IRPT Member – Sennebogen Material Handler Attracts Attention to Nashville Port Facility

Posted on: October 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Smyrna, TN - “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” Ryan Hollingshead learned there’s some truth to that old saw, ever since he took delivery of his “better mousetrap” late last year. Ryan and his brother Jeff along with their father, Mike, operate SRM Concrete, with more than 30 ready-mix locations in Tennessee and Kentucky along with additional plants in Indiana and Florida. This year, they have been enjoying the attention attracted by their latest equipment purchase: a SENNEBOGEN 870 R-HD electric-drive material handler. The big green machine is installed at the SRM loading facility at Hailey’s Harbor, on the Tennessee River near Nashville, TN. It’s an impressive addition to the river front, weighing in at 204,400 lbs. (92,714 kg) and towering 19’ 6” (5.9 m) high as it quickly swings loads of sand, stone, gravel and salt with its 4-yard clamshell bucket. But what’s bringing visitors into the site is the safety of the 870! “Safety is huge in our company,” says Hollingshead. “With that electric machine, you can have an entire conversation while it’s running right beside you. It’s just so much safer to be able to talk to the deck hands while they’re down there on the barge. With diesel engines, it’s so loud, I was having to use walkie talkies. The quiet of the electric-drive was a huge point for me on the operation side.” His operators have expressed special appreciation of the floor window in the 870’s cab. “You can see all the way through the floor through your feet. There are times when I have to put my guys in the barge. You’ve got guys down there, so you want to always be safe.” Safety and electric-drive go hand-in-hand for SENNEBOGEN, too. “We don’t make safety an option” promises Constantino Lannes, President of SENNEBOGEN LLC. “All the guarding and handrails you see on every one of our machines, the sliding door and catwalk on our maXCab, the amount of window space and the dual-camera system for operators – these are standard features.” SENNEBOGEN was also a pioneer in the emergence of electrically powered material handlers. Their low noise emissions are matched by zero engine emissions, making every yard and worksite healthier for employees. Because of SENNEBOGEN’s modular manufacturing methods, its “eGreen” electric drive is just one of many variations available throughout the standard line-up. “I’m very impressed with how it runs,” Hollingshead continues. “I operate a lot of machines myself and sometimes you might get worried that an electric motor is just not going to lift all that weight. This one runs neck and neck with diesel. I haven’t had any problems. It will lift just like a diesel will. You’ve got all the power there, it’s cheaper on fuel and it provides us with significant maintenance cost savings.” SRM’s 870 R-HD is mounted on a crawler undercarriage and receives power through a 200 ft. tether cable, allowing the machine to move freely and position optimally for unloading at dockside. According to Power Equipment Company, SRM’s local SENNEBOGEN distributor, the same electric-drive machine is also available on rubber tires or a fixed mount. After running the 870 through its first 1,200 hours, SRM noticed that the electric drive appears to get a favorable view from regulatory inspectors, too. “Environmental restrictions are getting tighter and I’ve had OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in here. When they see an electric machine, they just seem easier to deal with. It’s better on the environment. With no diesel and no refueling, that’s one less fluid I have to deal with and to keep away from the water.” Both Lannes and Gary Hirsch, Power Equipment’s VP & GM of Scrap, Recycling & Ports, note that SENNEBOGEN’s electric-drive models are increasingly popular in port applications because of their reduced environmental risk. “All of our customers appreciate the savings in maintenance and diesel costs with an electric motor. However, from an environmental impact perspective, eliminating the potential for fuel spills is especially important to those who operate these machines on the waterways.” Hollingshead has welcomed numerous visitors to the Hailey’s Harbor site for a demo of the 870 because, he claims, “eventually, everybody’s going to have to go electric. We’re just trying to get ahead of the game. These are friends of ours who are very close to buying a SENNEBOGEN. They’re getting on my crane and signing a waiver just to run it. I’m always open to friends stopping by to come in and look.” About SENNEBOGEN SENNEBOGEN has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for over 60 years. Based in Stanley, North Carolina, within the greater Charlotte region, SENNEBOGEN LLC offers a complete range of purpose-built machines to suit virtually any material handling application. Established in America in the year 2000, SENNEBOGEN LLC has quickly become a leading provider of specialized equipment solutions for recycling and scrap metal yards, demolition, barge and port operations, log-handling, transfer stations and waste facilities from coast to coast. A growing network of distributors supports SENNEBOGEN LLC sales and service across the Americas, ensuring the highest standard of professional machine support and parts availability. For more information on the full line of SENNEBOGEN green line material handlers, contact: Constantino Lannes, President SENNEBOGEN LLC 1957 Sennebogen Trail (formerly 7669 Old Plank Road) Stanley, NC 28164 Tel: (704) 347-4910 or fax (704) 347-8894 E-mail: Visit the website at About Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company Brandeis Machinery and Supply is part of Bramco Inc., one of the largest construction, mining and industrial equipment sales, rental and service networks in the country. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, Bramco operates throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Northern Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas. Bramco’s management understands that the success of our business is built upon maintaining our capabilities and developing a trusting relationship with our customers. The Bramco companies work as a team to provide innovative solutions for leading construction, mining, earth-moving and industrial equipment users. For more than 107 years, Bramco has developed a reputation for continually introducing product and service improvements. Our legacy remains intact today, and will continue in the future, because of our commitment to customer satisfaction. Photo Captions:   Hydraulic Cab.jpg - The position of the hydraulic cab allows the operator to clearly see the bottom of the barge. hydraulic-cab-sennebogen   Into Position.jpg - The smooth hydraulics, combined with excellent visibility, allows th­e operator to move the buckets easily into position into-position-sennebogen


