Arkansas River News

23 May 2019

Barges Break Free, Hit Oklahoma Dam, Sink

Photo Courtesy: Oklahoma Highway Patrol Facebook Page

According to a report on WeatherChannel.com, a pair of barges broke free and hit Lock and Dam 16 on the flooded Arkansas River on Thursday, May 23, 2019, north of Webber Falls, Oklahoma.Early reports citing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said there did not appear to be any damage to the lock.The barges broke loose from the Port of Muskogee and passed under the Highway 62 bridge without hitting anything, KOTV reported. (Sources: WeatherChannel.com, Oklahoma Higway Patrol & KOTV)

26 Apr 2017

Op/Ed: Trump's Infrastructure Plan Should Include Inland Waterways

Photo: Little Rock Port Authority

Bryan Day, executive director of the Little Rock Port Authority, weighs in on President Donald Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan, calling for U.S. policymakers to consider inland waterways and ports in America’s infrastructure plan. President Donald Trump and members of Congress continue to discuss plans for a major infrastructure spending plan for our country. With calls from leaders from across the country, members of the federal government are coming together to embrace the importance of maintaining America’s infrastructure.

16 Aug 2016

Little Rock Port Gets $6M for New Dock, Improvements

Photo Little Rock Port Authority

Congressman French Hill (AR-2) joined Mayor Mark Stodola to celebrate the official announcement of the a $6.185M TIGER grant awarded by the US Department of Transportation to the Little Rock Port Authority. The funds will be used to support the Little Rock Port Authority Growth Initiative to construct improvements to the existing slackwater harbor area, including a new dock with direct dock-to-rail capability; and add new rail storage. “We are celebrating today because getting a TIGER grant is a big deal,” said Congressman French Hill.

28 Jul 2016

Safety and Preparation on the Brownwater Radar

File photo: Thomas Rollins

Weather Channel Forecasters are predicting a “near-average” hurricane season for 2016, but warn that an average season does not mean businesses and residents shouldn’t prepare for the worst. While it is unclear whether the season, which began June 1, will bring about a few mild storms or a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, one thing is for sure: safety and preparation are on the radars of the owners and operators of brownwater vessels. Although forecasters consider this year’s predicted 12 named storms “average”…

15 Jun 2016

Port of Little Rock Reports Strong May Volumes

Photo: Little Rock Port Authority

The Port of Little Rock has reported 73,000 net tons of total barge tonnage in May. Dock activities compared favorably over the previous year with Logistic Services, Inc. (LSI) handling 228 barges during the first five months of the year. 350,000 net tons of various commodities moved across the docks at the port. Cargoes handled across the docks included potash, sulfate, triple phosphate, urea, rock and sand, wetcake, bauxite, lightweight aggregate, wire rod coils, aluminum ingots, aluminum tee and sows, scrap and steel coils.

17 May 2016

Tulsa Port of Catoosa Completes $11 Mln Dock Renovation

Photo: Tulsa Port of Catoosa

After more than two years of phased construction, officials at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa formally dedicated their nearly $12 million dock renovation project Tuesday. Featured speakers for the dedication ceremony were Chip Jaenichen, Administrator for United States Maritime Administration; Gary Ridley, Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation; Michael Patterson, Executive Director for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation; and Bob Portiss, Port Director of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority…

20 Jan 2016

Coast Guard Western Rivers High Water Closures, Restrictions

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest and South. Illinois River is open to traffic. The Coast Guard recommends that mariners transit the river in daylight hours only. The Missouri River is open to vessel traffic. The Coast Guard urges mariners to monitor VHF-FM channels 16 and 22 for any changes to the river. For more details on the closures set in place by Sector Upper Mississippi River call the command center at 314-269-2610. The Paducah-Louisville railroad bridge at mile marker 94.8 on Green River requires one-hour notice for opening. The Louisville-Nashville Swing Bridge at mile marker 190.4 on Cumberland River is closed. A safety advisory is in place from mile marker 110 to mile marker 0.

10 Jan 2016

Western Rivers High Water Closures, Restrictions - Update

Mississippi River Photo DNR

The 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 Coast Guard Captain of the Port has re-opened the Mississippi River surrounding the St. Louis Harbor from mile marker 179 to mile marker 185.

22 Jan 2014

Bridge Damage Stops Barge Traffic on Ark. River

The Associated Press reported that barge traffic has ceased on the Arkansas River after damage was discovered on a bridge in western Arkansas. Officials say bridge inspectors will assess the damage and arrange repairs accordingly. Until then, rail traffic will also be diverted until the bridge is fixed.   Sources: AP, staff

04 Oct 2013

Fender Allision on Arkansas River

The Coast Guard is responding to a fender allision involving the 23-meter motor vessel Bill Rodgers and the Interstate 30 bridge at mile marker 118.5 on the Arkansas River, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a report from the vessel operator at 3:20 p.m. reporting that while pushing eight empty barges, the tug Bill Rodgers allided with the north fender system. The Coast Guard immediately dispatched its marine inspection and investigation teams to the scene to assess damage and determine the cause of the incident. The I-30 bridge was shut down to traffic in order to allow the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management teams to conduct a damage assessment. The bridge has since been reopened.

22 Jun 2012

$79m in TIGER IV Port Infrastructure Grants Awarded

After assessing more than 700 project applications equaling about $10.2 billion, the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that 47 projects in 34 states and the District of Columbia will receive a total of $485.3 million in its fourth round of TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) infrastructure grant awards. Of the 47 capital project funding requests selected for awards, eight go directly to America’s port-related infrastructure. These eight project grants total more than $79 million, or about 16 percent of the capital grant funds available. “In his Fast Lane blog this week, Sec. LaHood reiterated the Obama administration’s ‘deep commitment’ to investing in our ports and marine highways to create jobs and keep American goods moving to markets.

