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Friday, May 25, 2018

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Tidewater Attains First Sub M COI on the West Coast

Back row (l-r): Chris Springer, District 13 USCG; Bill Collins, Tidewater EHS&S Director; Josh Jarman, Tidewater Quality & Compliance Manager; Marc Schwartz, Tidewater Maintenance & Engineering Manager; Craig Nelson, Tidewater Vessel Operations Manager; Bruce Reed, Tidewater VP & COO; Josh Nichols, Tidewater Captain & Assistant Port Captain. Front row (l-r): Austin Murai, MSTC USCG; Brian Fletcher, Tidewater Port Captain; Jeff Deronde, MST1 USCG (Photo: Tidewater)

Tidewater Transportation and Terminals of Vancouver, Wash., announced today that the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance and the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River has issued a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to the towing vessel Crown Point for compliance under the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Subchapter M safety regulations governing the inspection, standards and safety management systems of towing vessels.This COI is the first issued to a west coast (PACAREA) tugboat/towboat operator.The Crown Point is the first of three custom-built river towboats built for Tidewater in 2015.

St. Louis: the heartland’s intermodal hub hosts two industry events

On the IMX tradeshow floor: Scania USA Sales Manager (Marine) Al Alcala and MarineNews Editor Joseph Keefe this week got together to discuss current trends in propulsion.

The 5th annual inland IMX show coincides with the first ever FreightWeek STL. For transport professionals, supply chain stakeholders and inland operators alike, there was something for everyone. St. Louis, MO: This week’s IMX inland marine industry tradeshow may have been the primary focus for inland stakeholders, but there were many more reasons to be here in St. Louis. Parallel with and coordinating with the 5th annual event was the weeklong FreightWeek STL event intended to spotlight freight and transportation industries, opportunities and to underscore the St.

Coast Guard Establishes New IRVMC

Center (IRVMC) in St. certain barges along the river system 24-hours a day. presence and maritime awareness. cargoes. Security Advisory System level and other factors. river system and the safety of strategic infrastructure. The regulations were signed April 16.

Coast Guard Establishes New IRVMC

Center (IRVMC) in St. certain barges along the river system 24-hours a day. presence and maritime. barges containing certain dangerous cargoes from the new operational center. Advisory System level and other factors. safety of strategic infrastructure.

News: Austal USA to Deliver for Cloud Nine

Austal USA is set to deliver a new dinner cruise boat to Cloud Nine of New York. The company specializes in high end corporate and wedding dinner cruises in the New York harbor. Among special features on the 135-ft. (41.1-m) boat are a bridal suite, a fully equipped galley with dumb waiter and an overhead atrium on the upper deck. The aluminum vessel's beam is 30 ft. (9.15 m) with a molded depth of 11.4 ft. (3.5 m). It has tankage for 22,712 liters of fuel and 11,356 liters of water. Up to 149 passengers will be served by a nine-person dining crew with the support of a three-person marine crew. Two Cummins C-series powered 150 kW generators will provide for the boat's extensive electrical requirements.

IRPT Mississippi River Cities & Town’s Initiatives

Courtesy IRPT Trade Association

The Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT) Trade Association announced today that it is in full support of the U.S. Mayors’ initiative of moving ocean-going containers by barge on the U.S. Inland River System.With the realization that river barge movement of goods is the most cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation in the United States, IRPT strongly endorses the initiative to bring intermodal containers to the inland river system. “IRPT promotes the use of our nation’s waterways…

Coast Guard Great Lakes Ice Breaking Ops Begin Early

Photo courtesy of Motor Vessel Presque Isle.

The U.S. Coast Guard commenced Operation Coal Shovel Dec. 15 after colder temperatures caused a rapid development of ice in the eastern Great Lakes. Originally scheduled to begin Dec. 17, Operation Coal Shovel is the ice breaking operation for the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair/Detroit River systems, and lakes Erie and Ontario. As the 2010-2011 Operation Coal Shovel begins, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit and Canadian coast guard partners will continue our proactive attempts to identify declining waterway conditions and potentially hazardous ice conditions early.

NOAA Announces River Forecast Initiative

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced the expanded implementation of its newest river forecasting system, the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS). AHPS is a combination of software and hardware tools that will draw together data from other modern technologies such as Doppler weather radar, satellite and weather station observations and other existing weather communication systems. The new service will assist in predicting high water and low water events weeks in advance, allowing more time for river users to prepare for an event. The new service will be deployed this year on the upper Mississippi River, with implementation scheduled for river tributaries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

Foss Tugboats Leave Columbia River

Foss Maritime Co. will lay off its 60 workers and leave the Columbia River, OregonLive.com reported. OregonLive said the Seattle company will sell its Columbia River business to Tidewater Barge Lines, which moves grain and other cargo along the Columbia-Snake river system, pitting Tidewater against Shaver Transportation Co. in another line of business, transporting river pilots and maneuvering large cargo vessels in and out of ports. OregonLive.com  

Blessey Prepares To Christen M/V Doug Barker

On Friday, September 17, Blessey Marine Services' newest vessel, M/V Doug Barker will moor near the Hilton Hotel for its christening ceremony. Measuring 78 x 28 x 11 ft. (23.7 x 8.5 x 3.2 m), and powered by a pair of 12-cylinder Cummins main engines delivering 1,000-hp each at 1,800 rpm, the vessel was built at the Verrete Shipyard in Plaquemine, La. The first of several to be delivered to the towboat operating company from various yards during the next few months, the three-deck vessel is scheduled to perform work on the Mississippi River system.

