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Mid-Atlantic
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USACE Makes Progress on Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - And Listen to Interview with Brad Pickel, Executive Director of AIWA

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Charleston District is currently dredging the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) in several places.

Coastwide
Waterways

The future of shipping? Hydrogen-powered Energy Observer reaches London

The world’s first hydrogen-powered boat to tour the world, Energy Observer, has sailed into London. With no CO2 emissions, no fine particles and no noise that could disturb underwater fauna, the ship is the first of its kind and potentially a model for the future

Southeast
Waterways

Deepening begins for inner Savannah Harbor

After more than 20 years, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) has entered its final construction phase, officials announced Monday.

Great Lakes
Waterways

Whitefish Island flooding expected to continue as Lake Superior water levels remain record-high

Wet conditions throughout the upper Great Lakes basin in 2019 resulted in record and near record-high water levels on Lake Superior and Lakes Michigan-Huron. These high water levels have directly impacted many of you that live and work along the upper Great Lakes shoreline.

International
Waterways

NYK successfully trials wholly autonomous ocean-going car carrier

Japanese shipping giant NYK has taken a big step into the future as it has revealed the successful trial of a “Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship”, which it claims as a world-first.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

Shipping risk: 315 billion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica

The Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica has just produced its biggest iceberg in more than 50 years.

Southeast
Waterways

Marinex Secures Savannah Inner Harbor Dredging Project

Marinex Construction Inc. of Charleston, SC, has won a $26.1 million contract for the FY19 Savannah Inner Harbor Maintenance Dredging project.

International
Waterways

Canada’s Indo-Pacific pivot

Canada has long looked across the Atlantic but the pull of the Pacific flank is growing stronger.

Southeast
Waterways

Florida: Where boating is a pleasure: A new Publix could let you dock to shop

Attention boaters: There may soon be a Publix where you’ll be able to ease into a dock, scoop up some groceries and sail away without having to worry about South Florida’s traffic jams and parking lot fender benders.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

AIWA Announces National Meeting in Savannah Celebrating 20 Years of Advocacy for the Intracoastal Waterway

The AIWA - the Voice of the Waterway - is a national non-profit organization with the mission of securing funding and support for the maintenance of the AIWW (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway). We are the only organization dedicated to ensuring the future of the AIWW and proudly represent all stakeholders of the waterway. 

Southeast
Waterways

Editorial: DeSantis making good on his promises for Florida's water resources

So far, Gov. Ron DeSantis is proving as good as his word when it comes to protecting our waterways.

Coastwide
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Is Criminally Charging the “Conception” Dive Ship Crew Justice? Or Just Papering Over the Enablement of Death Traps?

“Snoozing crew raises specter of criminal charge in boat fire” was the headline of an AP story this week and if the feds do indeed charge the surviving crew of the dive ship Conception, it won’t be the first time in recent years that they have dusted off the archaic “seaman’s manslaughter” statute.

Coastwide
Waterways

Dredging Titan Douglas B. Mackie Dies at 67

Douglas B. Mackie, Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (GLDD) from 1995 to 2011, passed away on September 11, 2019.

West Coast
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West Coast BUDM: Santa Barbara Harbor Maintenance Dredging

Construction services will consist of maintenance dredging of the federal navigation

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Tides don't always flush water out to sea

In Willapa Bay in Washington state, scientists discovered that water washing over tidal flats during high tides is largely the same water that washed over them during the previous high tide. This 'old' water has not been mixed with 'new' water and has lower levels of food for creatures in the bay. Oysters grown on flats where 'old' water stays longer showed a 25% drop in dry tissue weight per shell height.

Southeast
Waterways

Georgia: Cargo Ship Overturns Near Port Of Brunswick, 4 Sailors Still Missing

The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers are still searching for the remaining four crew members of a cargo ship that overturned near St. Simons Island Sunday.

Northeast
Waterways

New York City waterfronts will be unrecognizable in a decade: Report

Major developments coming in Bushwick Inlet Park, Harlem River Park, Port Morris and more.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Washington: Wood chips fly at Elwha River as beavers make a comeback

ELWHA RIVER — The Elwha watershed is booming with new life, after the world’s largest dam removal.

Northeast
Waterways

Sargent's view: Coastal communities fight for their lives

You could almost hear the sound of federal money being sucked toward the politically powerful city of New Orleans. Up to a quarter of the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget goes to shoring up the Mississippi in a normal year, billions more in the wake of one of their frequent hurricanes.

Northeast
Waterways

Maryland governor puts pressure on Pennsylvania over bay pollution

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the world. For years, states that provide the Bay’s watershed—Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, New York, and the District of Columbia—have been working with varying success to improve the health of the bay.

Mid-Atlantic
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Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway Association to meet in Savannah

AIWA's 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting is November 21 - 22, 2019 in Savannah, GA

International
Waterways

Shippers brace for sharp rise in ocean fuel costs as IMO 2020 looms

Container shipping bunker adjustment factors (BAFs) will rocket later this year as the deadline for the mandatory use of new low-sulfur fuels across the global maritime fleet draws closer.

International
Waterways

The challenge of a crowded ocean: avoiding icebergs and whales

As the ocean looks set to get busier due to increasing international trade, improving navigation systems is being seen as vital for protecting both human and marine life

Coastwide
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Maritime History Notes: The father of integrated shipping

Charles Morgan in the mid-1800s used the power of steam for his ships and railroads, and then combined them by constructing a port infrastructure.

