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Coast Guard Approves Barge Industry Security Plan

The American Waterways Operators' (AWO) Model Vessel Security Plan for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry has been approved by the Coast Guard. AWO developed the security plan after 9/11 to protect people and property and prevent vessels from being used as weapons of mass destruction. The Model Plan was developed in close consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by a special AWO Security Working Group. The Plan serves as a template for company-specific procedures to prevent terrorism in the categories of Awareness, Training, Personnel Practices, Planning, and Emergency Response. The Plan lists both required and suggested actions to take, depending on the threat level, with regard to physical security, communications, and cargo. In addition, a Plan appendix categorizes nearly 100 hazardous cargoes to identify those that could be used as weapons of mass destruction. AWO had requested Coast Guard review to have the plan approved as the industry standard under the terms of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 10-02, "Security Guidelines for Vessels." The Coast Guard has informed AWO that domestic tugboat, towboat and barge companies implementing the AWO Model Vessel Security Plan are now considered to comply with the voluntary guidance provided in the NVIC. AWO has also requested that the Coast Guard recognize the Plan as a means of compliance with the forthcoming maritime security plan regulations.


American Waterways Operators Concerned at Low Water Levels

Low-water levels resulting from severe drought conditions in the US Midwest have potential for significant national economic consequences. The low-water levels resulting from severe drought conditions in the Midwest are a stark contrast to the historic flooding of 2011 but share the same potential for significant economic consequences, said Tom Allegretti, President & CEO of American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the nation’s tugboat


NTSB Releases Finding of I-40 Accident Investigation

The nation’s tugboat, towboat, and barge industry is committed to improving public safety and preventing accidents involving vessels and bridges, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) pledged as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the results of its investigation of the May 2002 I-40 bridge accident at Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. AWO President Thomas A. Allegretti called the NTSB findings “important information that will help our industry and make the traveling public


Mystic Seaport Tugboats Exhibit

Tugs!, an interactive exhibition that will trace the past, present and future of the American tug, tow and barge industry, will open at Mystic Seaport Saturday, May 22. Designed for visitors of all ages, Tugs! will detail how tugboats play a crucial role in our 21st-century economy that is vital to American commerce and economic success.  With more than 5,000 registered tugboats and towboats operating in the U.S


Improved Safety for U.S. Inland Barges

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Honeywell reported that operating companies of all sizes within the United States inland barge market are turning to Honeywell’s Tanksystem portable level gauging and sampling technology to optimize custody transfer measurements and improve safety and environmental protection on both newly built barges and retrofit vessels. More than 4,000 tugboats and 27,000 barges move over 800 million tons of raw materials and finished goods each year along more than 25


AWO Hails New Deadlines for Towing Vessel Inspection Regs

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hails the enactment of provisions in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281) that bring the industry one step closer to a historic towing vessel inspection regulation to improve safety in the towing industry.  Section 701 of the Act requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding inspection


AWO Urged Action on Waterways Infrastructure

Tom Allegretti

As part of the American Waterways Operators’ annual Barge-In, U.S. vessel owners, operators and mariners are fanning out all over Capitol Hill today visiting nearly 150 Congressional offices to talk about the industry’s top advocacy priorities and the industry’s important role as economic generators, safety leaders and environmental stewards. The group’s advocacy priorities this year include: ensuring final passage of needed water resources development legislation;


Poor Conditions, Better Communications

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Industry and the federal government continue to work together to improve less than optimal conditions on the U.S. inland waterways. Measurable, although slow progress is being achieved. The summer of 2012 brought drought and poor navigating conditions to the inland waterways. Low water levels continued into the fall and threaten to move into winter, but the event has demonstrated how barge industry and government relations have changed over the years and what challenges remain.


Bulk Transport Leadership: Dan Martin

Dan T. Martin, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Ingram Barge Company in Nashville, oversees all commercial aspects of the company, its subsidiaries and affiliates. He has served on the National Coal Council since 2005 and was Board Vice Chairman of the Inland Waterways Users Board 2007 to 2010.

