Waterways

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
Waterways

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.

Southeast
Waterways

Charleston ports agency lowers growth estimate amid trade uncertainties

The State Ports Authority is scaling back expectations for containerized cargo growth for its 2020 fiscal year at the Port of Charleston as tariff concerns continue to impact global trade.

West Coast
Waterways

Los Angeles Council vetoes APM Terminals' automation permit

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to veto a permit that was approved a week earlier by the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission. The permit would have allowed APM Terminals to begin automating parts of its operation.

Northeast
Waterways

Working waterfront groups to share $1.1 million in Land for Maine's Future grants

Six working waterfronts in Maine will receive grants through the Land for Maine's Future program.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Army Corps Tours Houston Ship Channel

Witnesses First-Hand Vessel Activity of Nation’s Busiest Waterway

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Opening The Bonnet Carre Spillway Turns Out To Have Its Costs

That’s been made clear over the past couple of weeks as algal blooms, freshwater intrusion, seafood industry damages and even infestations of alligators have descended upon southeastern Louisiana. The effects of the Bonnet Carre opening have been enough to attract the attention of Louisiana’s congressional delegation.

Southeast
Waterways

Army Corps biologist pleads guilty to lying about working for contractor in Port Miami dredging

The move to dredge the port again was prompted when harbor pilots began complaining that the super ships now sailing through an expanded Panama Canal were having trouble turning.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

United Soybean Board Approves $2 Million to Support Mississippi River Dredging

St. Louis, MO - July 9, 2019 - The United Soybean Board’s commitment to improve market conditions for farmers hits a new bottom — the Mississippi River bottom.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

The Port of New Orleans reopens as embargoes slow rail traffic

The Port of New Orleans was reopened to river traffic early July 14 after a two-day closure surrounding the arrival of Hurricane Barry, which weakened immediately into a tropical storm upon landfall, but still packed 70 mph winds. Numerous highways and rail service locations remain closed as of July 15.

Southeast
Waterways

Army Corps of Engineers admits to releasing toxic water from Lake Okeechobee into other Florida waters

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been taking water from Florida's polluted Lake Okeechobee and releasing it among other bodies of water in the state.

Southeast
Waterways

Why Florida's Largest Lake Is Filled With Toxic Algae, Again

In what has become a deeply unwelcome summertime tradition, Floridians are once again finding their waterways befouled with blue-green algae.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Bonnet Carre Spillway closure delayed another week due to Barry, but toxins not as strong

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - The Bonnet Carre Spillway could be closed within a week, said marine officials on Tuesday, but the impacts could last for months.

Southeast
Waterways

Sandy Soil And Rising Seas Spell Septic Tank Disaster In Florida

Communities across Florida are already grappling with aging septic tanks, which leak into groundwater and are considered a leading cause of toxic algae blooms. As sea level rise is expected to worsen that situation, the state and cities are beginning to tackle the expensive task of converting septic systems to sewer or newer septic technologies.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

10 candidates are competing for 2 seats on Port of Seattle Commission

With a growing airport and a looming trade war, the Port of Seattle is looking for ways to maximize growth in trade, tourism and transportation while accommodating conservation efforts.

Coastwide
Waterways

House Natural Resources Committee to hold hearings on Working Waterfronts and CZMA

The House Natural Resources Committee will be holding a hearing on Thursday, July 25th on a number of water- and ocean-related bills, including Rep. Pingree’s (D-ME) “Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act”, which would create federal grant and loan programs dedicated to projects that preserve and improve working waterfront infrastructure in our coastal communities.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

Virginia reaches record thanks to new terminal

The Port of Virginia, that comprises four marine terminals, has completed the expansion of its Virginia International Gateway, a container terminal located along the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth and has been able to handle handled a record 2.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in fiscal year 2019, which is a volume increase of 4 percent when compared with last fiscal year.

International
Waterways

Sediment and run-off putting squeeze on Havelock Estuary

The health of Havelock Estuary is continue to deteriorate, leading a councillor to ask what is being done to improve its condition.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Seattle Building New Port To Handle Cruise Boom

With Alaska continuing to be incredibly popular with cruisers, Seattle is moving forward with plans to expand their port. The goal is to have another berth available for ships by the 2023 season.

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.