transportation Lines towing vessel John Paul Eckstein, pushing 25 grain barges, suffered mechanical problems and struck an unused dock, causing the tow to break up and 1 barge to sink. The Coast Guard worked with U.S


USCG Restricts Barge Tow Size In Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard further restricted the size of barge tows on the Mississippi River due to problems with low water levels that have caused several groundings in recent weeks, Reuters reported. It said, effective immediately, barge tows traveling from Cairo, Illinois, to St. Louis, Missouri, were limited to no more than 15 barges, loaded or unloaded, due to continued low water levels. Two weeks prior the Coast Guard established a 180-mile long safety zone on the Mississippi River between


Country’s Largest Floating Drydock Coming to Portland

Image: depiction of new drydock, courtesy Vigor

The country’s largest floating drydock, the Vigorous, is headed for Portland this weekend. The drydock, a piece of equipment used to lift vessels as large as cruise ships out of the water, is scheduled to arrive at the mouth of the Columbia Sunday. It will make its way up to Vigor Industrial’s Portland shipyard on the Willamette River by Sunday evening or Monday morning, depending on weather and river traffic.


US’ Largest Floating Drydock Heads to Portland

Image: Vigor

The country’s largest floating drydock, the Vigorous, is headed for Portland this weekend. The drydock, a piece of equipment used to lift vessels as large as cruise ships out of the water, is scheduled to arrive at the mouth of the Columbia Sunday. It will make its way up to Vigor Industrial’s Portland shipyard on the Willamette River by Sunday evening or Monday morning, depending on weather and river traffic.


iShip Index Records 7% Increase

Graph: iShip Index by Irish Maritime Development Office

 Ireland’s maritime industry grew strongly in 2015, says the Irish Maritime Transport Economist (IMTE), an annual publication issued by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO).   The iShip Index, which measures the total volume of traffic moving through our national ports


Essar Ports Handles Record Volume

Courtesy Essar Ports

On the back of increased production by its anchor customers, Essar Ports Limited (EPL) has registered significant growth in cargo handling over the last three months. In March 2016 alone, EPL’s four operational ports handled total cargoes of 6


Body of Missing Tug Crewman Located

U.S. Coast Guard photo

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew located the body of the missing tug boat crewman from the capsized Ricky J Leboeuf near the location of the tug on the San Jacinto river Tuesday at 9:47 a.m.   The Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located the man's body and directed rescue


AIS Regulations: New Responsibilities and Opportunities

(Photo: Stevens Towing Co., Inc.

March Coast Guard deadline represents milestone for AIS use in U.S. waters   From increasing situational awareness and enhancing the safety and security of maritime transportation, to its use in accident investigation, search and rescue, Aids to Navigation and asset monitoring


Grounded Bulker Suffered Major Hull Damage

Sparna reportedly briefly ran aground while transiting the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Wash., March 21, 2016. The vessel is safely anchored, and is maintaining position, with the assistance of two tugs, as an approved salvage and repair plan is developed. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read)

A damage assessment revealed significant damage to the motor vessel Sparna, which ran aground Monday in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Wash. The damage assessment showed multiple fractures were found, the largest being a 25-foot by 5-foot wide fracture with a


Damaged Bulker Refloated in the Columbia River

A pair of tugs support the 623-foot motor vessel Sparna under the Lewis and Clark Bridge while transiting to a pier in Kalama,Wash., March 23, 2016. A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portland also escorted the Sparna enforcing a 100-yard safety zone. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)

A Unified Command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, operators of the motor vessel Sparna, Columbia River Pilots and the National Response Corporation Environmental Services oversaw the safe transit of the damaged motor vessel Sparna up the Columbia River to the North Kalama, Washington pier


EPA Proposes Ban on Sewage Dumping in St. Lawrence River

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that a “no discharge zone” can be established for the New York State portion of the St. Lawrence River. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation petitioned the EPA to prohibit boats from discharging


US, Canadian Coast Guards Leaders Discuss Partnership

Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Central and Arctic Region and Rear Adm. June Ryan, the commander of the USCG 9th District met with their employees aboard Coast Guard ships and a CCG helicopter in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie Michigan March 21 2016. (Photo credit: USCG)

Rear Adm. June E. Ryan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District, was welcomed aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley by Assistant Commissioner Julie Gascon and Captain Signe Gotfredsen of the Canadian Coast Guard, Central and Arctic Region Monday.  


USCG Oversees Tug Specialist hoist near Tappan Zee Bridge

The Coast Guard monitored the hoist of the tugboat Specialist near the Tappan Zee Bridge

The Coast Guard monitored the hoist of the tugboat Specialist near the Tappan Zee Bridge today. The Specialist was part of a three-tug group that was pushing a crane barge south on the Hudson River. The 84-foot long vessel struck a stationary barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge at approximately


DP World Chairman meets French President at Investment Summit

The President of France, Francois Hollande, HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and senior government and business leaders at the investment summit. Photo DP World

DP World Group Chairman and CEO HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem recently met the President of France, Francois Hollande and senior government and business leaders at a major investment summit at the Élysée Palace in Paris. France’s attractiveness as an investment location and DP


DP World Eyes France

Image: Générale de Manutention Portuaire (GMP)

 France is an attractive investment location for DP World’s projects related to infrastructure development, port centric development, distribution and export hubs, rail freight, customs, and other logistics topics, said DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem.  


North River Boats Thrives in a Challenging Build Market

Photo: North River Boats

North River Boats’ formula for success: anchored in a diverse portfolio and customer base.   Tucked away in Roseburg, Ore., North River Boats began simply enough in 1974 by building jet powered boats to run shallow, technical white water rivers


Response to Barge Breakaway on the Mississippi Ongoing

The U.S. Coast Guard siad it is continuing its response to an allision resulting in a barge breakaway on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill., Wednesday.   An Incident Command Post has been established at Marine Safety Unit Paducah. Lt. Cmdr. Heather Stratton is the Incident Commander.


Secretary Foxx Designates 3 Marine Highway Projects

Anthony Foxx Photo U.S. Maritime Administration

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects. The Mississippi River, previously designated as the M-55, will serve as the primary route for the Baton Rouge-New Orleans Shuttle project.  Sponsored by the Port of New Orleans in partnership with


Philippine Coast Guard Performs Double Rescue

Crew members of two distressed vessels safe as CGS Iloilo swiftly renders assistance   The Philippine Coast Guard was called upon to provide assistance to two maritime incidents in Iloilo City Saturday, April 9 which resulted to the safe disposition of the vessels and crews.   






 
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