NTSB cites outdraft above dam in Ohio River tow strike

NTSB cites outdraft above dam in Ohio River tow strike

(WASHINGTON) — A barge tow struck a mooring cell on the Ohio River last year after encountering a strong outdraft current above the McAlpine Dam during high-water conditions, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday. The towing vessel Queen City was transiting the Ohio River with 11 barges in tow when the tow struck the Vane Dike at the…
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Tidewater to add up to four new liquid products barges

Tidewater to add up to four new liquid products barges

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Tidewater, a leading provider of marine transportation and terminal services on the Columbia-Snake River System, has announced a strategic investment in its fleet to enhance service capabilities and support sustainable energy transport across the Pacific Northwest. Recognizing the evolving needs of customers across the region, the Tidewater board of directors approved the design and engineering of a…
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AWO elects Teichman of T&T Marine as chairwoman

AWO elects Teichman of T&T Marine as chairwoman

(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 Convention and Annual Membership Meeting. Kelly Teichman, executive chairwoman, T&T Marine, was elected chairwoman; Patrick Sutton, chief operating officer, American Commercial Barge Line, was elected vice chairman; and Brian…
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Barge strike in Galveston causes oil spill, bridge closure

Barge strike in Galveston causes oil spill, bridge closure

(HOUSTON) — A barge carrying petroleum products struck a bridge in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday morning, resulting in a spill and causing Pelican Island to be inaccessible to vehicle traffic, Houston Public Media reported. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident, which was reported to Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers at 9:48 a.m. The impact…
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Laborde repowers pair of Canal Barge Co. towboats

Laborde repowers pair of Canal Barge Co. towboats

(COVINGTON, La.) — Laborde Products recently completed repower projects on M/V Ned Merrick and M/V Integrity, two towboats operated by Canal Barge Co. The Ned Merrick project featured the replacement of the vessel's previous engines with two Tier 3 S16R engines from Mitsubishi, each delivering 1,675 hp at 1,600 rpm. The towboat, a key vessel in the company's fleet, was…
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Undetected flooding from pipe led to capsizing of dredger

Undetected flooding from pipe led to capsizing of dredger

(WASHINGTON) — A company’s lack of requirements for crew to regularly check below-deck compartments led to undetected flooding and the eventual capsizing of a dredging vessel last year on the Mississippi River, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday. The non-propelled dredging vessel WB Wood capsized on the early morning of Jan. 16, 2023, during dredging operations. Before the…
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Coast Guard seeking applicants for towing safety panel

Coast Guard seeking applicants for towing safety panel

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard is accepting applications to fill 18 vacancies on the National Towing Safety Advisory Committee. This committee advises the secretary of homeland security, via the commandant of the Coast Guard, on matters relating to shallow-draft inland navigation, coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. Completed applications must reach the Coast Guard on or before June 10.…
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Bridges reopen after Ohio River barge breakaway

Bridges reopen after Ohio River barge breakaway

(PITTSBURGH) — A pair of local bridges reopened Saturday morning after 26 barges broke loose the previous night and floated uncontrolled down the Ohio River, damaging a marina, CNN reported. The bridges, about 2.5 miles apart, were closed after the barges – most of which were loaded with dry cargo – broke free after record-breaking rainfall Friday night, according to…
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ACL acquires American Queen Voyages river fleet

ACL acquires American Queen Voyages river fleet

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) has purchased four American Queen Voyages riverboats plus other assets, according to a bankruptcy court filing reported by Cruise Industry News. “American Cruise Lines is pleased to be the successful bidder for AQV’s river vessels. We look forward to announcing additional details after this portion of the Hornblower Holdings bankruptcy process concludes,” the…
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