Coastwide
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Marinas Struggle with Flood Insurance

FEMA’s rates are up, while private carriers are starting to return to the market

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

CCA Texas Voices Opposition to Port of Corpus Christi’s Channel Deepening Project (SWG-2019-00067)

Citing concerns for the region’s aquatic resources, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Texas is opposed to the Port of Corpus Christi’s proposed Channel Deepening Project (CDP), permit application number SWG-2019-00067. The full public notice, proposed plans and alternative analysis can be found HERE.

International
Waterways

Exclusive: China set to deepen Argentine trade ties with bid for grains 'superhighway'

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Chinese state-owned construction giant CCCC is preparing a bid to dredge Argentina’s Parana River, the country’s main cargo superhighway that takes soy and corn from the Pampas farm belt to the shipping lanes of the south Atlantic and the world.

West Coast
Waterways

Oil Spill Risk Cited in Fight Over San Francisco Bay Dredging Plan

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A major oil spill in one of the nation’s most economically important waterways could become more likely unless a plan to dredge two San Francisco Bay channels less frequently is reconsidered, lawyers for the state of California and a conservation group argued in court Wednesday.

International
Waterways

Coastal resiliency among key topics at 2019 AAPA convention

The Port of Virginia is proud to host the 108th AAPA Convention, the largest port event in the Americas, which gathers hundreds of major stakeholders and leaders in the industry from around the world.

West Coast
Waterways

New Technology Will Listen For Underwater Whale Traffic In An Effort To Reduce Ship Strikes

Scientists from the Benioff Ocean Initiative and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have deployed a a hydrophone, or underwater microphone, to listen for whale traffic in the Santa Barbara Channel. They hope to use the microphone to help prevent collisions between whales and boats - which are often deadly to whales.

International
Waterways

There is no ice left on Northern Sea Route

But the number of ships that set course for the Arctic route still remains low.

Coastwide
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IADC Presents Fourth Nomination for the Safety Award 2019

IADC today announced the fourth nomination running to receive the Safety Award 2019 award – Jan de Nul’s Full Mission Simulator safely prepares crews for risky conditions at sea.

International
Waterways

Shipping magnate goes ‘all in’ with IMO 2020 wager

When John Fredriksen — the world’s most famous living shipping magnate — makes a big move, a common response is to ask: What does he know that we don’t?

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

Proposal Advances to Deposit Port of Baltimore Dredge Spoils on Chesapeake Bay’s Barren, James Islands

A proposal is advancing to deposit dredge spoils from the Port of Baltimore onto two eroding Chesapeake Bay islands.

West Coast
Waterways

Ships and whales: Living on the edge

The taut rope that was lowering an underwater listening station to the ocean’s floor collapsed on the tug boat’s deck with a slap, signalling to the crew on board that their mission was complete.‍

International
Waterways

World’s Biggest Oil Tanker -- Ultra Large Crude Carrier -- Sails for Fuel-Storage Zone

> Ultra-large oil carrier stores fuel ahead of IMO 2020 rules > Vessel, slowly accumulating supplies for months, heads to Asia

International
Waterways

Government of Canada supports important coastal environmental research on Canada's Arctic coasts

IQALUIT, Aug. 14, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's Arctic waters are essential to the livelihoods, identity and natural heritage of countless Inuit communities.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

As sea ice melts, momentum grows for Nome’s Arctic port plan

As ice melts around the Bering strait – the body of water separating the USA and Russia – the Alaskan city of Nome plans to expand its existing port into the only deep-water port in United States Arctic waters.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Texas bans large vessels from Houston Ship Channel, appoints new traffic cop

On September 1, 2019, any vessel larger than 1,100 feet will no longer have open access to the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) absent approval by the newly authorized and independent Board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports (Board), in accordance with two Texas bills signed into law this summer by Governor Greg Abbott.

Great Lakes
Waterways

Port of Green Bay traffic up amid high water on Great Lakes

High water levels on the Great Lakes are leading to a boom year for shipping through the Port of Green Bay.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running far higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies.

International
Waterways

Canadian Feds plan six new icebreakers for aging Canadian Coast Guard fleet

“New assets will support our coastal communities, grow the economy and will help to renew the fleet”

Coastwide
Waterways

Carr: Lifeboat Training

We huddled behind the ship’s superstructure, momentarily escaping wind, rain and snow flurries. Soon, though, we would need to leave this protection, and move to the ship’s windward side where we would start lowering and raising lifeboats. Water temperature was in the 40s F and the air was close to freezing.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

When Seattle bigwigs come calling, tell them the Port of Tacoma is open for business

Intercity chamber-of-commerce study missions sure have come down in the world when, instead of the opportunity to jet off to some exotic foreign city, participants are offered a junket to … Tacoma?

Coastwide
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Seafarers Working on Dredgers Rank Among the Happiest in the Industry

The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers recently, has revealed that seafarers working onboard dredging vessels are the most satisfied in the global maritime industry.

Northeast
Waterways

Two Massachusetts ports are biggest winners in state’s $3.6m dredging giveaway

Commercial fishing ports in Hingham and Beverly, Massachusetts, will benefit the most from a combined $3.6 million in grants awarded recently by the US state for dredging purposes, based on a press release from governor Charlie Baker's office.