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NTSB Releases Finding of I-40 Accident Investigation

The nation’s tugboat, towboat, and barge industry is committed to improving public safety and preventing accidents involving vessels and bridges, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) pledged as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the results of its investigation of the May 2002 I-40 bridge accident at Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. AWO President Thomas A. Allegretti called the NTSB findings “important information that will help our industry and make the traveling public safer. AWO is a partner with the NTSB and the Coast Guard in improving marine transportation safety. We are committed to studying, learning from and applying the lessons of this investigation for our industry. In particular, AWO would be pleased to provide any assistance possible with regard to the NTSB recommendation that the Coast Guard evaluate the utility and effectiveness of wheelhouse alerter systems on inland towing vessels for preventing accidents.” Since the I-40 accident, AWO has worked cooperatively with government to understand the causes of barge/bridge accidents and take action to make marine transportation safer. Highlights include: The Coast Guard-AWO Bridge Allision Working Group, established immediately after the I-40 accident to study the frequency and causes of towing vessel bridge accidents. The Working Group report, released in May 2003, recommended a package of prevention measures to improve bridge safety.


AWO Pledges Support in I-40 Investigation

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) pledged as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the results of its investigation of the May 2002 I-40 bridge accident at Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. AWO President Thomas A. Allegretti called the NTSB findings "important information that will help our industry and make the traveling public safer. AWO is a partner with the NTSB and the Coast Guard in improving marine transportation safety


Proposed Ruling Calls For Fixed Fire Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard's supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) on "Fire Suppression Systems and Voyage Planning for Towing Vessels" appears in today's Federal Register. The SNPRM proposes the installation of fixed fire-extinguishing systems in the engine rooms of towing vessels, and it states that owners or operators, and masters, ensure that voyage planning is conducted before vessels towing barges commence on trips or voyages of at least 12 hours


Towing Safety Committee to Meet

TSAC – meeting Two working groups of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia to discuss issues related to towing vessel safety. The Regulatory Review Working Group will meet on April 27 to discuss travel time for towing vessel officers. The Maritime Security Working Group will meet on April 28 to discuss implementation of security plan regulations and development of timely feedback to the Coast Guard. 69 Fed


Towing Vessel License Changes

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a reminder to U.S. mariners that the "grandfather" clause allowing persons who began service or training in the towing industry before May 21, 2001 to receive a license as master of towing vessels under the old requirements will expire on May 20, 2004. Since the license must actually be issued no later than that date, applications should be submitted well in advance. Persons potentially affected by this issue should contact their local USCG Regional Examination


By the Numbers: Subchapter M Statistics

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (Aug. 9, 2004), established new authorities for towing vessels. Out of that came a proposed regulatory scheme requiring towing vessels to become inspected vessels and obtain a Certificate of Inspection (COI). The proposed Subchapter M for title 46, U.S.C., covering Certification, Vessel Compliance, Towing Safety Management System (TSMS), Third-Party Organizations, Operations, Life-Saving, Fire Protection


Licensing and Manning of Officers on U.S. Towing Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard has made permanent, with a few minor changes, its previous interim rule regarding licensing requirements for officers on U.S. towing vessels and manning requirements for those vessels. The new provisions come into effect on September 15, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 3580 Source: HK Law


Implementation Issues Key to Effectiveness of Licensing Rule, AWO Tells USCG

Ensuring the smooth and effective implementation of new licensing requirements for towing vessel officers will be the most critical USCG-industry challenge as the November 2000 effective date approaches, AWO told the USCG. In its comments, AWO reiterated its support for the new approach to towing vessel officer licensing contained in the agency's November 1999 interim rule. "We believe the interim rule, with its emphasis on practical demonstration of operational proficiency


Inspection of Towing Vessels Meeting– Changed

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that its meeting on February 10 in New Orleans regarding inspection of U.S. towing vessels will be held in a different location in the city. All other details remain as before. 70 Fed. Reg. 5691 (HK LAW).


