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Ice accumulations continue to slow barge operations in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is investigating a series of cable failures in the main lock at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Barge traffic on the Illinois River continues to be obstructed by ice accumulations, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has warned that the suspension announced for Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, by Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC) is not valid, lacks merit and goes against what is established in the Contract for the Design and Construction of the Third Set of Locks.
The timber barge Seaspan Harvester looks like it's capsizing when it drops its payload by tilting 30 degrees to deposit logs in the water.
Heavier-than-normal ice accumulations are continuing to slow traffic along the Illinois River, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Olmsted Locks and Dam project and several other maritime projects and programs fared well in the fiscal 2014 budget deal passed by the House on Wednesday and due for approval in the Senate by Friday.
The passage of last night’s Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal government and raise the debt ceiling contained a provision to raise the 902(b) cap on the amount that can be spent on the Olmsted Project in Illinois to $2.9 billion from the current $1.56 billion.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated two new marine highways. A marine highway is a designated route for transporting cargo on water, and marine highways receive preferential treatment for any future federal assistance from the Department of Transportation or MARAD.
The Coast Guard has taken an important step to assure continuation of the two-tug escort system for double hull tankers that traverse Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Watch out when busting loose
When breaking loose from a barge to transition from towing astern to pushing ahead, that’s when a captain and his vessel are most vulnerable to losing control.
Author: Joel Milton
March 6, 2014