Author: Carlo Salzano

Brownwater News, February 2018

Trump's proposed budget cuts Civil Works funding, disappoints WCI President Trump’s proposed $4.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2019 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program was met with disappointment by the Waterways Council Inc. (WCI). The…

Brownwater News, January 2018

Ports group pleased with new tax reform law A spokesman for the American Association of Port Authorities, which has fought tax proposals that it deems would be harmful to its members, said the AAPA achieved "a successful outcome” with tax…

Brownwater News, December 2017

Doyle to leave Federal Maritime Commission Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle has notified President Trump that he intends to leave his post effective Jan. 3. Doyle said that during his tenure at the FMC, he was “intimately involved and successful…

Brownwater News, November 2017

Study says unscheduled​ ​lock​ ​outages could cost shippers billions A​ ​new study​ examining​ ​the​ ​economic​ ​impacts​ ​of​ ​unscheduled​ ​lock outages​ ​on​ ​U.S. inland​ ​waterways has found that the shipping industry stands to lose billions of dollars if key facilities are…

Brownwater News, October 2017

House,​ ​Senate approve ​$6.2​ ​billion​ ​for Army Corps'​ ​Civil Works For​ ​the​ ​third​ ​year​ ​in​ ​a​ ​row,​ ​Congress​ ​has​ ​approved​ ​record​ ​funding​ ​for​ ​the Civil​ ​Works​ ​program​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Army​ ​Corps​ ​of​ ​Engineers.​ ​For fiscal​ ​year 2018,​ ​both​ ​the​ ​House​…

Brownwater News, September 2017

US approves Jones Act waivers in wake of hurricanes The​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Homeland​ ​Security​ ​(DHS) approved​ ​waivers​ ​of​ ​the Jones​ ​Act​ ​for​ ​areas​ ​hit​ ​by​ ​Hurricanes​ ​Harvey​ ​and​ ​Irma. DHS​ ​Acting​ ​Secretary​ ​Elaine​ ​Duke​ ​said​ ​the​ ​waivers,​ ​approved Sept.​ ​8,​…

Brownwater News, August 2017

House approves $6.2 billion for Army Corps' Civil Works The House voted 235 to 192 on July 27 in favor of a fiscal year 2018 spending bill that includes $6.2 billion for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army…

Brownwater News, July 2017

House panel OKs funding increase for Army Corps' Civil Works The House Appropriations Committee unanimously passed a bill on July 12 that significantly increases funding in fiscal year 2018 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works program. The…

Brownwater News, June 2017

WCI seeks 'full use' of trust fund revenues for waterways At its annual news briefing on federal budgeting and appropriations, the Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) advocated the "full use" of Inland Waterways Trust Fund revenues for capital needs on the…

Brownwater News, May 2017

AWO leader criticizes joint negotiation by cargo alliances Thomas Allegretti, president and CEO of the American Waterways Operators, testified before a House panel on May 3 and warned of the “egregious competitive imbalance” that could result if foreign cargo alliances…

Brownwater News, April 2017

Chao: Delays, not money, impede infrastructure progress Speaking at the spring conference of the American Association of Port Authorities this month, newly confirmed Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao undoubtedly surprised her audience by declaring that the problem facing President Trump’s proposed…

Brownwater News, March 2017

Coast Guard sets drug-testing rate at 25 percent The U.S. Coast Guard has set this year’s minimum random drug-testing rate at 25 percent of covered crewmembers. The Coast Guard requires marine employers to establish random drug testing on inspected and…

Brownwater News, February 2017

MarAd overhauling Marine Highway regulations The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has notified the inland waterways industry and other interested parties that it plans to revise in full the federal regulations that concern America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). MarAd said the action…

Brownwater News, January 2017

AAPA sends Trump port investment recommendations Kurt Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), spent the early days of the new year analyzing what impacts the new Trump administration’s policies may have on the nation’s…

Brownwater News, December 2016

Congress approves new water resources legislation The Senate voted 78 to 21 on Dec. 10 to provide final congressional approval for comprehensive water resources legislation that addresses the needs of America’s harbors, locks, dams, flood protection and other related infrastructure.…

Brownwater News, October 2016

WRDA awaits resolution of House, Senate bills The U.S. House wrapped up its fiscal year 2016 legislative business on Sept. 28 with a 399-25 vote in favor of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), a measure intended to…

Brownwater News, September 2016

Coast Guard issues final rule for electronic TWIC readers The Coast Guard has issued a final rule requiring owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to conduct electronic inspections of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials…

Brownwater News, August 2016

Ports worry about CBP staffing shortages The American Association of Port Authorities said in its latest alert on June 5 that 47 members of Congress have signed a letter urging Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to allocate more resources to…

Brownwater News, July 2016

USMMA lifts Sea Year ‘stand down’ on federal vessels The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, N.Y., has ended the Sea Year “stand down” on federal vessels that was imposed in June and has started placing midshipmen back…

Brownwater News, June 2016

Industry awaits publication of Subchapter M on June 20 Now that the Office of Management and Budget has completed its review of Subchapter M, the towing vessel inspection rule, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) is awaiting publication in the Federal Register…

Brownwater News, May 2016

Senate approves higher funding for Corps projects On May 12 the Senate voted 90-8 to approve a spending bill that would provide $6 billion in fiscal year 2017 for the civil works program of the Army Corps of Engineers. The total…

Brownwater News, April 2016

DOT invites applications for FASTLANE The Department of Transportation is soliciting applications for the new FASTLANE grant program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) legislation to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country. The FAST act authorizes…

Brownwater News, March 2016

Congress authorizes Coast Guard, FMC through FY 17 The U.S. House approved a bill on Feb. 1 authorizing the U.S. Coast Guard and Federal Maritime Commission through fiscal year 2017. The legislation was sent to the White House for President…

Brownwater News, February 2016

Obama proposes budget cut for Corps of Engineers in FY 2017 President Obama sent the final budget of his presidency to Congress on Feb. 9, asking lawmakers to appropriate $4.14 trillion for fiscal year 2017. The budget includes $4.62 billion…