Waterways

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Flooding along Missisippi River has caused at least $2 billion in damage

As Davenport continues to recover from the most devastating flooding disaster in recent memory, the combined impact of flooding in cities along the Mississippi River is estimated to be more than $2 billion.

Coastwide
Waterways

Paying for US port infrastructure today and tomorrow

No group knows more about U.S. ports than the Washington, D.C.-based American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). Perhaps the thorniest problem facing U.S. port authorities is how to pay for both the maintenance of existing infrastructure and the improvements to facilities both on the water and landside in the future. The following questions proffered by the AJOT were answered by the AAPA staff.

International
Waterways

U.S. on “Grey List” of shipping risk register

The United States has been ranked number 43 in the official list that ranks the quality of shipping, owing to the less-than-optimal performance of U.S. flagged ships in overseas ports. The U.S. ranks right behind Saudi Arabia and just ahead of Libya on the Grey List, which is a ranking of less-than-the-best flag states.

International
Waterways

How Dredging Adds Stress to Already Struggling Coral Reefs

In addition to the well studied threats to coral reefs like warming oceans, storm frequency, and ocean acidification, scientists have described an additional threat to reef survival: Dredging.

Northeast
Waterways

Connecticut AG argues against New York’s claims in dredging lawsuit

A legal battle is brewing between New York and Connecticut over the dumping of dredge spoil material in eastern Long Island Sound.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Voices in Mississippi complain about being on the receiving end of Louisiana flood waters

Critics push for changes in how the Army Corps prevents Mississippi River flooding in New Orleans

Southeast
Waterways

Early outbreak of algae blooms detected in St. Johns River, Doctors Lake, Black Creek

CLAY COUNTY – Algae blooms on St. Johns River, widespread from Lake George to Duval County, came earlier this year, experts said.

Coastwide
Waterways

U.S. DOT Launches Port Infrastructure Development Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced $292.7 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Worse than BP oil spill: Freshwater damage from flooding, spillway release hits Miss. hard

> Water is being diverted from historic Mississippi River flood to protect New Orleans, other areas. > Dolphin and sea turtle deaths are significant, experts say. > Freshwater diversion also affecting tourism, with fishing trips being canceled.

International
Waterways

Port Report: Maritime firms ask where they fit with robotic ships

Still years away from being viable freight carriers, autonomous shipping does pose existential threat to current maritime order.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Floods raising freight rates, washing away revenues

Hundreds of barges remain stalled on the Mississippi River, blocking the main artery of the Farm Belt economy that has been devastated by a spring season full of relentless torrential rains and the melting of record-setting snowfalls. Railroads and highways have been closed as well, limiting the amount of crops sent to market.

International
Waterways

Autonomous shipping makes waves

Progress continues to be made with smaller vessels and in coastal waters but, as problems with container ships have shown, innovation and technology is not a panacea if the root cause of incidents and losses is not addressed.

Southeast
Waterways

US Army Corps of Engineers works to maintain the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

Regular maintenance to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) is required for recreational and commercial boats to make their way up and down the body of water along the coast of Charleston. Without regularly scheduled dredging maintenance, the waterway would fill with sand, silt and sediment preventing boats from passing through at low tide.

International
Waterways

Installation of “Seawing”, an automated kite system utilizing natural energy

"We have decided to install the automated kite system “Seawing” developed by AIRSEAS which was spin off from AIRBUS SE, the major aircraft manufacturer, to a large bulk carrier owned by our company."

International
Waterways

Eco-tanker design uses VOC, LNG and rotor sail to reduce emissions

Lloyd's Register (LR) has presented Hyundai Heavy Industries Co (HHI) with approval in principle (AiP) for a very large crude carrier (VLCC) ‘eco-tanker’ design, capable of using a combination of volatile organic compounds (VOC) mixed with LNG as fuel and Norsepower’s rotor sail solution for wind-assisted propulsion.

Southeast
Waterways

Latest Chapter In Port Miami Dredge: More Dead Coral, Biologist Charged With Lying

A $205 million Port Miami channel expansion that left a swath of dead coral and led to a legal battle over damage is facing more controversy.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Study says Trafigura project is safe, Port of Corpus Christi disagrees

A study commissioned by King Ranch Inc. claims that projects like the one proposed by a Switzerland-based international commodities company off the Padre Island National Seashore are "safe and effective."

