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USACE – FY09 Budget for Civil Works

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) summarized its budget request for fiscal year 2009 for civil works. It includes $2.638 billion for operation and maintenance. This is the account from which harbor maintenance and dredging funds are derived. The Civil Works budget consists, in part, of $729 million from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and $167 million from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. Source: HK Law

Corps Releases Plan for Comment

The United States Army Corps of Engineers today released the draft Civil Works Strategic Plan for a 30-day comment period. The objective of the plan is to provide a framework for the Corps' Civil Works Program to continue to contribute to the sustainability of the Nation's water and land-related resources with a balanced focus on ecosystem health, economic vitality and quality of life. The plan meets the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 that requires Federal agencies to present strategic goals and objectives in a strategic plan, and to assess progress through an annual performance plan. In addition,…

Corps of Engineers Budget Briefing

The United States Army Corps of Engineers will hold a press conference to release details of President Bush’s Fiscal Year 2007 budget for the Corps’ Civil Works program is scheduled for today, February 6 from 3 to 4 p.m. The press conference will take place at the USACE headquarters in the General Accounting Office building in Washington D.C. John Paul Woodley, Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), and Lt. Gen. Carl A. Strock, USACE commander, will speak at the press conference. Other key individuals available for comment will include Maj. Gen. Don T. Riley, Director of Civil Works, Ms. Claudia Tornblom, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Management and Budget) in the Office of the ASA(CW), and Mr. Gary A. Loew, USACE Civil Works Chief, Programs Management Division.

Corps Release Draft Civil Works Strategic Plan for Comment

The United States Army Corps of Engineers today released the draft Civil Works Strategic Plan for a 30-day comment period. The objective of the plan is to provide a framework for the Corps' Civil Works Program to continue to contribute to the sustainability of the Nation's water and land-related resources with a balanced focus on ecosystem health, economic vitality and quality of life. The plan meets the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 that requires Federal agencies to present strategic goals and objectives in a strategic plan, and to assess progress through an annual performance plan. In addition,…

AAPA Applauds Funding Bill

After approval of a nearly $31.25 billion funding bill that includes $5.29 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program, American Association of Port Authorities President/CEO Kurt Nagle praised the Senate Appropriations Committee and its chairman, Sen. Nagle also applauded Energy & Water Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) for his work in providing the leadership for developing and moving the bill through the subcommittee mark-up process and sponsoring the bill in full committee. "The Senate Committee’s approval today of $5.29 billion for the Corps’ FY’06 Civil Works program is a very positive signal that navigation projects at our nation’s seaports will get more of the funds they critically need to start…

Hearing on Army Corps of Engineers Budget

On March 11, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works conducted a hearing on the proposed FY 2009 budget for the US Army Corps of Engineers and implementation of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) expressed concern that the budget fell short with regard to protecting lives, enhancing the environment, and growing the economy. Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) discussed the importance of spending money to maintain and enhance the national infrastructure. John Woodley, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) explained the three main program areas: commercial navigation, flood and coastal storm damage reduction, and aquatic ecosystem restoration.

WCI Hails Funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mike Toohey

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 released last night provides strong funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works mission for inland navigation. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has fared well, with overall strong Civil Works program funding of $5.454 billion, which is $921.5 million above the Administration’s request. The Construction account funding of $1.639.5 billion is an increase of $514.5 million above the Administration's proposal…

Highest Funding for Corps, Navigation Programs

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WCI today applauded the work of negotiators to reach a final agreement last night for an FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program under the Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill. The full House is expected to vote on a final agreement later this week. FY ‘16 funding for the Corps’ Civil Works mission is $5.99 billion, a 27% increase above the President’s budget request of $4.732 billion. --Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF)…

Congress Appropriates $3.96 Billion for Waterways Programs

The President has signed legislation (H.R. 4060) appropriating $3.96 billion for the USACE's civil works program for FY 99, which began October 1. In addition, the Bonneville Power Administration will transfer $106 million for operation and maintenance (O&M) of the USACE's hydropower projects in the Pacific Northwest, bringing the civil works funding level for the current fiscal year to $4.07 billion - not counting almost $200 million in additional funds included in the supplemental appropriations measure signed on October 21. Included in the catch-all appropriations bill is $50 million for the Tennessee Valley Authority's non- power programs and $35 million for fish mitigation on the Columbia River.

