Author: Carlo Salzano

BrownWater News September 2011

Three-year Coast Guard funding bill introduced Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, has introduced a bill that would authorize appropriations for the U.S. Coast Guard for fiscal years 2012 through 2014. For…

BrownWater News August 2011

Coast Guard initiates long-awaited inspection program for towing vessels Seven years after winning congressional authority to proceed with an inspection program for towing vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard took its first formal steps with the publication of a notice of…

BrownWater News July 2011

New highway proposal addresses maritime transport policy  The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unveiled its proposed six-year $230 billion reauthorization of a highway bill that includes, for the first time, an attempt to reform and streamline maritime programs. Addressing a…

BrownWater News June 2011

Mica to include maritime reform in new ‘highway’ bill Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said in a recent op-ed for Politico that a new direction is needed to address “our growing transportation challenges.â€�…

BrownWater News May 2011

Mica likens TWIC to a 'library card' Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, fired away at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) May 10 for producing, after spending nearly $500 million in 10 years,…

BrownWater News April 2011

DHS signs off on towing vessel inspection rules Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.) reported April 1 that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has signed off on a set of safety regulations for towing vessel inspections. "I am excited to hear that,…

BrownWater News March 2011

Obama proposes $4.6 billion budget for Corps program President Obama has asked Congress to approve a fiscal year 2012 budget that calls for an appropriation of $3.7 trillion to fund federal programs, including $4.6 billion for the civil works program…

BrownWater News February 2011

New Congress called ‘a major concern’ for waterways industry James R. McCarville, executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh, finds the new Congress to be a “major concern for everybody on the waterway system right now.†McCarville, in Washington, for…

BrownWater News January 2011

Legislators urged to approve waterway projects Amy W. Larson, president of the National Waterways Conference (NWC), urged Senate and House Republican leaders not to allow the GOP ban on “earmarks†in the 112th Congress to stop or delay “critical investments…

BrownWater News December 2010

Inland waterways must implement improved program Matt Woodruff, director of government affairs for Kirby Corp., a major inland tank-barge operator in the United States, testified Nov. 17 on the need to modernize the nation’s inland waterways infrastructure. Appearing at a…

BrownWater News November 2010

New U.S. Coast Guard bill speeds towing vessel inspections, expands logbook rule President Obama has signed into law a bill authorizing Congress to appropriate nearly $7 billion for the operation and maintenance of the U.S. Coast Guard in the current…

BrownWater News October 2010

Obama’s transport plan scored for absence of waterway funds Responding to President Obama’s announcement that he would ask Congress for a $50 billion long-term spending plan for roads, railways and runways, Cornel Martin, president and CEO of Waterways Council Inc.…

BrownWater News September 2010

New WRDA awaits final congressional approval Among the waterway bills awaiting final congressional approval now that the House and Senate are back from their summer recess is H.R. 5892, the Water Resources Development Act of 2010. The measure was approved…

BrownWater News August 2010

DOT selects Marine Highway projects and initiatives Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the selection of eight projects and six initiatives that will be eligible for federal assistance under America's Marine Highway Program. The projects and initiatives were chosen by…

BrownWater News July 2010

Barge industry opposes raising oil-spill liability limits Representatives of the barge and towing industry journeyed to Capitol Hill June 9 to try to head off possible legislation leading to the uncapping of liability limits against parties responsible for oil spills.…

Major barge line operator backs 20-year waterway plan

Major barge line operator backs 20-year waterway plan Matt Woodruff, director of government affairs for Kirby Corp., the nation’s largest operator of inland tank barges, was among witnesses at a Senate committee hearing called to examine ways that investment in…

House panel hears proposals for new WRDA

House panel hears proposals for new WRDA The House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee met April 15 to learn of additional proposals that might be included in a new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) expected to be introduced this year.…

Users Board adopts long-awaited inland waterways report

Users Board adopts long-awaited inland waterways report The Inland Waterways Users Board concluded a two-hour meeting in Springfield, Va., April 13 with the adoption of a final report that includes recommendations designed to provide the nation with a safe, efficient…

NWC calls Army Corps budget ‘inadequate’

NWC calls Army Corps budget ‘inadequate’  The National Waterways Conference (NWC) described as “inadequate†the funding proposed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s civil works program in the administration’s budget for fiscal year 2011. “The $4.9 billion proposal, a…

Obama administration proposes lockage fees

Obama administration proposes lockage fees The Obama administration has offered once again the controversial lockage fee as a major source of revenue to help pay for the civil works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in fiscal year…

AWO scores Michigan’s proposed locks closure

AWO scores Michigan’s proposed locks closure The American Waterways Operators (AWO) cautions that a proposed lock closure would have a severe impact on Chicago-area businesses and the region’s economy, environment and quality of life. The AWO said that barges transport…

VTS planned for Lower Mississippi River

VTS planned for Lower Mississippi River The U.S. Coast Guard has invited interested parties to file comments on a proposal to establish a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) on the Lower Mississippi River and to transfer certain vessel traffic management provisions…

House committee invites project requests

House committee invites project requests The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has begun accepting project requests for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2010. The committee said that the deadline for submitting requests is Dec. 3 at 1800. Meanwhile,…