Posted on: October 15, 2016 | 0 Comments



  2117 STATE STREET SUITE 300    BETTENDORF, IA. 52722 TEL (563)344-5000            FAX (563)344-5102   October 14, 2016 The St Paul Port Authority and Alter River Terminal St. Paul recently began construction of a heavy lift pad which offer a new transload site for oversize and overweight specialized cargos and will accommodate lifts of up to 200 tons each. The Alter River Terminal location at 801 Barge Channel Road is expected to be completed the first week of November and will be ready to accept its first trans-load project.   The St Paul Port Authority, with a funding grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and matching funds from Alter, awarded the contract to local firm Carl Bolander & Son’s. Under design and engineering plans from Krech Ojard & Associates, construction began early September and is expected to be completed on schedule. The heavy lift pad will consist of just under 170 concrete piles driven to bedrock. This substantial structure will be capable of lifts weighing up to 200 tons. The installation of this pad will add new tonnage through the port and reduce congestion of truck and rail traffic in the area. This site will be designated as the only certified heavy lift pad in the St Paul metro area and allow local businesses to move their heavy cargoes in a more efficient and cost effective manner. The facility will be able to trans-load materials from barge, rail and truck.   The heavy lift pad is located in South St Paul on Port Authority Property on 20 acres leased to Alter Logistics Company, DBA Alter River Terminal St Paul.  Sister company, Alter Metal Recycling, founded in 1898, also owns an adjacent 17 acres and has been operating jointly on the site since 1961. For further information or rates please contact Jeremy Goldstein, (563)340-9364, or Tom Streight (563)529-2193, alter-pic-1alter-pic-2

