Tennessee River News

13 Mar 2019

President's Request Cuts Funding for USACE

Mike Toohey  (Photo: WCI)

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) reacted to the Trump Administration’s release of an outline of its top-line FY20 budget numbers yesterday. Today, the Corps of Engineers released its account and project-specific funding levels. For the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program, the FY20 budget proposes $4.827 billion, a 31% cut from the FY19 appropriated amount of $7.0 billion. Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) proposed funding in FY20 is $55.5 million, with a total of $111 million requested for the Lower Mon Project (Monongahela River, Pittsburgh), funding it to completion.

13 Mar 2019

Waterways Council Reacts to Budget Numbers

Donald J. Trump

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) reacted to the Trump Administration’s release of an outline of its top-line FY20 budget numbers yesterday. Today, the Corps of Engineers released its account and project-specific funding levels.For the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program, the FY20 budget proposes $4.827 billion, a 31% cut from the FY19 appropriated amount of $7.0 billion.Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) proposed funding in FY20 is $55.5 million, with a total of $111 million requested for the Lower Mon Project (Monongahela River, Pittsburgh), funding it to completion.

27 Feb 2019

OP/ED: Structuring Infrastructure

Michael J. Toohey is President and CEO of the Waterways Council, Inc.

The Inland Waterways View.At the start of any new year, we are often asked what our challenges will be or what we are going to do differently in the year ahead. However, in 2019, just like each year since Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) was founded in 2003, we intend to stay the course to advocate for full and efficient funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue its Civil Works mission to construct and maintain navigation projects on the inland waterways.The Corps’…

08 Jan 2019

Towing Vessel Sinks on the Tennessee River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to a sunken towing vessel near mile marker 22 on the Tennessee River, Tuesday. The two crew members on board were able to evacuate safely.The nearby Kentucky Lock and Dam has ceased locking operations due to the incident.The Coast Guard said its watchstanders at Sector Ohio Valley received a report at approximately 10 p.m. Monday that the inspected towing vessel Tom Bussler capsized at mile marker 15 on the Tennessee River.Inspected towing vessel George Leavell was able to recover the two crewmembers who were on board and transferred them to Calvert City Landing where they were transported to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. in stable condition.The sunken vessel reportedly has approximately 4,100 gallons of diesel on board.

10 Oct 2018

AWIA/WRDA Overwhelmingly Passes in Senate

File Image: AdobeStock / © SunnyS

Bill now heads to White House for President Trump’s signature.Today, the Senate voted 99-1 in favor of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018/Water Resources Development Act, otherwise known as WRDA 2018. The Bill passed in the U.S. House by unanimous voice vote (435-0) in August.“The passage of WRDA 2018 is a win for the Nation’s towboat operators, freight shippers, ports and labor and conservation groups that rely on an efficient inland waterways system,” said Mike Toohey, President and CEO of the Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI).

19 Jan 2018

Tug Explosion Kills Three in Kentucky

A tug boat explosion has left three people dead and numerous others injured on the Tennessee River in Calvert City, Ky. Authorities said the tug was undergoing repair in drydock when an explosion occurred inside the vessel around 9 a.m. on Friday. Three were pronounced dead at the scene and numerous others were transported for injuries that range from non-life threatening to life-threatening. Kentucky State Police said an investigation is ongoing, although there is no early indication of foul play being involved in the explosion. The U. S. Coast Guard is on scene, along with state and local responders.

06 Mar 2017

OP/Ed: New Year, New Opportunity

The start of a new year often brings change, but in the nation’s capital, 2017 means a new President and Administration, and a new Congress. Waterways Council, Inc.’s objective remains the same as it has since our start in 2005: to advocate for a modern, efficient and reliable inland waterways transportation system. For WCI, achieving this means working from our “three-legged advocacy stool” approach to educating these new Washingtonians through direct lobbying, stakeholder support and outreach, and media relations.

13 Sep 2016

Lloyd’s Register, MarineCFO Partner to Provide Turnkey SubM Solutions

Left to Right: Chris Desmond (LR), Dean Shoultz (MCFO), Rafael Riva (LR), Michael Klein-Urena (LR) and David Hanowski (MCFO)

Industry Innovators Combine to lead US Towing Vessel Compliance. Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has formally announced to the United States Coast Guard its intention to assume Subchapter M Third Party Organization duties effective immediately. This message was followed by the signing of an exclusive Subchapter M joint marketing agreement between Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. and workboat technology provider MarineCFO, who will jointly bring comprehensive solutions for compliance with Subchapter M.