Great Lakes
Waterways

US Army Corps of Engineers: Great Lakes water levels at record highs

DETROIT (WLUC) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that based on preliminary data, new record high monthly mean water levels were set on Lakes Erie, St. Clair and Superior in the month of May.

Great Lakes
Waterways

Lake Erie just set a new water level record; ‘catastrophic erosion’ imminent

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -Lake Erie is full.So full, it set a record for the month of May for having the highest average water level according to the Army Corp of Engineers out of Detroit.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Grays Harbor Dredging To Begin Soon; Crabbers And Anglers Asked To Stay Clear

As the USACE prepares remove 300,000 CY from the port, fisherman are told to keep their gear out of the way.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

The U.S needs to change its approach to flooding after record-breaking floods in Midwest, Northeastern geoscientist says

The record-breaking floods in the Midwest over the past week are revealing an urgent need to account for climate change, says geoscientist Samuel Munoz, an assistant professor of marine and environmental sciences at Northeastern.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Delta mayor calls for pause on new marine terminal, citing environmental concerns

Vancouver, British Columbia - Mayor Harvie says there are concerns about how the project could impact killer whales. The port handled a record number of containers last year

Southeast
Waterways

Rivers in SC and NC are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Florence

Months after the drenching storm pummeled the Carolinas, rivers are still showing effects from Hurricane Florence.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana Face Flood of ‘Historic Magnitude’

Thousands of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana residents braced for more flooding on Wednesday, and some evacuated their homes, as forecasts of further rain drove fears that decades-old levees girding the Arkansas River may not hold.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

In Mississippi River Flood Fight, Army Corps Prepares to Open Rarely Used Spillway

The Morganza spillway will redirect some of the river’s surging waters to protect Louisiana’s big cities and its levee system.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

Putin’s Arctic Plans Are a Climate Change Bet

Russia has launched its third new nuclear icebreaker as part of a massive effort to control shipping routes before the ice melts.

Coastwide
Waterways

PORTS 2038: HUMANS VS. AUTOMATION

A world where artificial intelligence (AI) has advanced to the point where we can compare it to a human and judge it by its actions accordingly is the scene set in the latest instalment of a futuristic port story.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

Port of Baltimore Welcomes Largest Container Ship Ever

The 14,000 TEU Evergreen Triton arrived Friday at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, setting a new record as the largest container ship to ever visit Maryland. The Neopanamax ship was able to call at Baltimore thanks to the port's recent dredging work.

International
Waterways

Shipping - LNG for 2020: IMO Sulfur Limits and the LNG Alternative

This blog post compares the uses of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel with other options for complying with the more stringent sulfur emission requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) beginning in 2020 and then discusses the development of LNG as a marine fuel.

International
Waterways

Hong Kong air pollution and the deadly impact of shipping and cruise industries

A single cruise liner berthed at a passenger terminal emits as much sulphur dioxide as 25,000 diesel buses. As the waters of the Greater Bay Area get ever busier, is enough being done to clean the emissions of ocean-going vessels?

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Restore the Mississippi River Coalition position on freshwater diversions and dolphin deaths

Restore the Mississippi River Coalition is committed to the long-term health of the Louisiana coast and wildlife. Recent freshwater releases by the USACE from the Mississippi River have altered salinities and concern has arisen on the wildlife

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Morganza Spillway opening likely; farmers can expect total loss

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards and Col. Michael Clancy expect the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open the Morganza Spillway June 2, flooding 24,000 acres of mostly farmland in the Atchafalaya River Basin and wiping out all the crops there. The corps will make its final decision on May 28.

Southeast
Waterways

Jacksonville District Begins Study Process for Future Miami Harbor Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District held a conference call on April 26 to provide an update on the progress of the Navigation Improvement Study for the Miami Harbor in Florida.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Port VLCC -- Very Large Crude Carrier -- project on schedule despite new environmental study

There’s a battle brewing between the Port of Corpus Christi and a Port Aransas environmental group.

Coastwide
Waterways

Peeking Inside the Anatomy of a Derelict Vessel

During National Safe Boating Week (May 18-24), NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration is taking a closer look at the anatomy of abandoned and derelict vessels. In this first blog, take a peek at some of the hidden hazards of a sunken vessel.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Collier watershed restoration project seeks to reverse decades of damage

Florida - For decades, an extensive canal system dug to make way for development and farms in Collier County has altered historical water flows through the region’s two major watersheds and into its estuaries and bays.

