Waterways

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Florida: Tampa port's expansion of Big Bend channel done a year early

"One of the largest projects we have worked on" wrapped up 12 months ahead of schedule thanks to a couple of especially powerful suction dredges.

Caribbean
Waterways

Jamaica: Port Royal fishermen struggle to get bait - blame dredging

The livelihood of fishermen in Port Royal is under threat by the dredging of the harbour to accommodate cruise ships. Fishermen told THE STAR that the dredging has destroyed their bait grounds.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Texas Port Report: Port Houston's vessel limits put cap on ability to serve growing export market

Anyone up for some ‘Texas Chicken’? Maybe not anymore as pilots request one-way traffic on busiest shipping hub in North America.

Southeast
Waterways

NC Ports to appeal state’s decision nixing expansion

After denial in March, the port authority is hoping to change the state’s mind on construction of a wider turning basin.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Port Houston Takes Action to Accelerate Widening of Houston Ship Channel

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority met in special session Monday and moved to accelerate widening of the Houston Ship Channel, the nation’s busiest waterway. “The Houston Ship Channel is open for business for all and will continue to be,” said Chairman Ric Campo.

Coastwide
Waterways

George Will: Our waterways policy is crony capitalism disguised as patriotism

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly known as the Jones Act, is the fundamental law of the U.S. maritime industry. The Jones Act is a cabotage law. Cabotage is the trade between two ports within the same country. The Jones Act applies certain restrictions to vessels that can participate in cabotage, or coastwise trade. The principles of the Jones Act date back to the early formation of the United States, with the Tariff Act of 1789, which required all coastwise trade to be conducted on American vessels.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

Admiralteiskie Verfi lays down North Pole ice-resistant self-propelled platform

Saint-Petersburg based Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard (a company of United Shipbuilding Corporation) says it has laid down the North Pole ice-resistant self-propelled platform of Project 00903 today, 10 April 2019, in the framework the ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ 5th International Arctic Forum.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Port of Corpus Christi seeks to keep Harbor Island lease agreement confidential

The Port of Corpus Christi is seeking an opinion from the Texas Attorney General's Office to withhold a copy of a lease for a proposed crude oil terminal on Harbor Island in Port Aransas.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

USACE awards $3.8 million services contract for Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a five-year services contract to U.S. Facilities Inc. for operations and maintenance of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway’s locks and bridges.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

OPINION: 93 years later, this is the role of the Port of Corpus Christi in our economy

In 1926, community leaders had the foresight to dig a channel from the Gulf of Mexico at Port Aransas all the way to the inner harbor in Corpus Christi. This channel first attracted businesses shipping cotton and grain from local farmers' fields and soon thereafter oil, which came from many of those same fields.

International
Waterways

China's construction binge spreads to Americas, rattles US

PANAMA CITY (AP) — China's expansion in Latin America of its Belt and Road initiative to build ports and other trade-related facilities is stirring alarm in Washington over Beijing's ambitions in a region that American leaders since the 19th century have seen as off-limits to other powers.

International
Waterways

Shipping data signals weakness in global economy

The volume of U.S. ocean cargo imports arranged by Deutsche Post’s DHL Group, United Parcel Service Inc, FedEx Corp and other freight forwarders fell sharply in February, sending a warning on global trade, a key barometer for the world economy.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Officials Open Mississippi Floodgate to Handle River Flooding

Officials have finally pulled the plug to allow an unusual flood trapped inside a levee system in Mississippi to drain, but it could be weeks before waters fully recede.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Sarasota County Spills Millions Of Gallons Of Wastewater Into Area Wetlands

Sarasota County is under fire for the massive amount of treated wastewater that has spilled from its Bee Ridge treatment facility into local waterways. Three nonprofits have told the county they plan to sue if it cannot figure out how to stop the spillage.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

New Hanover County to begin dredging Carolina Beach Inlet after Coast Guard calls waters unsafe

It didn't take long for the county to announce they would be working with the Army Corps of Engineers to begin an emergency dredging project of the inlet.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Port of Corpus Christi approves 50-year lease with Carlyle Group Joint Venture: VLCCs on the Way

The Port of Corpus Christi Commission approved a 50-year lease agreement today with Lone Star Ports, a joint venture between the Carlyle Group and the Berry Group.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Oil exports to China boost tanker traffic through orca habitat

Crude oil exports from Canada’s Port of Vancouver shot up by at least 67 percent last year, sending more tankers through critical habitat for orcas on both sides of the Washington-British Columbia border.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

