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Flooding Cripples Grain Barge Shipments in U.S. Midwest

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Grain barge shipping came to a near standstill in parts of the U.S. Midwest on Thursday as recent heavy rain and melting snow swelled rivers, halted barge loading and sidelined the towboats that haul farm belt crops to Gulf Coast export terminals.   The flooded waterways sent cash premiums for corn

First of Three New ATBs Delivered for Vane Brothers

Photo: Vane Brothers

The Vane Brothers Company continues to expand its fleet with new vessel construction. This February, the marine transportation company took delivery of the first of three new ATB tugs from the Conrad Orange Shipyard in Orange, Texas. The first boat is the Assateague, and the other two boats will be the Chincoteague and Wachapreague.

#BTC100 History

Photo Courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co.

Bouchard Transportation Co. launches Liberty Ship S.S. Frederick Bouchard in November 1944. Built in memory of Capt. Fred Bouchard, the vessel is then christened by his wife, Ellen S. Bouchard. #BTC100    The July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News will feature a special “Bouchard Transportation Co.

Ports of Indiana: Building on Success

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The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority, established in 1963, which operates three ports: two on the Ohio River, one on Lake Michigan. Port officials refer to the three as “America’s Premier Inland Port System.” They cite location, location, location, providing access via two critical freight

Kirby Closes Acquisition of Higman Marine

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Kirby Corporation has announced the completion of the acquisition of Higman Marine, Inc. and its affiliated companies (“Higman”), an operator of tank barges and towboats participating in the inland tank barge transportation industry in the United States.   The total value of the transaction was approximately

WCI Presents Leadership Award to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received Waterways Council, Inc.'s (WCI) 17th Annual Leadership Service Award. Stephen Little, Chairman of Crounse Corporation, made the presentation. CREDIT: WCI

On February 14, 2018, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received Waterways Council, Inc.'s (WCI) 17th Annual Leadership Service Award for his strong and continued leadership on ports and inland waterways issues.  He was presented the award by Stephen Little, Chairman of Crounse Corporation.    WCI President & CEO Mike Toohey said,

#BTC100 History

Photo Courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co.

 Bouchard Transportation Co. acquires its first oil barge, a sunken 15,000 barrel vessel, which Capt. Fred Bouchard purchased for $100. After raising this vessel, he towed it from Jacksonville, FL, to a Norfolk, VA, shipyard, where it was then converted to a hot oil system oil barge and named the John Frederick.

NY/NJ Cross Harbor Freight Program Enters Second Review Phase

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey  awarded a $23.7 million agreement to Cross Harbor Partners, a joint venture of STV Incorporated/AKRF Inc., to undertake the Tier II Environmental Impact Statement for the Cross Harbor Freight Program at the port.   The aim of the Cross Harbor Freight Program

Kirby To Buy Higman Marine

A typical Kirby Corporation Inland Tug & tow operation underway. CREDIT: Kirby

Kirby Corporation announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Higman Marine, Inc. and its affiliated companies (“Higman”), for approximately $419 million in cash, subject to certain closing adjustments.   The purchase will be financed through additional borrowings. Higman’s marine transportation

Fast-growing Global Trade Boosts Fuel Demand

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Freight movements in the United States and around the rest of the world are growing at some of the fastest rates this decade, which should provide a big boost for diesel consumption in 2018.   In the United States, the volume of freight moved by road, rail, pipeline, barge and air between September

River Rhine in South Germany Still Closed to Shipping

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The Rhine in southern Germany remained closed to shipping on Thursday after a sharp rise in water levels and the river is likely to stay closed into the weekend, German authorities said.   High water means vessels to not have enough space to pass under bridges.   The river is closed to shipping

Recovery Continues after Ohio River Barge Breakaways

27 barges broke away from Jack’s Run Fleeting area at mile marker 4 on the Ohio River and many collected at the Emsworth Lock and Dam near Pittsburgh on January 13 (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Travis Magee)

A unified command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and industry partners continues to remove barges involved in the breakaways on the Ohio River near Pittsburgh, Pa., and Moundsville, W.Va., Tuesday.    Five barges have been successfully cleared from above the dam at

South River Rhine in Germany Still Closed to Shipping

File Image: An inland cargo movement on Germany's vast inland waterways.  (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) digitalstock)

The river Rhine in south Germany remained closed to shipping on Wednesday after a sharp rise in water levels, a German inland navigation authority official said.   About 80 km of the river is closed to shipping from around Maxau near Karlsruhe to a point south of Mannheim, preventing sailings to and from Switzerland, he said.

62 Barges Break Free on Ohio River

More than five dozen barges have reportedly broken free due to ice and high water at two separate locations on the Ohio River.   So far 59 of the 62 breakaway barges have been recovered, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, who said it is working alongside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and industry

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