USCG Responds to Rising Water on Inland Rivers

The Coast Guard has stood up a Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit, Tuesday, in response to rising water levels on the Inland River System that have impacted commercial traffic. The MTSRU is comprised of experts in maritime mobility, incident response and port operations who work with stakeholders to restore the commercial capacity of a waterway following a natural or manmade disruption. As a result of high water in the Inland River System, the Coast Guard has established multiple safety zones and implemented vessel restrictions in several locations. There are no waterway closures at this time. Restrictions are in place to help ensure the safe facilitation of maritime traffic and may vary according to geographic Captain of the Port zones.

WCI Applauds USACE Emergency Funding in House Committee Bill

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) is encouraged by the House Appropriations Committee’s approval of its version of the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill and an amendment offered by House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen providing $1.028 billion in emergency funding to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair damage caused by recent storms and floods on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and to prepare for future disasters. The emergency funding is offset by a rescission of the remaining emergency High Speed Rail funding that was originally approved in the stimulus bill. The emergency funding in the amendment must still go through the legislative process in the House and the Senate…

WCI Calls for Emergency Funding

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) received the House Appropriations Committee’s approval yesterday of its version of the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen also offered an amendment providing $1.028 billion in emergency funding to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair damage caused by recent storms and floods on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and to prepare for future disasters. The emergency funding is offset by a rescission of the remaining emergency High Speed Rail funding that was originally approved in the stimulus bill. The emergency funding in the amendment must still go through the legislative process in the House and the Senate…

BMT Innovation Recognised in AWA Awards

NSW Water Awards

BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced that the Hawkesbury-Nepean River and South Creek model, developed for Sydney Water has been awarded the Program Innovation Award at this year’s Australian Water Association’s (AWA) New South Wales (NSW) Awards. BMT developed the TUFLOW FV (estuarine and riverine) component of the model, a core modelling tool which is used in many environmental modelling projects. Sydney Water is Australia's largest water utility, supplying water, wastewater, recycled water and some stormwater services to over 4.6 million people.

MTU Powers Fleet of Inland Waterway Towboats

Installing new MTU engines has improved Southern Towing’s fuel consumption and maneuverability.

MTU, the specialist for propulsion and power systems for ships and commercial marine equipment, has been selected by Memphis-based Southern Towing Company to power six inland waterway towboats. Four new and two existing vessels will be outfitted with a total of twelve Series 4000 Ironmen engines in 8- and 12-cylinder configurations. Engines from the Rolls-Royce Power Systems subsidiary MTU were selected. “Southern Towing’s investment in the Series 4000 represents our belief that…

Port Security Grant for R&D

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) awarded $1.62 million for research and development (R&D) of port security enhancements. The award is for development of a prototype multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency Cargo Information Action Center (CIAC) for ports on the Columbia-Snake River System. (HK Law).

Campbell Acquires Barges, Towboats from ACBL

Photo: Campbell Transportation Company, Inc.

Campbell Transportation Company, Inc. said it has signed an agreement with American Commercial Barge Line LLC (ACBL) to acquire certain affreightment contracts along with 155 barges and four towboats that will operate on the Ohio River system. Campbell said it expects to close the transaction by the end of the second quarter, subject to customary closing conditions. Once the acquisition has been completed, Campbell will own and/or manage more than 1,100 barges and 50 towboats on the inland waterways, along with four shipyard facilities and a marine construction company.

Governors Write Obama for Mississippi River Funding

The Governors of the five Upper Mississippi River States of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin are seeking President Obama’s support for critical investments in the Upper Mississippi River System as a nationally significant navigation system and a nationally significant ecosystem. In an August 20, 2014 joint letter to President Obama, the Governors expressed their ongoing commitment to the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) authorized by Congress in 2007. NESP is an unprecedented, dual-purpose program that integrates lock capacity expansion and modernization (including seven new 1,200-foot lock chambers and several small-scale navigation efficiency measures) and ecosystem restoration efforts designed to improve the river’s ecological health.

Delta Queen Steamboat Company Makes Schedule Changes

The Delta Queen Steamboat Company, which will deliver two new steamboats to the Mississippi River system this spring, announced today that its American Queen schedule will be postponed until 2007, due to conditions in New Orleans and along the lower Mississippi River system, the steamboat's home base. Over the last few months, the American Queen has been in private charter. Passengers will be given the opportunity to travel on one of the other steamboats in the company's fleet including the historic Delta Queen or the Mississippi Queen.

Hearing on New Orleans Oil Spill

On September 16, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct an oversight hearing on the Oil Spill in New Orleans in July 2008 and Safety on the Inland River System. Source: HK Law

Hearing on New Orleans Spill

On September 16, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct an oversight hearing on the Oil Spill in New Orleans in July 2008 and Safety on the Inland River System. Source: HK Law

MN100: Tidewater Transportation and Terminals

(Photo: Tidewater Transportation and Terminals)

Nearly 85 years ago, Tidewater pioneered commercial transportation on the upper Columbia Snake River system and opened up one of the nation’s most isolated regions to global markets. Today, Tidewater Holdings is comprised of Tidewater Barge Lines, Tidewater Terminal Company, and since 2014, Tidewater Environmental Services, Incorporated. Tidewater Terminal Company works in conjunction with its Barge Lines, using key intermodal connections to railroads, highways and pipelines.

Plans to Create Rio Doce Fund

Fundao Dam in August 2013 via Google Earth Photo BHP Billiton

Vale and BHP Billiton announced today plans to work together, with Samarco, to establish a voluntary, non-profit fund to support the rescue and recuperation of the Rio Doce river system, affected by an accident at Samarco’s Fundão dam, in the state of Minas Gerais on 5 November 2015. The Fund would initially be sponsored by Vale and BHP Billiton. The aim is to seek additional financial support from other private, public and non-government organisations. The initial value is still being defined.

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