IRPT Email Release

Posted on: October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments


Dear All,

I would like to share with you some of the biggest news yet from IRPT. On December 13th, 2016, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (IRPT) will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in Panama. This Memorandum of Understanding is important to all of our inland river ports, terminals, and river-borne transportation services and will recognize the importance of promoting waterway shipping. To IRPT Members: IRPT and the ACP are excited to WELCOME YOU to Panama. Susan Livorsi (IRPT) is working with a local travel agent in St. Louis, MO, to help make the arrangements for this historic trip. At this point we are hoping to keep the final cost for this trip to under $1000.00 per person. If you are interested in attending, please let us know immediately. IRPT is a non-profit entity whose mission is to be a resource for inland river ports, terminals, and river-borne transportation services and to promote the value of the inland river transportation system to users. IRPT promotes foreign and domestic commerce, economic development and job creation throughout the inland waterway system and has been working to bring container on barge (COB) shipping to the Mississippi River and its tributaries. As this project moves forward, the parties will promote the use of the Panama Canal for vessels calling on U.S. Gulf ports. The Panama Canal Authority is the organization in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal, one of the main links of world commerce. The ACP has recently completed a multi-billion-dollar expansion project that will double the waterway’s capacity and will allow for the transit of larger and wider vessels. The expansion will result in economies of scale in shipping and an improved transportation system through Panama. IRPT’s members are located on the United States inland river system and are a major source of export and import generation for the economy. Members depend heavily on foreign trade routes such as the Panama Canal. Both IRPT and ACP are constantly undertaking a series of activities aimed at fostering the growth of global commerce and desire to cooperate in creating awareness of the benefits derived from the Canal expansion and from the optimization of existing inland transportation that is used to move various commodities from and to the United States through the Panama Canal. According to a SWOT analysis performed by Booz, Allen and Hamilton, strengths of the canal expansion include:
  • Bulk and break bulk freight markets – agriculture, coal, petroleum, chemicals – good base of export tonnage
  • Mississippi River connectivity to inland US and international locations – bulk goods movement
And opportunities include:
  • Near-term and long-term diversion opportunities oriented toward Latin America and Mexico with containerized cargo
  • Well positioned to focus on select industries/commodities with a niche differentiation strategy rather than focusing on a broad market scope strategy
  • Possible beneficiary of increased trade with Caribbean transshipment strategies and or rise of smaller/mid-sized ports based upon the anticipated congestion at larger ports
Researcher Anthony Ross at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business said “The assumption that only eastern states will have a cost advantage to using the canal may not be true. The dynamics of steam time, ship size and fuel surcharges can be important drivers extending the north-south running westward” along the Gulf Coast, including the ports of Houston and Gulfport, Mississippi. The Panama Canal should be thought of as a strategic bridge between Asia, the east coast of North America and to South America. To better understand the potential effects of the Panama Canal Expansion, I would like to draw your attention to a report published in 2015 by the Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson titled, “Wide Open: How the Panama Can Expansion is Redrawing the Logistics Map More specifically, the report suggests the East Coast Ports stand to gain 10% additional share of container traffic from East Asia to the U.S. On page 8, the report states, “this shift of up to 10% will fundamentally alter supply chains. Notably, the battleground on which U.S. ports compete with one another for customers will likely expand and move several hundred miles west, toward Chicago and Memphis.” In addition, the report states, “Growth rates for the larger ports on the West Coast will decrease, competition among East Coast ports will intensify, and rail and truck traffic patterns will shift.”   In addition: On May 27th, 2016, IRPT submitted a MARAD Grant Application for a Container-On-Barge (COB) Planning Project. This was a partnership grant application. Partners included: The Mississippi Rivers Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals (IRPT), and the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA). This partnership joined the City of St. Louis, MO, Port Authority (the Authority) to form a team of applicants for MARAD's "Funding Opportunity for America's Marine Highway Projects." This team will ask the ocean carriers how COB shipping can help them attract more business. The partnership will call upon the major steamship lines to determine what obstacles they have encountered to inland shipping, what new technology or government mandates will drive their decisions, how can COB swing the cost-benefit calculus to their advantage. After our introductory conversations, we will hold roundtable meetings in Washington, DC, New York City, and an M/35-M/55 port city. The primary goal of the project is to determine what helps or hinders the movement of containerized goods along the Mississippi River by ocean carriers and major shippers. I hope you all find this news to be as exciting as I do! If you wish to be a part of the historic signing in Panama, please let me know as soon as possible. Sincerely,   Aimee Andres Executive Director​ Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals One Confluence Way East Alton, IL 62024

Phone: (618) 468-3010

IRPT Member – Ports of Indiana identifies former Lawrenceburg coal plant as site for future port analysis

Posted on: October 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Ports of Indiana identifies former Lawrenceburg coal plant as site for future port analysis Indiana Michigan Power to sell site to brownfield redevelopment firm that is working with Ports of Indiana to evaluate development of state's fourth port   LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (Oct. 6, 2016) - The Ports of Indiana announced today that Indiana Michigan Power has agreed to sell its recently retired Tanners Creek coal plant in Lawrenceburg, Ind., to a brownfield redevelopment company that is working with the Ports of Indiana to evaluate the site for use as the state's fourth port.   "Infrastructure critical to our state's economy includes more than just roads," said Governor Mike Pence. "Indiana's ports and waterways have been tremendous catalysts for economic growth in this state for decades, and there is great potential here in southeast Indiana to develop a fourth port that will further energize our economy. In my State of the State address last January, I called upon the Ports of Indiana to vigorously explore the building of a fourth port in the southeastern part of our state, and I'm thankful for their continued progress as we work to make this fourth port a reality."   St. Louis-based Commercial Development Company, Inc. (CDC) and its affiliates will work with the Ports of Indiana to determine if the facility's approximately 700 acres of property can be developed as the state's fourth port. CDC and its affiliates, Environmental Liability Transfer Inc. and EnviroAnalytics Group, specialize in brownfield remediation, environmental liability management, and redevelopment of formerly distressed sites throughout North America.   The Tanners Creek coal electric generation facility, which had a capacity of 995 megawatts when it was retired last year, was a workhorse for Indiana Michigan Power, generating energy from 1951 through May of 2015. Plant employees had a reputation for productivity and safety, winning the Indiana Governor's Workplace Safety Award in 2012. Indiana Michigan Power is owned by American Electric Power (AEP), which is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., serving nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.   "Pursuing the development of a new port in southeast Indiana will help drive growth for our 21st century agriculture and advanced manufacturing sectors and attract continued business investment to our state," said Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb. "The Ohio River has always provided strategic advantages for this region, and Indiana has a strong record of leveraging our transportation assets into economic strength."   The Ports of Indiana has been evaluating multiple locations in southeast Indiana for potential port developments and has identified the brownfield redevelopment and clean-up of the Tanners Creek facility as a favorable site for further analysis.   "There is no question the Lawrenceburg site and its existing infrastructure would have value in a port development project," said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. "It's too early to say for sure what can be developed here, but it certainly warrants further investigation. Indiana's last port was built 30 years ago, and port property in the U.S. is extremely limited; once it's gone - it's 'game over' for future port development. We will be evaluating this site's viability for attracting new business to the Cincinnati metro area and to spur further economic development in the Tri-State region. Extensive analysis went into identifying the Tanners Creek facility and the next steps will be to determine how much land is developable and the costs associated with making the land useful."   The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority managing three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan that support 60,000 jobs and $7.8 billion in annual economic activity. The state's closest port to Lawrenceburg is the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, which opened in 1985 and is located just over 100 miles away along the Ohio River. In 2015, the Ports of Indiana handled an all-time high 12 million tons of cargo at all three ports.   ###   Media Contact: Rich Allen,, (317) 232-9204


