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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

River Transportation News

China Throwing Money at the Waterways

China's Ministry of Transportation reports that the country spent US$2.3 billion on the waterways during the period January to April 2013. This investment by the government shows an increase of 21.2 per cent over the same period in 2012. River transportation enjoys lower shipping rates, larger shipment volume and less energy consumption, although China's river transportation development has long been lagging behind other means of transportation. According to a Xinhua report, with support from the state government, China's river traffic has come onto a development fast track since 2011. In 2011 and 2012, China invested CNY85.28 billion on river traffic, which grew at an average rate of 16.6 per cent per year.  

IRPT, Community College MoA on Maritime Training

The Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT) Trade Association announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Lewis & Clark Community College - National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) and the Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (MRTDL) Consortium. “IRPT promotes the education of the river industry professionals. We continue to see the need for skilled workers in occupations in river transportation,” said Hugh McConnell, president of IRPT.

Spotlight on Intermodal River Transport

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company’s towboat, the M/V Miss Shirley, arrived at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, transporting containers via barge as part of a demonstration to show the viability of intermodal river transportation. “Currently our nation’s highways and railways are operating near full capacity, while our inland waterways are vastly underutilized,” said Dan Mecklenborg, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Ingram Barge Company. “We know there is substantial room to grow in transporting goods on the rivers with minimal investment.

Light Sheen on Mississippi After Barge Sinks

According to a report from www.stltoday.com, investigators with the U.S. Coast Guard said a sheen is clearly visible on Thursday Oct. 7 on the Mississippi River near where a towboat sank the night of Oct. 6, but it's unclear how much fuel has leaked from the vessel and how that would affect public drinking water. ARTCO, Amercian River Transportation Co., owned the 70-foot-long towboat that sank north of the McKinley Bridge near the Missouri shore. (Source: www.stltoday.com)

River Transportation Vital to Economy

of the mid-west region and the nation. commerce in America's agricultural and industrial heartland. Navigation System. said Barry Palmer, President & CEO of Waterways Work! river. world markets. residents and industrial facilities throughout the basin. St. Louis is the second largest inland port in the United States. cars each year. and efficient for our nation's economy to flourish," continued Palmer.

Russian JV Close Acquisition of Prime Shipping

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The Russian Joint Venture between Rosneft, Sberbank Investments and Pietro Barbaro S.p.A. closed the acquisition of the Pietro Barbaro Group shipping assets in the Russian Federation (100% share of Prime Shipping group of companies). Prime Shipping is one of the leaders of the Russian river and sea transportation tanker market. The deal was financed by Sberbank. The acquisition of a logistics asset will allow Rosneft to strengthen its positions in the river transportation market and enhance the efficiency of operations…

New Barge Fleeting and Switching Operation in Cairo Harbor

American River Transportation Company (ARTCO), a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), today announced plans to launch new barge fleeting and switching operations in the Cairo, Illinois, harbor starting January 1, 2016. The Cairo harbor is a vital hub in the inland waterway supply chain. The new operation will be based in Wickliffe, Kentucky, and will provide fleeting and switching operations from mile 948 on the Lower Mississippi River to mile 29 on the Upper Mississippi and mile 974 on the Ohio River. “ARTCO is the only company in the inland waterway system that can provide a self-contained supply chain to our customers, which allows us to provide better, more efficient and cost-effective service,” said Jason Porter, vice president, ARTCO operations.

Shipping Season Opens on the Mississippi

M/V New Dawn broke through Lake Pepin ice overnight and locked through Lock and Dam 2 around 7:45 a.m. on March 25 (Photo by Pamela Niebur)

M/V New Dawn arrived at Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings, Minn. Wednesday morning, marking the unofficial opening of the 2015 shipping season on the Upper Mississippi River, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The USACE St. Paul District recognizes the first tow to arrive at Lock and Dam 2 as the unofficial start of the navigation season because it means all of its locks are accessible to commercial and recreational vessels. American River Transportation Company boat M/V New Dawn, pushing nine barges loaded with fertilizer en route to St.

