Author: Patricia McCarthy

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…

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…