Not All Is Quiet On the Arctic Front

Four key opportunities could spark instability in the Arctic in 2019.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

Frozen Frontier: Climate Change Attracting Global Economy To Arctic

In a couple weeks as we hang up our winter jackets to welcome the warmth of spring, ice that has formed over the Arctic Ocean and Hudson’s Bay will be covering the largest area that it will reach in 2019. This is known as the annual maximum sea ice extent, which occurs at the very end of our winter.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Alabama widens Mobile shipping channel to boost entire state economy

Republican lawmakers who backed the 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase know that various irate constituents might be waiting at home to give them an earful on their spring break next week. But the coastal Alabama contingent will be able to point to a very tangible benefit from their supportive votes: A deepening and widening of the Mobile ship channel.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput on her first voyage under Arctic LNG 2 project

Russia - The Sevmorput, a nuclear-powered LASH carrier / container carrier, has left the Port of Arkhangelsk* for the Gydan peninsula today, 21 March 2019. According to Atomflot, the ship is loaded with general cargo of different types for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

West Coast
Waterways

Robots vs. Workers: Port of Los Angeles punts new terminal project in wake of Union ire

28-day cooling off period now in works after contentious debate about automation; Union reminds officials that ‘robots do not pay taxes.’

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

In Corpus Christi, Injunction Puts Multibillion-Dollar Energy Terminal On Hold

A civil case reveals conflict between economic development and environmental concerns.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Terrebonne DA to probe coastal damage

Terrebonne District Attorney Joe Waitz Jr. has been appointed to aid a state agency’s investigation of possible environmental damage caused by energy companies hin the parish.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

$92M Corpus Christi Ship Channel Dredging Contract Awarded to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded a $92 million construction contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC, to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel (CCSC) from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island, as part of the Channel Improvement Project (CIP).

International
Waterways

Photos: R/V Petrel Finds the Wreck of the USS Wasp, A Famed WWII Carrier

The crew of the late entrepreneur Paul Allen’s research vessel, the R/V Petrel, have discovered the wreck of the American aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV 7), which went down in 1942 after she was fatally damaged by Japanese torpedoes.

Southeast
Waterways

$130M Proposed to Deepen Savannah Harbor in Fiscal 2020

Savannah and other East Coast ports are racing to deepen their harbors to make room for larger cargo ships already arriving through an expanded Panama Canal.

Southeast
Waterways

President’s Budget Allocates $138 Million For Charleston Harbor Deepening Project

The President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget includes $138 million for the 52-foot Charleston Harbor Deepening Project, a milestone that provides an opportunity for the project to receive Congressional funding for construction.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

Polar Star icebreaker’s crew returns to Seattle with tales of curious penguin, rugged seas, fire aboard ship

The ship was on a mission to resupply Antarctica’s McMurdo Station. The 150 crew members were reunited with family and loved ones Monday morning.

International
Waterways

Cleaning up ports: from Oslo to California

From underwater drones in Norway to an Australian-designed floating rubbish bin, tech companies and port authorities are increasingly linking up to clean up waterways and tackle air pollution. What are the most pioneering projects and what role can local communities play in creating change?

Coastwide
Waterways

Port Report: 2M ship largest to call on U.S. as lots of empty containers wait to be reshored

Big ships come to U.S. even as backhaul cargoes still lacking, and truckers deal with terminal shut-outs and chassis imbalances.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

CBBEP restores nesting habitats lost to Harvey

The Coastal Bend Bays and Estuary Program (CBBEP), a nonprofit organization in its 20th year of operation, is dedicated to protecting and restoring the health and productivity of local bays and estuaries. It works with local governments, conservation groups, teachers, students, and the public to raise awareness of natural surroundings.

International
Waterways

Second time unlucky for Solomon Islands oil spill bulk carrier

The Hong Kong-flagged “MV Solomon Trader” ran aground a month ago, spilling oil into the pristine waters of the remote island.

Great Lakes
Waterways

Brrrrr! Lake Superior Reaches 90 Percent Ice Cover

This Winter Marks Fifth Time In 2 Decades Lake Superior Has Nearly Frozen Solid

International
Waterways

Environmental Disaster Unfolds in Pacific, Near Solomon Islands, as Ship Leaks Oil

An environmental disaster is unfolding in the Pacific after a large ship ran aground and began leaking oil next to a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Solomon Islands, Australian officials said Friday [March 1].