25 Mar 2015

RIBCRAFT Delivers Boat to Decatur Police Department

 The Decatur Police's new RIBCRAFT Vessel (photo courtesy of RIBCRAFT)

RIBCRAFT, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for safety professionals, law enforcement, and military agencies, announced the delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 to the City of Decatur, Alabama for patrol and enforcement operations. The 25’ purpose built mission specific RIB will be used by the Decatur Police Department for tactical operations and on water patrols. Located on the Tennessee River with several chemical companies on the shoreline, the new RIB will enable Decatur Police to fulfill technical rescue and hazardous materials mitigation.

06 Feb 2014

Today in U.S. Naval History: February 6

Ship being dismantled in the backround is USS South Carolina (BB-26) (U.S. Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California)

Today in U.S. Naval History - February 6 1862 - Union gunboat squadron captures Fort Henry, Tennessee River 1922 - World powers sign the Washington Naval Treaty providing for limitation of naval armament 1973 - In accordance with the agreement at the Paris Peace Talks, Navy Task Force 78 begins Operation End Sweep, the mine clearance of North Vietnamese waters of mines laid in 1972. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

10 Jan 2014

Louisiana Industrial Canal Repairs Delay Barge Traffic

A damaged lock on the New Orleans Industrial Canal is creating traffic delays on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), as well as parts of the Mississippi River. The stretch of river is used heavily for oil and bulk transport and the GIWW is also one of the most heavily used inland waterways in the nation.The Industrial Canal Lock has been closed for emergency repairs since January 3. Repairs are expected to take until at least January 17. The Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association estimates that the closure could ultimately cost users as much as $1 million per day. The lock, more than 90 years old, requires custom parts to replace equipment that is no longer manufactured. The U.S.

28 Oct 2013

Today in U.S. Naval History: October 28

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 28 1864 - Steamer General Thomas and gunboat Stone River destroy Confederate batteries on Tennessee River near Decatur, Alabama. 1882 - Orders issued for first Naval Attache (LCDR French Chadwick sent to London, England). For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

06 Feb 2012

This Day in Navy History - February 6

1778 - Treaties of commerce and alliance are signed with France. This turns the American Revolutionary War into an international conflict. 1862 - A Union gunboat squadron captures Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. 1922 - World powers sign the Washington Naval Treaty, providing limitations for naval armament. 1973 - Operation End Sweep, a mine-clearing operation, begins off North Vietnam. 1979 - Six U.S. vessels evacuate 200 American citizens and 240 other persons from the ports of Bandar Abbas and Char Bahar in revolution-wracked Iran. 1991 - Within two hours of relieving her sister battleship during the Gulf War, USS Wisconsin (BB 64) conducts her first naval gunfire support mission since the Korean War, destroying an Iraqi artillery battery in Southern Kuwait.

30 Jan 2012

RADM Mary Landry to Keynote WISTA Luncheon

WISTA USA President Jeanne M. Grasso said that Rear Admiral (RADM) Mary Landry (United States Coast Guard (USCG) Retired), the Federal On-Scene Coordinator during the first days of the Deepwater Horizon incident, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s WISTA luncheon held on March 19th at the beginning of the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2012 conference. This is the 7th year that WISTA has held this luncheon, which kicks off the annually successful CMA event.

30 Jan 2012

Tennessee River Partially Reopened After Allision

Coast Guard reopens portion of Tennessee River to commercial traffic after bridge collapse. The Coast Guard has reopened a portion of the Tennessee River, Saturday, after a section of the Eggner Ferry Bridge collapsed following an allision with a vessel.The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has deemed the navigable channel safe for commercial transit after completing a channel survey Friday evening and finding no obstructions or debris. The safety zone from mile marker 41 to mile marker 43 on either side of the bridge continues to be in effect. At approximately 7 a.m., Saturday, the Coast Guard began allowing commercial vessels to move through the safety zone. Vessels are instructed to transit at the slowest safe speed to ensure minimal wake.