Port Manatee Gains Funding for Harbor Deepening Study

Photo courtesy: Port Manatee

Port Manatee and its stakeholders look to benefit from full federal funding of a feasibility study related to deepening of its channel and harbor area, the port said. Manatee Harbor, near the Gulf of Mexico entrance to Tampa Bay, is one of only 10 waterways in the continental United States identified for such U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding in the fiscal 2016 civil works budget announced by President Obama Monday, February 2. “Port Manatee is deeply appreciative of this funding…

Charleston Harbor Deepening Gains Federal Approval

U.S. Today in Washington, DC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board (CWRB) unanimously approved the Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Charleston Post-45 Harbor Deepening project, a significant step in the federal process that ensures the project is on schedule to receive its Chief's Report this September. "Today's approval by the Civil Works Review Board allows our harbor deepening project to progress without delay," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Once deepening to 52 feet is realized, Charleston will offer the deepest harbor on the East Coast with the capability to serve fully-loaded post-Panamax vessels 24 hours a day.

'A Few Good Men' Thanks for the Leadership!

Michael J. Toohey (Photo: WCI)

Change is inevitable, especially in Washington, DC, and particularly within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) is a strong partner with the Corps, as navigation is a critical business line within its Civil Works’ mission. Over the last year, we have seen some of the Corps’ best and brightest officers and civilians retire after decades of service to the Army, to the Corps of Engineers, to the inland navigation industry and of course, to the nation.

Damen Inks MOU with Pearlson Shiplift Corporation

MOU Signing (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

The Damen Shipyards Group and Pearlson Shiplift Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for close cooperation between the two companies in the design and execution of shiplift projects around the world. The collaboration is set to bring benefits to the clients of both companies in the optimization of the design and realization of shipyard facilities. Taking account of the expertise of Pearlson Shiplift Corporation as the original inventor and developer of Syncrolift technology…

Port Leaders to Question Administration Proposed Funding

At a news conference beginning at the National Press Club, the top two leaders representing public port authorities in the United States will respond to the Bush Administration’s recommended appropriation levels for the Department of Homeland Security’s 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. Representing the American Association of Port Authorities will be Kurt Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), and Warren McCrimmon, president and CEO of Ohio’s Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, who also serves as AAPA’s U.S. Delegation chairman.

Civil Works Funding of U.S. Army Corps lauded

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Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) today praised the House Appropriations Committee’s Energy & Water Subcommittee approval, by unanimous voice vote, the FY ’15 appropriations bill that funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program. Fiscal year 2015 funding for the Corps’ Civil Works mission is $5.493 billion, an increase of $25 million above the FY ’14 enacted level and nearly $1 billion ($959.5 million) above the President's budget request. *Navigation projects (undesignated) will receive an increase of $484 million above the Administration’s request.

WCI Reacts to President's Budget Proposal

The US Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) has mixed feelings about the impact on their sector of President Obama's FY 2014 budget proposals. This budget is steady-state with the overall funding level essentially the continuation of the post-sequester level for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Program at $4.726 billion for FY ’14. While details are still unknown according to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Administration’s per-vessel user fee proposal remains unwelcome by industry. The proposed level of funding for the Corps’ Operations & Maintenance (O&M) -- $2.588 billion, is encouraging, but the funding level for its Construction account ($135 billion is very disappointing.

