Author: Patricia McCarthy

Industry applauds as EPA unveils coordinated vessel discharge rules

Maritime officials and organizations are lauding proposed vessel discharge regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saying they’re sorely needed to harmonize a mix of conflicting federal and state rules. Congress required the EPA to establish new performance standards…

Brownwater News October 2020

Work begins on deepening Lower Mississippi channel Weeks Marine has started work to provide a draft of 50 feet from Port of Greater Baton Rouge in Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico — more than 250 miles along the Mississippi…

Academies get creative to provide sea-term training during pandemic

For Maine Maritime Academy engineering senior Edward Dennis, a pandemic-necessitated “sail” while docked wound up being more worthwhile than normal at-sea training. “There are fewer of us on board, so we’re getting a lot of one-on-one time,” said Dennis, who trained dockside for a month over the summer aboard the academy’s State of Maine. “We’re really getting more hands-on training this way.”

Brownwater News, September 2020

Bipartisan bill would boost Great Lakes icebreaking capacity  The Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) is among numerous organizations expressing strong support for a bipartisan bill that would pave the way for increased icebreaking capacity for the Great Lakes fleet. By codifying…

Coast Guard warns that inaccurate vessel data can undermine AIS

A spring collision on the Mississippi River that resulted in several fatalities has spurred the U.S. Coast Guard to ramp up efforts to get two points across about automatic identification systems: that it’s unsafe to rely solely on the communication tool to know what vessels are nearby, and that improper entry of AIS data can even be deadly.

Brownwater News, August 2020

Funding for port relief moves forward in House 
A bill aimed at helping America’s ports through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond was introduced in the U.S. House on July 30 to accompany the Maritime Transportation System Emergency Relief Act introduced…

Brownwater News, July 2020

House panel OKs slight decrease in Army Corps funding The House Appropriations Committee has approved $7.63 billion in fiscal year 2021 funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a decrease of $21 million from FY20’s record-setting appropriation but $1.7…

Brownwater News, June 2020

AWO: Towing industry key to nation’s COVID response 
The head of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) told federal legislators in late May that the tugboat, towboat and barge industry has been instrumental in keeping the nation's economy going during the…

Study sounds alarm on black carbon in VLSFO emissions

As the International Maritime Organization (IMO) grapples with controlling the shipping industry’s use of heavy fuels, substituting very-low-sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) may do more harm than good — at least in the Arctic.

Brownwater News, May 2020

WCI encouraged by vote on cost-sharing adjustments 
Action on changing the way costs are divvied up for navigation construction and major rehab projects on the country’s inland waterways system is moving in the right direction, according to the Waterways Council…