Tug Sinks Off of New York

(Source: USCG)

Tug and barge separate, barge goes aground and tugboat sinks off New York’s South Shore   According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a 26-foot tugboat lost control of the barge it was towing off Atlantic Beach, N.Y., Monday evening. Coast Guard and state officials are responding to mitigate any hazards to the waterways and beaches nearby.    The Coast Guard was notified at 7:35 p.m. on Monday night that the towing vessel “PUSHY” had lost control of the


Barge Breakaway on the Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to an allision and barge breakaway on the Mississippi River at mile marker 43.7 near Thebes, Ill., Wednesday.   Tow vessel Michael G. Morris allided with the Thebes Railroad Bridge at mile marker 43


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.


Quote of the Day: Subchapter M

 Jennifer A. Carpenter, Executive Vice President & COO,  American Waterways Operators (Photo: AWO)

 As the American Waterways Operators (AWO) convenes itsSpring Convention & Annual Membership Meeting today through Thursday in Washington, D.C., at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, today's "Quote of the Day" comes from AWO's Jennifer Carpenter


Eastern Cranking Out Escort Tugs

Neptune (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivers the escort tug Neptune to Suderman & Young Towing Company and launches the Escort Tug David B to Bay-Houston Towing Co.   Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the escort tug Neptune (Hull# 237) on March 28, 2016


Barge Breakaway on the Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a report of a grounded towing vessel and 35 barge breakaway near Caruthersville, Mo. On the Mississippi River.   Coast Guard watchstanders were notified that the towing vessel Joe Bobzien had run aground and its 35 loaded dry cargo barges had broken


Inland Vessel Profile: USACE’s Dan Reeves

M/V Dan Reeves (Photo by Richard Dollison)

The newly built M/V Dan Reeves was commissioned in January of 2016 for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Little Rock District. Built by Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., overseen by the USACE Marine Design


No Need to Change Tug Workers’ Hours -Study

File photo

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed a study conducted for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine which concludes that “[t]here is currently no


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers H. DOUGLAS M

H Douglas M Courtesy Eastern Ship Building

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M for Bay-Houston Towing Company on February 5th, 2016.   This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street


AWO Hails DHS Subchapter M Approval

Thomas A. Allegretti, AWO President & Chief Executive Officer

Regulations Now in Final Stage of Administration Review. The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed the Department of Homeland Security’s approval of the U.S. Coast Guard’s rule to establish an inspection


Sub M 90 Program Underway

Dean Shoultz, MarineCFO Chief Technology Officer

MarineCFO Offers Vessel365 & Homeport365. Industry technology services provider, MarineCFO, has announced the “Sub M 90” Program commencing February 25, 2016 and terminating June 22, 2016. According to Tug & Barge Solutions, a Sub M consultant and MarineCFO partner


Disabled Fishing Vessel Towed to Montauk

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers assisted in towing a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel after it became disabled Saturday about 50 nautical miles south of Shinnecock Inlet. Watchstanders at Sector Long Island Sound command center received notification at approximately 7 p.m


Eastern Shipbuilding Launches the Zyana K

ZyanaK Launch  Courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched the Escort Tug ZYANA K (Hull 238) for Bay-Houston Towing Co. on February 19, 2016. A series of four Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility


Mississippi River Reopened After Fuel Spill

Mississippi River reopened near Granite City, Illinois, after clean-up operations Google Map

The Mississippi River is reopened near Granite City, Illinois, after clean-up operations at Lock and Dam 27 were completed, Friday. An auxiliary lock was opened at the Lock and Dam 27 site for commerce to continue. The towing vessel Gregory David was transiting the lock and dam


Rober Allan, Sanmar Launch New Tug Design

Image: Robert Allan Ltd.

Robert Allan Ltd. and Sanmar introduce the new VectRA series of Voith tractor tugs   The new VectRA 3000 Class Tug is a high performance VSP Tractor tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd in close collaboration with Turkish ship builder Sanmar and Voith Turbo Propulsion


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.






 
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