12 Jul 2011

Ingram to sell its Materials Unit

Ingram Industries Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee, and Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Co. of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, announced today they have entered into an agreement for Ingram to sell its Ingram Materials LLC subsidiary to Pine Bluff. Ingram Materials is one of the nation’s premier producers of fine aggregate used by the construction industry for concrete, asphalt and masonry projects in Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and Northern Alabama. Ingram Materials operates three sand dredges on the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky, and has distribution facilities in Nashville, Clarksville and New Johnsonville, Tennessee; Paducah, Kentucky; and Decatur and Florence, Alabama. The Ingram Materials business was first established in 1927 by other owners who called it the Ohio River Sand Company.

12 Apr 2010

National Waterways Alliance Meets with CEQ

A diverse group of 30 members of the National Waterways Alliance – representing all segments of the water resources community nationwide – met with the Council on Environmental Quality to discuss the proposed revisions to the Principles and Standards governing the planning and development of water resources projects. Recognizing that reliable, well maintained water resources infrastructure is critical to our nation’s economic vitality and environmental well-being, the Alliance sought to offer constructive suggestions to the proposal to ensure a viable, long-term planning mechanism. Highlights of the session included a presentation by Dr.

12 Nov 2001

Owner Liable For Tendering Unseaworthy Barge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in an unpublished decision, has ruled that the owner of a barge may be wholly liable for damages resulting from its tendering to a tug company a barge that is unseaworthy. In a case reported on the Holland & Knight website, the US Army Corps of Engineers time-chartered a tug to tow its barge up the Mississippi River. The corps personnel didn't lower the boom on the barge, having miscalculated the clearance necessary to get under a bridge on the intended route. The tug master briefly inspected the barge, but did not notice that the boom was in the fully raised position. The boom hit the bridge. The bridge owner sued the tug company, which impleaded the corps.

27 Jul 1999

New Towboat Built on Old Hull

Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc., based in Harvey, La., has delivered a towboat, Espiritu Paraguayo, to Asuncion, Paraguay to Navegacion Paraguaya Americana S.A., a company affiliated with the South American barge line ventures of Allen Mott. This is the third towboat purchased by Mott from Stewart & Stevenson, and the fourth towboat powered by Electro-Motive Division of General Motors (EMD) engines by S&S for Mott and Mott's affiliates. Espiritu Paraguayo was completed using the hull of Senator Eastland, previously owned by Brent Towing Co., Inc., Greenville, Miss., which burned in 1989 on the Arkansas River. After the fire, the vessel was towed to Superior Boat Works, Inc., in Greenville, and the machinery and deckhouse was removed and the hull was painted and stored.

23 Mar 2006

Delta Queen Celebrates Return of American Queen

2007 with several advance purchase offers. 2007. the South. great city is known," said Bruce Nierenberg, president of Delta Queen. passengers to explore the history, lore and culture of this great country. New Orleans to Memphis, as far north as St. Paul, Minn. River, east to Pittsburgh, Pa. Black Warrior to Birmingham. to Little Rock and the Tenn Tom to Mobile, Ala. Orleans with a riverboat cruise. Great Steamboat Race with the Delta Queen.

16 Jun 2006

Port of Memphis Exercises Security Plans

The Coast Guard, partnered with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as many of the key port players, exercised risk management strategies aimed at protecting the city and the Port of Memphis. The exercise was led by the DHS Protective Security Advisor for the Memphis District, Mr. Greg Innis. The exercise participants included representatives from Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, Tennessee and Shelby County Emergency Management Agencies, Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Attorney's Office, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Port Commission, Railroad Police and many local facility security officers.

20 Aug 2002

Tulsa Port of Catoosa Reports Record July

“Shipping tonnage at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa increased in July, making it the best July in 22 years and the second best July in the history of the Port,” said Jerry Goodwin, chairman of the City of Tulsa - Rogers County Port Authority. “Shipments of inbound steel, pipe, and dry fertilizer increased along with outbound wheat and liquid fertilizer. Shipments of inbound oats and caustic soda were down slightly along with miscellaneous grains and asphalt,” said Goodwin. Not included in July’s tonnage report was the arrival at the Port’s low-water wharf of 37 barges carrying more than 800 pieces of military equipment assigned to the Oklahoma National Guard returning from training exercises at Ft. Polk, La.

18 Sep 2002

Port Safety Pays … and its Costs

Is it a "user fee" or is it a tax? Senator Hollings (D-SC) has formally proposed to the Conference Committee that a Port Security Infrastructure Improvement Program be included in the Port and Maritime Security legislation that is currently under consideration. This is a 'fleshed-out' and somewhat amended version of his earlier barebones proposal. The Program, if adopted, would impose a fee on shippers of cargoes into or out of the United States in various amounts depending upon what was being shipped. The monies collected would go into a Port Security Trust Fund to pay for various port security expenditures. Similar fees would be imposed on cargoes entering the United States through Canada and Mexico.

27 Aug 1999

Global Materials Services Acquires Arrow Terminals

Global Materials Services LLC (GMS) has acquired Arrow Terminals, Inc. of Sewickley, Pa., an operator of marine terminals. Arrow operates seven domestic river terminals in Industry, Pa.; Chicago, Ill.; Houston; Decatur, Ala.; Mingo Junction, Ohio; and Follansbee and Brooklyn Junction, W.V., which are engaged in material handling and processing operations for ferroalloy and other bulk products. Arrow also provides on-premise logistics services at steel mills and other plant sites. GMS operates seven other river terminals, five on the Mississippi River and two on the Arkansas River. These terminals provide warehouse and distribution services for steel and bulk shippers, including trucking to customer plant sites.

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