Genset failure, loss of steering cited in Lower Miss. grounding

Genset failure, loss of steering cited in Lower Miss. grounding

(WASHINGTON) — An electrical generator set failure aboard a towboat and subsequent loss of steering led to the grounding of barges near Greenville, Miss., the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined. The towing vessel Marquette Warrior ​was pushing 35 loaded dry cargo barges down the Lower Mississippi River on Nov. 21, 2021, when several barges grounded on the riverbank.…
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Former shipyard reopens as Avondale Global Gateway

Former shipyard reopens as Avondale Global Gateway

(AVONDALE, La.) — T. Parker Host on Friday announced the grand opening of the former Avondale Shipyards as Avondale Global Gateway. The former shipyard has been transformed during the past four years since its acquisition into a global logistics hub for intermodal commerce. Situated on the Mississippi River, Avondale Global Gateway combines river, road and rail connections with ample storage…
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MarAd awards $39 million to 12 Marine Highway projects

MarAd awards $39 million to 12 Marine Highway projects

(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) has awarded nearly $39 million in grants to 12 projects across the nation under the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The funding will help expand marine highway services on the nation’s navigable waterways to reduce congestion, alleviate supply chain bottlenecks, and move goods more quickly from ships to shelves. “At…
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Birdon gets contract for up to 27 inland buoy tenders

Birdon gets contract for up to 27 inland buoy tenders

(WASHINGTON) – The Coast Guard Waterways Commerce Cutter (WCC) Program has awarded Birdon America of Denver, Colo., an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity firm fixed-price contract with economic price adjustments for the detail design and construction of its river buoy and inland construction tenders. The initial award is worth $28.49 million. The contract includes options for the construction of 16 river buoy tenders…
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Opinion: Coast Guard must do more to restore navigational aids on Western rivers

Opinion: Coast Guard must do more to restore navigational aids on Western rivers

By Capt. Gregory L. Smith Imagine for a second driving your car through traffic in a strange city with missing or misleading road signs, traffic lights and lane markings. Over the past decade, that is exactly the kind of navigation Western river mariners have increasingly been expected to perform. Technology that would permit 100 percent virtual aids to navigation (ATONs) may become available…
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Coast Guard medevacs crewman from dredge near Houston

Coast Guard medevacs crewman from dredge near Houston

(HOUSTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 37-year-old man Monday from a dredging vessel in Houston. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watch standers received a medevac request at 9:26 a.m. from the captain of dredging vessel Terrapin Island stating a crewman had severely injured his hand and was in need of assistance. The incident occurred in the Houston…
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Fuel barge aground after towboat collision on GIW

Fuel barge aground after towboat collision on GIW

(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard began monitoring a barge with heavy fuel oil aboard that went aground after a collision at mile marker 43.5 on the Port Allen route of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIW) on Saturday. Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received notification that two towboats, Creole Crusader and the Jack Odom, collided at…
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