Drought and ensuing low river levels continue to affect the inland industry. Low water between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois has threatened traffic on the Mississippi River since December. For months, dredging operations have slowed vessels at points along the river's course. Since December, a stretch at Thebes, Illinois, has been shut for much of each day as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers removes rock pinnacles. A panel of five executives weighed in on a host of topics regarding inland


Senate Hearing Focuses on Single Hull Tanker Phase-Out

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing into the phase-out of single hull oil tankers. RADM Paul Pluta


Ingram Barge to Participate in EPA’s SmartWay

Ingram Barge Company announced its participation in the new Barge Freight component of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a public-private partnership between the U.S. Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the country’s leading private industry freight carriers and


AWO Praises Vessel Discharge Legislation

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, praised yesterday’s Senate introduction of a bill calling for the enactment of a uniform national standard for the regulation of ballast water and other vessel discharges


Can Fracking Waste be Carried on the Water?

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The barging industry has the answer. It’s nowhere near as complicated as it seems. As shale gas production continues to ramp up across the United States, millions of gallons of wastewater is created through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking


Cashman Adds 14 Hopper Barges to Fleet.

Cashman Equipment Corp., is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its North American fleet with the addition of 14 open hopper barges.  The 14 new hopper barges are 200’ x 35’ x 12’ and are based within Cashman Equipment Corp’s Louisiana, USA fleet


AWO Addresses Fight against Invasive Species in the Great Lakes

Tom Allegretti

Responding to the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study report released today by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Waterways Operators (AWO) President & CEO Tom Allegretti reiterated the tugboat, towboat and barge industry’s understanding of the need to prevent the


Carpenter Promoted AWO Executive Vice President

Jennifer Carpenter

The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced that Jennifer Carpenter, AWO’s Senior Vice President – National Advocacy, has been promoted to the new position of Executive Vice President, effective immediately.


AWO Congratulates Johnson on Confirmation as Homeland Security Secretary

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the country’s tugboat, towboat and barge industry, offered its congratulations to Jeh Johnson on his successful confirmation as President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary.


AWO Hails House WRRDA Passage

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, praised yesterday’s bipartisan passage of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform Development Act, as a clear commitment to improving the nation’s ports and


AWO Launches New Website

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The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced today that it has launched a new website designed to increase public awareness and foster greater knowledge of the industry’s key contributions in the areas


Laborde Chosen as Vapor Power Distributor

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Laborde Products was selected as Vapor Power International Marine Distributor for the North American marine markets. The announcement was made at the 2013 International WorkBoat Show. "The Vapor Power heaters really complement our growing position in the inland tank barge industry


It's Time for a Towing Vessel Inspection Rule

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Last month, I had the opportunity to testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation at a hearing that examined maritime regulations. In what must have been a change of pace for Subcommittee members


The ATB – What Does The Future Hold?

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The AT/B comes of age: operating coastwise, Jones Act – and beyond the horizon, too. A great deal has been written about the capabilities of the AT/B, or “Articulated Tug/Barge” unit in recent years. Without a doubt, though


W&O Expands Repertoire

“The brown water segment of the tank barge industry is very strong, as is the offshore vessel market (PSVs, AHTS, OSVs).  Backlogs in the shipyards are healthy and a steady workload is already forecasted, in many cases, through 2014.”  Michael Hume, CEO, W&O

Insights on recent moves from Michael Hume, CEO We have watched for years as W&O has transformed itself from a pipe and valve supply company to an engineered solutions provider. When you look at W&O today, what do you see … or perhaps more importantly


AWO's Allegretti Touts Merits of Domestic Maritime Industry

American Waterways Operators President & CEO, Tom Allegretti

During an address today in New York City at the TradeWinds 2013 Jones Act Shipping Forum, American Maritime Partnership Chairman and American Waterways Operators President & CEO Tom Allegretti hailed the nation’s domestic maritime industry as a crucial element of America’s economic


Industry Urges Publication of Towing Vessel Inspection Rule

Tom Allegretti, President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators

In testimony before Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Tom Allegretti, President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators, urged Congress to push for the expeditious publication of U.S


 
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