Waterways Council, Inc. expressed its appreciation to Congress which, in the recently completed lame duck session, passed an omnibus spending package which allocates $4.7 billion in FY 2005 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works program. The bill includes $331.5 million for the Inland Waterways Users Board’s priority navigation projects – a $61 million increase over last year’s appropriations and $64.6 million over the President’s FY 2005 request for these projects. Specifically, the Omnibus Bill appropriated funds to the following critical infrastructure projects on the inland waterways system: Inner Harbor ($14.5 million); Kentucky Lock ($32.5 million); Lower Mon 2,3 &4 ($35.5 million); Marmet ($75 million); McAlpine ($68.5 million); Olmsted ($69 million); Chickamauga ($17 million); and major rehabilitation on L&D 11 ($1.5 million); L&D 19 ($4.8 million) and L&D 24 ($8.8 million). Despite last minute House-Senate negotiations, a final agreement on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) failed to reach agreement in the lame duck session, a disappointment to the waterways industry. Even though WRDA did not pass this year, the omnibus measure contains $355,000 to continue the Upper Mississippi-Illinois Waterways navigation study and another $13.5 million in planning funds to start preconstruction engineering and design.
House of Congress budget debate includes discussion on problem of underfunded harbor maintenance Some detail of the discussion follows: Unlike the past several years, this year's budget debate included some discussion of the longstanding problem of underfunded harbor maintenance. This recognition of the harbor maintenance issue by the House Budget Committee is a positive small step forward. The text of H. Con. Res
Strained by the demands of a major ground war and a sweeping overhaul of U.S. forces for an uncertain future, the Pentagon faces a severe budget challenge. According to the Providence Journal, while Congress and the Bush administration are working on a very large spending program for the military, the outlay for shipbuilding will be tight -- a prospect that is hurting the industry. The Navy's problem, says one Washington analyst, is not a lack of ships
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) announced it is disappointed that the Bush Administration has proposed still another annual budget that would significantly underfund the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Port Security Grant Program and the portion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Program that provides crucial navigation access to ports. While the Administration did increase its funding request for a key program that provides incentives to reduce
With the release of President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) expressed both accolades, and some disappointment, over various aspects of the budget pertaining to ports and the efficient and secure movement of freight. Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO, said that, even though the Administration’s budget includes cuts in order to meet the Budget Control Act passed by Congress last year, there are bright spots for seaports
UK Government announce its decision on international aviation and shipping emissions. Government will defer a decision on whether to include international aviation and shipping emissions in carbon budgets until the setting of the fifth carbon budget in 2016, by which point there should be more clarity on how aviation emissions will be tackled at an EU and global level. Last month, the European Commission proposed that it would suspend international aspects of the aviation EU Emissions
On June 15, the Subcommittee on Fisheries and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation will conduct a hearing on the Administration’s FY2007 budget request for the Coast Guard. Source: HK Law
President Bush’s FY 2007 proposed budget requests a record level of new federal funding for 11 Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF)-financed projects. The budget request proposes FY ’07 spending of $394 million for Inland Waterways Trust Fund financed projects, of which $197 million will come from the dedicated Inland Waterways Trust Fund. The remainder would come from general treasury funds, as required under current law
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, will lead the Subcommittee in examining the Coast Guard's fiscal year 2008 budget, including planned capital expenditures on the Deepwater acquisition program. The Subcommittee will also receive testimony from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security and a representative of the General Accountability Office regarding the Coast Guard's budget and recent
Keppel AmFELS Inc., the US wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), has delivered the first of four EXL rigs to Rowan Drilling Company, Inc. (Rowan) safely, on time and within budget. The rig, christened Rowan EXL I at the yard last Saturday, is expected to be deployed for work immediately after delivery to serve a 10-month contract with McMoRan Exploration Company in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Seaspan Shipyards today released the following statement in response to the findings of the Auditor General of Canada on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS): “We are pleased to receive, and support the findings of the Auditor General, in particular
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government has awarded Damen Shipyards Group an order for a state-of-the-art, 80 m Ice Class ferry, which will operate on the Fogo Island-Change Islands service. Scheduled for delivery in September 2015
The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2014-2015 biennium: Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama
The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today announced the launch of SOS: Save our Ships, a national campaign focused on bringing attention to the devastating and unintended effects sequestration and budget uncertainty continue to have on the United States Navy and naval services
The Coast Guard has received approval to move forward on the production and eventual deployment of up to 30 fast response cutters (FRC). The decision means the Coast Guard may continue to acquire the FRC as the budget allows and that new plans are in place to support new cutters as they
A statement by Secretary Hagel on the Pay Our Military Act, indicates that most, but not all, DoD civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown are to be asked to return to work. Mr Hagel stated: "Immediately after President Obama signed the Pay Our Military Act
Linda Hudson, President and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. said she has been told that little legislative progress had been made so far, and voiced her concern over the impact a lengthy shutdown could have on businesses, and the families, communities and customers that depend on them
Mock-ups, practice and repetition are just some of the key elements of how AquaTerra’s Rope Access team prepare for any major job where there is the requirement to enter a potentially hazardous environment and the latest contract win for work within the concrete leg of an offshore platform
Cruise ship passengers and tourists stopping in Gibraltar now have the opportunity to view the region’s dolphins and marine life from the comfort of a new Blyth Workcat. The 14-meter GRP-hulled boat has been acquired by Dive Charters Ltd
NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has announced major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, 2014, the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts . NOAA will continue to provide other forms of nautical
From personal submarines and motorized surfboards to megayachts and boats for every budget, the 54th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® (FLIBS) has them all. Covering six locations and featuring everything from astonishing super-yachts and extravagant toys to boats for every
The U.K. Chief of Defense Staff said the Westminster government will "get our ships in the place it makes the most sense," blasting a hole in suggestions that if Scotland votes Yes then Glasgow would lose out on work to build the Type 26 ships.
The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway awaits the chance to rescue the crowded eastern seaboard with a readymade alternative to the parking lot known simply as I-95. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) extends 1,200 miles from Norfolk, Va. to Key West, Fla.. That much is common knowledge
Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) celebrated the naming of their third consecutive accommodation semisubmersible (semi) rig built for Floatel International Ltd (Floatel). The rig will be delivered more than four months ahead of schedule and within budget.
The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 28th session in London, is expected to adopt key resolutions and amendments relating to the organization’s mandatory audit scheme, paving the way for the scheme to come into effect by 2016 once amendments to