Posted on: October 9, 2016 | 0 Comments



Press Release FOR RELEASE – October 7, 2016 Contact: Alexandra “Alex” Hernández



 Earlier this week, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin and Commission President D. Paul Robichaux traveled to Havana, Cuba on a follow-up trade mission led by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the first one by a Louisiana governor since 2005. Approximately 50 state, regional, local, port, and private business leaders joined the mission including Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson, and Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, who led a previous mission to Cuba in July.

During July’s fact-finding mission to Cuba, delegates met with Cuban government and trade officials and toured the Port of Mariel. This time around, Governor Edwards was in attendance to sign a ports Memorandum of Understanding with Cuban officials to denote a ceremonial partnership between Louisiana and Cuba to expand trade and commerce. “We want Louisiana to be first in line to any new opportunities with Cuba, particularly the import, export and foreign direct investment possibilities that could range into the billions of dollars in the coming years. For those reasons, we are eager to embark on this trade mission and to place Louisiana in a unique position of leadership with respect to Cuba,” said Governor Edwards.

“We are pleased to have been given this opportunity to enter into this memorandum of understanding with the National Port Administration of Cuba (NPAC),” said Aucoin. “Now we can begin to exchange knowledge and ideas; a merging of the minds, if you will. When the embargo is lifted, we will be ready to fully engage in trade and commerce between Louisiana and Cuba.”

This visit solidifies Louisiana as an advocate for free trade with Cuba. With Louisiana as home to five of the top 15 ports in the United States, Louisiana is ready to expand commerce with one of its closest neighbors and historic trading partners, a country that imports 80% of its food. The Port of South Louisiana is the largest grain exporter in the United States with seven grain elevators in its port district, some of which have exported 200,000 short tons of grain and flour to Cuba recently under a humanitarian exemption.

  About the Port of South Louisiana

The Port of South Louisiana is a 54-mile port district on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, encompassing the parishes of St. Charles, St. John and St. James.   The facilities located within the port’s district consistently handle over a quarter billion short tons of cargo annually, ranking it the largest tonnage port district in the Western Hemisphere, the nation’s greatest grain exporter, and the number one energy transfer port in the United States. Along the 108 miles of deep-water frontage on both banks of the river there are seven grain transfer facilities, four major oil processing plants,  11 petrochemical manufacturing facilities and several other facilities for a total of more than 50 docks owned and operated by an impressive group of resident tenants  such as ADM, ArcelorMittal, Dow, Cargill, DuPont, Motiva Enterprises, Marathon, Shell,  Nucor Steel., Occidental, Valero, and Occidental Chemical. To learn more, visit us at, like us on Facebook, and follow us on LinkedIn.


 For more information about this particular topic or about the Port of South Louisiana, contact Alexandra “Alex” Hernández, Public Information Officer, at 985-652-9278 or


Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (with Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin) signing MOUs with Cuba


Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin (with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards) signing MOUs with Cuba

Sign up Now for the Inland Port Executive Program!

