Brownwater News September 2021

Report identifies carbon reduction strategies on inland waterways
A new report published by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Vanderbilt University explores different options for cutting carbon emissions on inland waterways.

The report considers alternative fuels and propulsion systems, including electrification, as leading strategies to “decarbonize” the industry.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of decarbonization efforts globally as well as regionally in the U.S. This collaborative study with one of the country’s leading universities evaluates the fuel and technology options and approaches that will help drive decarbonization of the U.S. inland waterways and support a safer and more sustainable fleet,” Christopher Wiernicki, ABS chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement.

More details on the report can be found here.


Port of Corpus Christi to collaborate on carbon storage
The Port of Corpus Christi and the Texas General Land Office have reached an agreement to partner on a large-scale carbon dioxide storage project.

“Such a solution would involve infrastructure to transport and permanently store CO2 captured by various industrial target sources in the Port of Corpus Christi area,” the Port of Corpus Christi Authority said in a news release.

The project is part of a broader effort to reduce carbon emissions caused by oil and gas and other heavy industries. More details on the project can be found here.


Port of New Orleans rebounds after Hurricane Ida
Shipping activity has returned in the Port of New Orleans following a closure caused by Hurricane Ida.

The Port of New Orleans container operations resumed September 7, nine days after the hurricane made landfall as a category 4 storm. Breakbulk operations in New Orleans resumed five days earlier, on Sept. 2.

“The Port of New Orleans and New Orleans Public Belt (NOPB) Railroad are resilient and strong. Our wharves are busy today, handling both container and break-bulk cargo vessels, and trains are moving,” Brandy Christian, president and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of NOPB, said in a statement.

Nearly all of New Orleans lost power following the storm, which severely impacted the region’s electrical transmission network. But port facilities did not sustain serious damage, officials said. More details on the port’s response to the storm can be found here.

By Professional Mariner Staff