09 Nov 2010

SeaArk Boat for Guntersville Fire Department, Ala.

Photo courtesy SeaArk Marine, Inc.

SeaArk Marine, Inc. has delivered a 30-ft Enforcer Series all-welded aluminum fire/rescue boat to the Guntersville, Ala. Fire Department. The boat features a modified vee, constant deadrise hull that produces a smooth, dry and stable ride. These characteristics were given a high priority by the Guntersville Fire Department in order to ensure required fast response times, capability for all-weather fire fighting and maneuvering on-station requirements were met. The boat is tasked for fire/rescue/recovery missions on Lake Guntersville (69,000 acre lake) and the Tennessee River.

28 Oct 2010

This Day in U.S. Naval History – October 28

1864 - Steamer General Thomas and gunboat Stone River destroy Confederate batteries on Tennessee River near Decatur, Alabama. 1882 - Orders issued for first Naval Attache (LCDR French Chadwick sent to London, England). (Source: Navy News Service)

27 Oct 2009

This Day in Naval History – Oct. 28

1864 - Steamer General Thomas and gunboat Stone River destroy Confederate batteries on Tennessee River near Decatur, Alabama. 1882 - Orders issued for first Naval Attache (LCDR French Chadwick sent to London, England). (Source: Naval News Service)

11 May 2009

USCG, USACE Disburse Recovery Act Funds

On April 20, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security revealed that four bridge alteration projects will receive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that President Obama signed into law on February 19. Additionally, Secretary Napolitano announced that some ARRA funding would go toward building the edifices for various Coast Guard sectors, and for other functions around the country. ARRA allotted $240m to the Coast Guard. Secretary Napolitano indicated that $142m of that total will fund bridge alteration projects on the Mobile Bridge in Hurricane, Al.; the EJ&E Bridge in Devine, Ill.; the Burlington Bridge in Burlington, Ia.; and, the Galveston Causeway Bridge in Galveston, Texas.

06 Feb 2009

This Day in Naval History – Feb. 6

1862 - Union gunboat squadron captures Fort Henry, Tennessee River 1922 - World powers sign the Washington Naval Treaty providing for limitation of naval armament 1973 - In accordance with the agreement at the Paris Peace Talks, Navy Task Force 78 begins Operation End Sweep, the mine clearance of North Vietnamese waters of mines laid in 1972. (Source: Navy News Service)

22 Sep 2008

AAM Delivers Eco-Tour Catamaran

All American Marine, Inc. recently launched a high speed vessel that has the potential to become the newest icon in   After several years of planning and preparation, the Tennessee Aquarium’s efforts to procure a new tour boat came to fruition when they signed a contract with All American Marine in 2007. The River Gorge Explorer is now complete and began operations during the summer season. The Tennessee Aquarium is located along the banks of the Tennessee River in and is a major attraction, featuring an IMAX theatre, fresh and saltwater aquarium exhibits, and river tours.

15 Apr 2008

Palmer to Retire from WCI

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) Chairman Dan Mecklenborg announced that an executive search has begun to identify a successor for R. Barry Palmer, WCI President/CEO, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of this year. WCI’s Executive Committee has retained JDG Associates, Ltd., , to conduct the national search for a successor for Mr. Palmer. A search committee to evaluate both internal and external candidates, led by Chairman Mecklenborg, has been organized and is composed of WCI Executive Committee members Rick Calhoun…

06 Feb 2008

This Day in Naval History - Feb. 06

1778 - Treaties of commerce and alliance are signed with France. This turns the American Revolutionary War into an international conflict. 1862 - A Union gunboat squadron captures Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. 1922 - World powers sign the Washington Naval Treaty, providing limitations for naval armament. 1973 - Operation End Sweep, a mine-clearing operation, begins off North Vietnam. 1979 - Six U.S. vessels evacuate 200 American citizens and 240 other persons from the ports of Bandar Abbas and Char Bahar in revolution-wracked Iran. 1991 - Within two hours of relieving her sister battleship during the Gulf War, USS Wisconsin (BB 64) conducts her first naval gunfire support mission since the Korean War, destroying an Iraqi artillery battery in Southern Kuwait.

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