Posted on: August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sign up Now for the Inland Port Executive Program! The IAMPE is pleased to announce the latest in its professional development programs.  The new Inland Port Manager (IPM) and Inland Maritime Port Manager (IMPE) are equivalent to the current Blue Water programs but with specific information related to the Inland Rivers and Port industry.  The program was developed with the support and guidance of the Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals Association and their Education Committee. The initial seminar offering will take place October 31st to November 4th at: The Lange-Stegmann Company 1 Angelica Street, St. Louis, MO. The program is an immersion style seminar program covering 36 total hours and 22 sessions for the IMPE Certification.  (For those with time constraints, the program can be taken in two segments, beginning with the IMPM (Inland Port Manager) segment and then the second segment taken at another time and location in 2017).  Cost for both segments is $1,000 ($2,000 total for the entire week). IRPT members are given a 10% discount on the entire program. Registration is now open.  Maximum participants: 20. 2017-2018 programs will be located in different geographic areas in the Mid-West. To register for the new Inland MPE or MPM Certification, please contact John Gleason, Registrar at or call (207)200-2420.

IRPT Member – Ports of Indiana welcomes Fednav’s new ship featuring innovative ballast system

Posted on: August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Port of Indiana FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fednav welcomes new ship featuring innovative ballast system at Port of Indiana PORTAGE, Ind. (Aug. 23, 2016) - Fednav Limited, the largest international bulk shipowner in Canada, today welcomes to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, the Federal Caribou , one of seven new oceangoing lakers equipped with a ballast water treatment system-a first for the Great Lakes. This vessel protects the Lakes by treating its ballast water two times: by conducting an exchange in the North Atlantic, and through filtration and a chlorine disinfection treatment on the ship. The Federal Caribou is part of a series of 16 Handysize vessels, representing an investment by Fednav of more than $400 million and designed specifically for the Great Lakes. The company is the leading international operator in the Great Lakes, has one of the most modern fleets of bulk carriers in the world, the average age being under 10 years. Of particular interest is the Federal Caribou and its sister-ships have box-shaped holds in order to facilitate the handling of general cargo. In April 2015, Fednav announced the signing of an agreement with JFE Engineering Corporation for the installation of ballast water treatment systems (BallastAce) on board its new ocean-going lakers. The Federal Caribou is one of those ships, and its voyage to Burns Harbor highlights the fact that Fednav is the first shipping company in the Great Lakes to treat ballast water using an onboard system. JFE is now pursuing US Coast Guard certification, with expected approval in 2017. Other outstanding environmental characteristics of these vessels include:

  • 25% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar vessels built less than 15 years ago
  • A decrease of over 15% nitrogen oxide emissions
  • A CLEAN notation from the DNV/GL classification society
At the ceremony on board the ship, Paul Pathy, President and Co-CEO of Fednav Limited and Chairman of Federal Marine Terminals noted: "This vessel confirms that the protection of the Great Lakes is a priority for Fednav and demonstrates the confidence we have in the region's future. These ships will allow us to offer our customers in Indiana and throughout the region an unparalleled service at a higher standard." Fednav is the parent company for Federal Marine Terminals, the general cargo stevedore for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.   "We commend and congratulate Fednav for its commitment to make these long-term investments that benefit so many on the Great Lakes," said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. "The company has always taken the Lake's environment very seriously and being the first to outfit its newer ships with on-board ballast water treatment systems further validates just how committed it really is. We are proud to call Fednav a 'true partner' at our port on Lake Michigan and salute the company for its innovation and leadership in the maritime industry." Fednav Limited, established in 1944 is a privately owned international shipowning and operating company based in Montreal, Quebec. # # # The principal activities of Fednav Limited include the transport of bulk and general cargo worldwide. The company operates a fleet of about 85 vessels and has offices in Antwerp, Barbados, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, and Tokyo and regional offices in Canada and the United States. Fednav also has terminal, logistics, ice analysis, and shipping agency services and divisions. It employs 280 people and nearly 2000 crew members and stevedores. For more information, please visit Federal Marine Terminals, Inc. (FMT) is a subsidiary of Fednav Limited and has for over five decades operated stevedoring facilities at ports in the United States and Canada. With ten operations covering twelve ports, FMT operates in the US East Coast and Gulf Coast and in the Great Lakes. For more information, please visit The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority managing three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, the Ports of Indiana is a self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana's economy by developing and maintaining a world-class port system. Information: Contact Marc Gagnon, Fednav Limited 514.518.6470 | Rich Allen, Ports of Indiana 317.232.9204 |