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Op/Ed: Making the Mississippi River Mightier

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A plan unfolds and support grows for a 50-foot Ship Channel to support economical and efficient grain exports. The Big River Coalition remains at the heart of that collaborative effort to make the Mississippi River Mightier.    In 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Institute of Water

Crowley Restructures Business Units

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Crowley Maritime Corporation announced it has restructured its business units as the company aims to increase its focus on government-related business and better align vessel operations and fuel distribution services. Over the coming months, the 125-year-old company will transition its non-liner

Federal Waterways Infrastructure Outlook

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Waterways Infrastructure Investments: and President Trump’s First Budget   On Capitol Hill, October 1 was the first day of 2018, at least for the federal government’s fiscal year. In theory, on 10/1, the federal budget is supposed to be finalized with appropriations – i.e., spending – established for the next year.

BIMSTEC to Promote Coastal Shipping

BIMSTEC meeting, Kathmandu, Nepal. File Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bhutan

 Member States of BIMSTEC ( Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation ) met in New Delhi this week to discuss modalities for promoting coastal shipping in the region.    BIMSTEC member countries include India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Nepal.

Interview: Brandy Christian - President & CEO, Port of New Orleans

Brandy Christian - President & CEO, Port of New Orleans

Brandy D. Christian serves as the President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, a public agency that manages more than $60 million in revenues, nearly 300 employees and $200 million in capital projects. Christian is one of 11 female port directors in North America and the first female CEO in the Port of New Orleans’ 120-year history.

Crowley in Command

Tom Crowley (Photo: © Brian Moran)

Tom Crowley has become the face of the U.S. maritime industry, steadily building his transport and logistics company into a formidable goliath. From Jones Act waivers to emerging emissions technology to the devastation of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, Crowley weighs in on the pressing matters of maritime with refreshing candor.

St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Up 10%

Photo: Chamber of Marine Commerce

St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes are up 10 percent as the shipping season enters its busiest final months.   According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 20 to October 31 reached 28.7 million metric tons – 2.5 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016.

India Pushes for Inland Waterways Project on River Ganga

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 The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has awarded a contract to a reputed consultant for technical support services for the Multi-Modal Terminal at Haldia and new Navigation Lock at Farakka.    These projects are part of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) on National Waterway -I (River Ganga),

Aurizon in Talks to Buy Debt-saddled Coal Port

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Australian coal rail operator Aurizon Holdings said on Monday it was in talks to buy the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET), which urgently needs to restructure $3 billion in debt.   A purchase would mark a change in strategy under new Chief Executive Andrew Harding for Australia's largest rail freight operator,

Busan Port Aims for Top-notch Eco-friendly Port

Photo: Busan Port Authority(BPA)

 Busan Port Authority(BPA) stated that it will convert RTGC (Rubber Tire Gantry Crane) at Busan North Port into e-RTGC/Cable Reel as part of its ‘Eco-friendly Green Busan Port Roadmap.’   To this end, BPA plans to convert 5 conventional RTGC into fully electric RTGs (E-RTGC) by the end of this year and will convert 85 more RTGC equipment.

Port Security: Preventing Stowaways

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Enhanced port security can help the in the facilitation of international maritime traffic and the prevention of stowaways.    A national workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone (6-10 November) is one of a series assisting ports with the highest number of stowaway incidents to address these issues.   Meetings

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Surges in September

Photo: Interlake Steamship

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.5 million tons in September, an increase of 23.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) said. Shipments also bettered the month’s 5-year average by 8.5 percent.   According to the LCA, shipments from U.

The ‘Ag Coast’ of America

(Image: St. Louis Regional Freightway)

St. Louis Region’s Agriculture Freight Network Poised for Growth as Handling Capacity Increases along a 15-mile section of the Mississippi River.    Located in the heartland of America, one 15-mile section of the Mississippi River in the St. Louis, Missouri, region delivers the highest level of grain

Robert Allan Ltd. Designs for the American Market

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Being based just across the open border between Canada and America since 1930, Robert Allan Ltd. has developed a deep understanding of the American market and just how our ship designs can be tailored to suit our neighbors’ requirements.   America is unique in many ways. The current designs of American

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