WCI Reacts to Obama’s FY ’14 Budget Request

Waterways Council, Inc. • This budget is steady-state with the overall funding level essentially the continuation of the post-sequester level for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Program at $4.726 billion for FY ’14. • While details are still unknown according to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Administration’s per-vessel user fee proposal remains unwelcome by industry. • The proposed level of funding for the Corps’ Operations & Maintenance (O&M) -- $2.588 billion, is encouraging, but the funding level for its Construction account ($1.35 billion) is very disappointing. • WCI is pleased with the $75 million for drought-related activity on the Middle Mississippi River…

Boxco Moves Longest Column through Mumbai Port

With the completion of this project, Boxco Logistics broken another record and has enriched the company’s heavy lifts operations and engineering profile, opening doors for larger and more challenging turnkey projects

Boxco Logistics has set the bar high yet again, by moving the LONGEST COLUMN EVER that was transported in and out of Mumbai Port. It all started in the industrial township of Dahej in the state of Gujarat at ISGEC Heavy Engineering’s manufacturing plant. The multimodal logistics, involving engineering and execution of transporting the equipment from Dahej to Mumbai for further export to Mexico, were carried by the team at Boxco Logistics. Apart from the C2 Splitter, a 380 MT Quench water tower and a 250 MTDemethaniserwere also to be transported along with their accessories.

Kalmar to Deliver 7 RTGs to Puerto Central, in Chile

Kalmar's RTGs

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver seven E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Puerto Central S.A (PCE) in San Antonio, Chile. The RTG project has a total value of USD 14 million, including the cranes, spare parts, training for operators and technicians as wells as civil works and other auxiliary equipment required to automate certain RTG processes. The order was booked in June 2014 with a delivery and start-up date in July 2015. The Kalmar RTGs will enable Phase 1 of the terminal's capacity expansion of 450…

PSA Starts Expansion Work on 2m teu Panama Terminal

Image: PSA Panama International Terminal (PPIT)

Singapore-based port operator PSA Panama International Terminal (PSA Panama) has started a USD 400 million expansion of its container terminal located on the west bank of the Panama Canal Pacific. It has started on the expansion after being granted approval by the National Assembly, the Panama Canal Authority ACP, the Panama Maritime Authority and the Panamanian State. The expansion is targeted to be ready for operations before the end of 2016, in conjunction with the commercial opening of the expanded Panama Canal.

BAM Completes LNG Terminal in Aqaba, Jordan

The Aqaba New Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal by BAM International. Pic by Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC).

BAM International has completed its €65 million project to construct the Aqaba LNG terminal for Aqaba Development Corp. (ADC). The operating company of Royal BAM Group handed over the project on 23 June, two months ahead of schedule. The LNG terminal forms part of ADC’s plan for developing Aqaba’s energy ports. The government has tasked ADC to develop Jordan’s energy intake capabilities to ensure a consistent supply of energy. In partnership with sister company BAM Contractors from Ireland and Jordan’s engineering company MAG…

Uruguay LNG Terminal on Schedule

Image: Gas Sayago

Uruguay's state-owned Gas Sayago said civil works for an LNG regasification terminal are due to begin again after five months of delays, putting back on track a $1.1 billion project for the country's first such facility. Gas Sayago, a joint venture by two state-owned companies, Ancap and UTE, informed that replacement contractors have been found for Constructora OAS, a Brazilian company that was hired to build a breakwater and wharfs for the terminal, but pulled out of the deal in February, Platts reports.

Port Leaders Respond to President’s FY07 Budget Request

At a news conference the National Press Club, two leaders representing America’s public seaports expressed their concerns about the Administration’s recommended changes to the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grant program and under-funding of the portion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program that provides needed navigation access to ports. Representing the American Association of Port Authorities at the news conference will be Kurt Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), and Bernard Groseclose, president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority, who is also this year’s AAPA chairman. Infrastructure Protection program (TIP). needs to be increased, not reprogrammed and diluted,” said AAPA’s Mr. Nagle.

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