AWO Praises Final WRRDA Agreement

By Eric Haun
Friday, May 16, 2014
Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti issued a statement on behalf of U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge operators praising House and Senate leaders for their work in forging “critically needed” waterways infrastructure legislation and urged Congress to quickly pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act and send it to the President to be signed into law.

“AWO is very pleased to see that the comprehensive legislation includes a number of important provisions of the Inland Waterways Capital Development Plan that will help to  ensure the reliability of the nation’s waterways infrastructure – a change to the federal cost-share for the overdue, over-budget Olmsted locks and dam project; a revised threshold for determining what constitutes a major rehabilitation project eligible for Inland Waterways Trust Fund dollars; prioritization of projects based on risk and economic benefit; and reforms to project delivery timeframes. We are also pleased to see increased target levels for spending Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund monies.”

“While AWO will continue to join other waterways stakeholders in seeking passage of legislation that includes an industry-supported increase to the diesel fuel fee that vessel operators pay, the progress that has been made on meaningful water resources development legislation is substantial. AWO members appreciate the strong bipartisan leadership that has brought us to this point and Congressional recognition of the national need for a robust, well-maintained waterways transportation system.”

Allegretti specifically thanked Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and David Vitter (R-La.), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee; Reps. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee; and Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and Tim Bishop (D-Ga.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. He also acknowledged the work of RIVER Act (S. 407) sponsors Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Al Franken (D-Minn.); and WAVE 4 (H.R. 1149) lead cosponsors Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) and their 31 colleagues who sponsored the bill.

“The steadfast commitment shown by these Members of Congress and the many other Senators and Representatives who have recognized the need for a vital and vibrant U.S. waterways infrastructure has produced bipartisan legislation that is good for our nation. We urge swift Congressional passage and Presidential signature of this critical bill so that our industry can keep moving the nation’s commerce safely and efficiently, keeping us strong and competitive for decades to come.”

americanwaterways.com
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter April 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

French Wheat Exports Await Indonesia Approval

French wheat exports to Indonesia are on hold as traders await the approval of a food safety agreement between the two countries, something exporters say is being

Fitch: M&A, Not Alliances to Help Revive Container Shipping

The following statement was released by the rating agency: Mergers and acquisitions, rather than the historically more popular alliances, are inevitable to address

Cosco Pacific Q1 Profit Up

Cosco Pacific Ltd.'s  first-quarter  ended 31 March 2016 net profit rose 31.4% from a year earlier on the back of a one-off gain. Turnover sank 2.27% yearly to US$129 million.

Ports

Entrance to Port of Santos Reopens

The entrance to Brazil's largest  reopened on Thursday, after rough seas prevented ships from entering or leaving for more than 30 hours during peak soy export season.

French Wheat Exports Await Indonesia Approval

French wheat exports to Indonesia are on hold as traders await the approval of a food safety agreement between the two countries, something exporters say is being

Cavotec, ABB Partner on Shore-to-ship Power

Cavotec and ABB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly offer complete shore-to-ship power solutions globally. Such solutions allow vessels to plug

Finance

Baltic Index Dips on Weaker Rates for Bigger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday, hurt by lower rates for capesize and panamax vessels.

Norway: Oil Industry Safety Deteriorated in 2015

The risk of accidents in Norway's oil industry rose last year after reaching record lows in 2014, a survey by the Nordic country's safety watchdog showed on Thursday.

Fitch: M&A, Not Alliances to Help Revive Container Shipping

The following statement was released by the rating agency: Mergers and acquisitions, rather than the historically more popular alliances, are inevitable to address

News

UK Navy Warship Escorts Queen Mary II

U.K. Royal Navy warship HMS Defender provided escort duties for transatlantic ocean liner RMS Queen Mary II through the Gulf of Oman. The Type 45 destroyer,

Voice-data Communications and HDTV in One System

PDQ’s OneSource System provides long range cell, wi-fi and high definition TV in one system for mobile users.   San Diego wireless company PDQ Connect has developed

Entrance to Port of Santos Reopens

The entrance to Brazil's largest  reopened on Thursday, after rough seas prevented ships from entering or leaving for more than 30 hours during peak soy export season.

Government Update

French Wheat Exports Await Indonesia Approval

French wheat exports to Indonesia are on hold as traders await the approval of a food safety agreement between the two countries, something exporters say is being

India Instructs Disputed Tanker to Await UN Orders

India has instructed an Indian-flagged oil tanker that has been blacklisted by the U.N. not to discharge its cargo of crude oil from Libya's rival eastern government

EU Adopts New Arctic Policy

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have adopted a policy proposal that will guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1394 sec (7 req/sec)