Southeast
Waterways

Lake Okeechobee's lower level debated among stakeholders

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — Lake Okeechobee is Florida's "Liquid Heart," and people who depend on it for irrigation, drinking water, recreation and their livelihoods are often in conflict on how to take care of it.

Southeast
Waterways

Using fertilizer and reclaimed water together wastes money and pollutes Indian River Lagoon

Florida - Everyone agrees: Using reuse water is a great thing. Everyone also agrees: Using it incorrectly can harm natural water bodies, including the Indian River Lagoon.

International
Waterways

Fish Below Your Feet and Other Solutions for a Living Harbor

In Seattle, Singapore, and other waterfront cities around the world, engineers are creating life-enhancing designs to encourage marine biodiversity.

International
Waterways

Solomon Trader Refloated and Removed from Rennell Island

The bulker Solomon Trader has been refloated from the reef where she went aground February 5 on Rennell Island, according to the Solomon Islands' National Disaster Office.

International
Waterways

World's First Floating Farm Now has Cows

32 cows have taken up residence in the world’s first floating farm in Rotterdam.

Coastwide
Waterways

American Shipping Is Dying. But We Can Bring It Back

While debates rage about how to restore America’s manufacturing, military, and even moral foundations to periods of perceived glory, little attention is being given to the crisis in shipping.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Resurgent sea lions cause trouble at Northwest ports

A big rebound in the sea lion population along the West Coast in recent years has created a constant battle to wrangle the protected animals. They’re smart and fun to watch from a safe distance, but also noisy, smelly and proving to be a headache for some coastal marinas.

Southeast
Waterways

Progress on Port Everglades Dredging Must Continue | Opinion

It wasn’t that long ago when the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and other South Florida business interests worked hard to amend the federal Water Resources Development Act to begin a major dredging and widening project at Port Everglades.

Coastwide
Waterways

Wind power and big bucks for Connecticut ports

Though infrastructure sometimes makes it into the US news, perhaps more now as Donald Trump seeks to make it a signature issue, ports and port planning are generally at the less exciting end of the maritime spectrum, however, the offshore wind sector is whipping up some interest.

Coastwide
Waterways

DeFazio Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Invest in U.S. Ports and Harbors

Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Peter DeFazio, last week introduced H.R. 440 the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act, which would unlock billions in already-collected fees to maintain U.S. federal ports and harbors.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Oil Port Proposed Next to Louisiana River Diversion Moves Forward

A $2.5 billion oil export terminal planned for the Mississippi River in Louisiana is one step closer to construction following a preliminary OK from a stage agency building an adjacent river diversion.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

The Challenges And Opportunities of the Mississippi River

From flooding to commerce to recreation -- the Mississippi River poses all kinds of challenges and opportunities for those who live along its banks.

Northeast
Waterways

Connecticut strikes deal for offshore wind hub in New London

New London — The state has reached a harbor development agreement and announced the start of a $93 million investment at State Pier, the beginning of what state officials foresee as the transformation of an underutilized port into a hub for the offshore wind industry.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Port of Corpus Christi Pushes Ahead with Oil Terminal Project, Environment Be Damned

As the agency courts tankers that can carry 2.2 million barrels of crude each, activists worry that the plan could spoil the habitats of the aquatic species that thrive here.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Going deep: LNG company commits to channel improvements

NextDecade Corporation, which plans to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal at the Port of Brownsville, signed a deal Wednesday with the Brownsville Navigation District committing the company to paying for deepening about half of the Brownsville Ship Channel.

Southeast
Waterways

Wave of letters asks legislators to stop discharges and store water north of Lake Okeechobee

A massive letter-writing campaign has started to get the attention of swamped lawmakers in Tallahassee.

Southeast
Waterways

‘It is not alarmist to say that the people of Florida are being slowly poisoned by the water’ | Opinion

Hats off to Southwest Florida Congressman Francis Rooney for pressing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies to tell the public what it knows about the threat of toxic blue-green algae.

International
Waterways

Canada: Dredging of Esquimalt Harbour turns up thousands of artifacts

About 3,000 artifacts have been sifted from tens of thousands of cubic metres of sea-bottom material dredged up from Esquimalt Harbour.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Louisiana: Port Submits Draft Feasibility Study to Deepen Port Fourchon Channel

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) took a major step forward in its plans to develop the next generation of Deepwater port facilities at Port Fourchon, thanks to an agreement signed in September by the Edward Wisner Donation Trust granting GLPC a long-term lease of more than 900 acres of property immediately south of the Port, to be known as Fourchon Island.

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].