Ingram Barge, MRCT Complete Emission Reduction Program

On September 24, officials of Ingram Barge Company and the Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee (MRCT) announced the results of an air emissions reduction program for towboats operating on the Mississippi River. Funding for this effort was awarded to MRCT by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program. Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee is a non-profit organization that works on economic development and land and wildlife preservation in the six West Tennessee counties that border the Mississippi River. The diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) units were manufactured by Environmental Solutions Worldwide Inc., a retrofit technology provider. Testing of the units was performed by Emisstar, an energy and emissions consultancy.

Oldendorff, United Bulk Offer Demurrage Free Top-Off Service

United Bulk Terminals USA Inc. and Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG announced a cooperative agreement to market combined loading and shipping of coal and petroleum coke in capesize vessels from the U.S. Gulf Coast to India and East Asia. The new service includes United Bulk Terminals export terminal in Davant, Louisiana and Oldendorff’s top-off installation in Trinidad. For the first time customers are able to book fully loaded capesize vessels from the U.S. Gulf Coast at a very competitive fixed rate, face no demurrage risk and receive high quality professional service from two market leaders. Customers will be quoted one competitive and all-inclusive freight rate for loading of a capesize vessel up to maximum available draft (approximately 47ft / 120…

Foss, State, Tribes to Build Columbia River Ferry

Partnership to create jobs; bring modern vessel to vital transportation link. Foss Maritime Company is joining with Washington state and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to build a state-of-the-art replacement for an aging 63-year-old ferry that's been a vital cross-Columbia River transportation link. The unique partnership between Foss and the Washington State Department of Transportation includes the Confederated Tribes whose members will participate in the vessel's final assembly work. Faber added that Foss is looking forward to working with the Confederated Tribes.

AWO Elects New Chairman, Vice Chairman

The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry, elected Mr. Royce C. Wilken as Chairman and Mr. H. Merritt Lane as Vice Chairman on Friday, April 20 during the AWO Spring Convention in Washington. Mr. Wilken is President of American River Transportation Co. (ARTCO), headquartered in Decatur, IL, and served as vice chairman for the past year. Mr. Lane is President and Chief Executive Officer of Canal Barge Company, Inc., headquartered in New Orleans, LA. Wilken, in his remarks to the AWO Board of Directors following his election as chairman, explained his priorities for the coming year.

MN100: Safety Management Systems, LLC

Bill Mahoney (Photo: Safety Management Systems, LLC)

A leading US maritime consultancy established in 1996, SMSLLC provides practical risk mitigation solutions for vessel operators and stakeholders. Clients include a broad range of operators including Genesis Marine, American River Transportation Company, Seabulk Towing, Military Sealift Command and others. Primary services include, Regulatory Advisement, Internal Auditing, Risk Management, and the creation of Management Systems. SMS LLC has been in the business of bringing practical safety management solutions to the marine industry for 20 years.

Boatracs Joins Port Security Test

Boatracs, the premier provider of wireless maritime information solutions, recently participated in a maritime security exercise co-sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Regional Maritime Security Coalition (RMSC), Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), and the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Conducted at the OEM Center in Salem, Oregon, in November 2003, the security exercise was designed to test maritime communication systems and track cargo movement along the Columbia and Snake River systems as a means of preventing potential security threats to US transportation networks. Boatracs provided a wireless maritime information system to demonstrate security readiness.

Rock Pinnacle Removal Work Could Begin Next Week

Michael J. Toohey, President & CEO, Waterways Council, Inc.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports today that two contractors named to remove rock pinnacles at Thebes, Illinois are en route and are expected to arrive on location on December 13 and 17, respectively. The Corps says it is “cautiously optimistic we can start blasting next week” after it meets with the contractors and reviews their blasting submittals. “While this is welcome news, it only solves part of the problem to avoid an effective Mississippi River shutdown to commerce.

New Foss Ferry Begins Work on the Columbia River

Photo: Foss Maritime

A new ferry, the product of a unique partnership between Foss Maritime, a confederation of Native American tribes and state government, began service on the Columbia River after a christening ceremony on August 14, 2013. The new Sanpoil ferry, a 20-car aluminum-hulled vessel with advanced technology for cleaner air, was constructed at Foss Maritime's Rainier, Ore. shipyard in 11 aluminum sections. The new vessel is the largest ever built at the Rainier Yard and measures 116 feet long, 45 feet in beam and has a draft of 6.5 feet.

