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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NTSB: Obstructed valve led to partial sinking of towboat

NTSB: Obstructed valve led to partial sinking of towboat

(WASHINGTON) — An obstructed check valve on a bilge pump led to the flooding and partial sinking of a towboat last year while moored at a shipyard near New Orleans, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. The towboat Joanne Marie was found partially submerged a day and a half after being moored and deactivated at the Bollinger Quick…
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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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Barge strike temporarily shuts down Arkansas River bridge

Barge strike temporarily shuts down Arkansas River bridge

(SALLISAW, Okla.) — The Arkansas River bridge near U.S. Highway 59 and the Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam was temporarily shut down Saturday after a barge struck it, 2 News Oklahoma reported. The bridge is located south of Sallisaw near the Sequoyah/LeFlore County line. Jonathan Teague, director of Sequoyah County Emergency Management, said officials are still determining what caused…
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NTSB: Complacency led to Mississippi River bridge strike

NTSB: Complacency led to Mississippi River bridge strike

(WASHINGTON) — A towing vessel captain’s complacency led to barges striking the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge last year on the Mississippi River, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. The towing vessel Susan K was transiting with 25 barges downbound on the Mississippi River toward the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge on April 23. The captain intended to maneuver the tow through the western…
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Tug’s speed, hydrodynamic forces led to Texas collision

Tug’s speed, hydrodynamic forces led to Texas collision

(WASHINGTON) — A tugboat maneuvering near a transiting tanker in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel was drawn in toward the tanker, leading to a collision, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. The tugboat Mark E. Kuebler and the tanker Nisalah collided in the channel near Ingleside, Texas, on Jan. 22, 2023. The tugboat’s hull was breached by the…
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Coast Guard won’t enforce new CARB emissions rule

Coast Guard won’t enforce new CARB emissions rule

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it will not enforce a new California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation pertaining to commercial harbor craft, citing safety concerns, The Center Square reported. The Coast Guard and business organizations oppose CARB's requirement that owners and operators of commercial harbor craft install diesel particulate filters (DPFs), which have been linked to a number…
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Port NOLA container-on-barge service sets new record

Port NOLA container-on-barge service sets new record

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) marked 20,500 container moves by barge during 2023, the highest since starting the service in 2016 with the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and Ingram Marine Group. The partnership represents the largest container-on-barge network in the U.S. with connectivity to the nation’s heartland. Container-on-barge service moves containers by water rather…
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AWO urges Gov. Newsom to delay enforcing CARB rule

AWO urges Gov. Newsom to delay enforcing CARB rule

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — In a Feb. 22 letter, Jennifer Carpenter, president and CEO of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), asked California Gov. Gavin Newsom to delay deadlines or enforcement of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) commercial harbor craft rule due to safety issues and lack of the EPA-required authorization. Carpenter pointed out that technical experts have not approved diesel…
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AWO, WCI take industry concerns to Capitol Hill

AWO, WCI take industry concerns to Capitol Hill

(WASHINGTON) — The American Waterways Operators (AWO) teamed up with the Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) on Capitol Hill last week to support the 2024 WCI Fly-In. AWO President and CEO Jennifer Carpenter and Vice President of Legislative Affairs Craig Montesano led teams that met with House and Senate staff to advance industry requests for the Water Resources Development Act and…
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