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ABS, Vanderbilt analyze decarbonization strategies for inland waterways

(HOUSTON) — The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Vanderbilt University have published a landmark report analyzing decarbonization strategies for U.S. inland waterways. "Decarbonization of the Inland Waterway Sector in the United States" evaluates the potential for possible future propulsion…

Port NOLA resumes containership operations nine days after Ida

(NEW ORLEANS) – Container vessel operations resumed Tuesday at the Port of New Orleans, just nine days after Hurricane Ida made landfall in southeast Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. The first two ships worked the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal,…

Brownwater News August 2021

One dead after Texas tour boat capsizes during storm  One person died and another was injured after a tour boat capsized during a thunderstorm on Lake Conroe near Houston, Texas. The 60-passenger double-decker Lake Conroe Queen rolled over at about 2015 on Aug. 14, according to a…

MarAd designates new Marine Highway, six new projects

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Thursday announced the designation of six new Marine Highway projects and a new Marine Highway route as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The AMHP encourages the…

AWO presents annual tankering safety award to Arcosa Marine

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — Last week, the American Waterways Operators' (AWO) Tankering and Barge Operations Subcommittee presented AWO affiliate member Arcosa Marine Products with the subcommittee's second annual safety award. Arcosa received this award for the design and construction of its…

Brownwater News July, 2021

U.S.-flagged cruise ship aground in Lake Barkley Salvage efforts are ongoing to free a cruise ship that ran aground in Lake Barkley, within the Cumberland River, near the Kentucky town of Cadiz. Donjon-SMIT is leading the effort to refloat American Jazz, which became…

AWO video highlights industry's commitment to environmental sustainability

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has produced a video highlighting the tugboat, towboat and barge industry's commitment to, and progress toward, environmental sustainability. The video notes that marine transportation is already the most environmentally friendly method of…

Severe weather led to barge breakaway, damage to Texas bridge

(WASHINGTON) — Severe rainfall and flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda led to barges breaking away from their moorings and striking the Interstate 10 bridge in Channelview, Texas, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in Marine Accident Brief 21/14 released…

Brownwater News June 2021

AWO elects Illinois Marine Towing’s Del Wilkins as chairman Membership of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) has selected Del Wilkins as its new chairman. Wilkins, the president of Illinois Marine Towing, was among a slate of new leaders elected to lead the national…

Runaway barge hits spillway, closes Stennis Lock on Tenn-Tom

(COLUMBUS, Miss.) — A barge accident early Thursday morning closed the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, increasing the potential of flooding between the lock and Aberdeen Lock on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (Tenn-Tom), the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal…

AWO elects Illinois Marine Towing's Del Wilkins as chairman

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association, elected a new slate of leaders last week during the association's Spring Board of Directors/Annual Membership Meeting. Del Wilkins, president of…

Brownwater News April 2021

Engineers give inland waterways infrastructure grade of D+ Shipping delays caused by deteriorating infrastructure on the nation’s inland waterways cost up to $739 per hour for an average tow, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which gave…

Brownwater News March 2021

AWO offers assistance for mariner vaccinations The American Waterways Operators (AWO) is making a letter available to its members to assist eligible mariners and other essential industry employees when they visit COVID-19 vaccination centers across the country. The letter verifies…

Brownwater News February 2021

Coast Guard confirms mask mandate for towing industry In a Feb. 8 post on its Maritime Commons website, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that a recent order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires that operators of…

Southern Towing announces acquisition of Devall Towing

(CHICAGO) — Southern Towing Company (STC), an affiliate of CC Industries (CCI), has acquired Devall Towing from the Devall family. Founded in 1952, Devall is a towboat and barge operator for specialty chemicals along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Lower…

Coast Guard Foundation names Thomas Allegretti board chairman

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced that Thomas Allegretti was elected chairman of the board as of Jan. 7. Allegretti first…

US maritime leaders applaud Biden's 'Buy American' order

(WASHINGTON) — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the nation’s domestic maritime industry, on Monday applauded the new executive order to be signed by President Biden on Jan. 25, “Strengthening ‘Buy American’ Provisions, Ensuring [the] Future of America…