Croatia Shipyard Uljanik Launches Ferry, Tank Barges

Croatia RoRo ferry launch: Image courtesy of Uljanik

The 100m long RoRo ferry was launched for the Croatian national shipping company Jadrolinija as the second of a series of 4 such vessels, and the two river barges for Sweden's Wisby Tankers AB. The ferries are designed for two-way direct sailing for the transportation of 600 passengers in summer months or 320 passengers in the winter period in the closed lounge. The ferries will also be able to transport 145 standard vehicles or 16 trailers of 40 tonnes each. All the vessels from the series will be 99.8 m long…

Combi Lift Orders 19 Vessels from Damen

Damen Zeya River shallow water push boat (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards Group said it has secured an order with German heavy lift company Combi Lift to build a total of 19 specially customized shallow draught vessels. The vessels will be used to transport oversized and heavy lift cargo for the Gazprom Amur Gas Processing Plant Project in the Russian Far East. The multiple vessel order comprises four Multi Cats 2608SD, four Pusher Tugs 2612SD, seven Stan Pontoons 8916SD and four Side Floaters 8605SD. Combi Lift’s role in the Gazprom Amur Gas Processing Plant Project will be to transport over 176…

ACL Names SVP and COO

Paul A. Tobin, ACL Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL), one of the largest and most diversified inland marine transportation and service companies in the United States, announced today the appointment of Paul A. Tobin as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. An industry veteran, Mr. Tobin's most recent role was Senior Vice President Administration for AEP River Operations. He joined AEP in 2001 with the company's purchase of Memco Barge Line, where he served as Vice President Administration and Director Insurance during his four-year tenure.

Inland Marine Transportation Investment: It Comes Down to Priorities.

Can you imagine the public outcry if our country’s major interstates were not repaved or patched for 50, 60 or 70 years, and at the same time, regulations were introduced that encouraged wildlife to nest and repopulate on the road surface, because the animals once roamed there? Surface transportation by trucks and automobiles would come to a standstill. Travel, as we know it, would cease. There would be an immediate push to find another way of moving goods, and an entire system, a true asset to our country, would be wasted.

SCI Appoints Lower Mississippi Chaplain

On March 1, the Rev. Michael Christopher Nation begins work at the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) as a chaplain for Ministry on the River, the nation’s only full-time pastoral care ministry on the Ohio and Lower Mississippi River systems. Operating from Vicksburg, MS (where Nation served as rector of a local parish for over 9 years), the new SCI chaplain ministers to mariners working in the Lower Mississippi River region. He succeeds the Rev. Michael Hammett who left SCI last year. Living and working in the city of Vicksburg has wrapped Nation up in the maritime industry. On the Mississippi, Vicksburg functions as a hub of river commerce with several river transportation companies operating in the area. Not surprisingly, Nation already knew about SCI.

South American Operator Re-Powers with Cummins

Photo: courtesy of Cummins Marine

Navios South American Logistics Inc. is a provider of river transportation on the Inland Water Ways (IWW) of the Paraguay-Paraná Rivers. With a fleet of more than 250 barges and 20 well equipped push-boats on the river, the firm also operates sea-going product tankers. Recently they have repowered the first of their push boats, the 30 by 9.5 by 2.7-meter Tomas Romero Pereira, in Paraguay  at the Shipyard Aguapé of Asunción city. The IWW Paraná-Paraguay is the most important waterway in South America after the Amazon river system.

Mississippi River Basin Gets a Grade of D+

Image: Big River Coalition

The Mississippi River basin has gotten a report card from a group that monitors watershed health and economic impact — and the grade is D+. The organization, America's Watershed Initiative, cited the poor condition of infrastructure such as locks and dams, and a lack of funding that could lead to water security issues. The Mississippi River watershed is the fourth-largest in the world, according to the group. It is made up of five river basins that flow across 31 states. It falls short in its goal of serving as the nation's most valuable water passage…

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