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WCI NAMES TRACY R. ZEA AS PRESIDENT & CEO

July 8, 2020: Waterways Council, Inc. Today, Waterways Council, Inc.’s (WCI) Board of Directors unanimously elected Tracy R. Zea as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the new duties today. With a broad range of Capitol Hill, policy development and government relations expertise, Mr. Zea most recently served as WCI’s Vice…
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5R Enterprises: Request for Proposal

5R Enterprises is soliciting proposals to purchase 18-24 tight, dry hopper barges (box and rake) in very good condition. Covers are needed for 25% of barges for winter storage of product. Timeframe for purchase is four (4) months with a price range from $170,000 – $190,000. For a copy of the RFP document, please contact…
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Port of Little Rock: Request for Proposal

The Little Rock Port Authority is soliciting proposals to provide mooring and fleeting services for the Port of Little Rock. For a copy of the RFQ document, please contact Bryan Day, Executive Director, Little Rock Port Authority, at 501-490-1468 or  bryan.day@portoflittlerock.com Proposals must be presented by noon on, July 17, 2020. The Little Rock Port…
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Bill Strack: A Message of Gratitude

All of us at Marcus Construction are hopeful and prayerful that this video finds you safe and healthy. To say we are living in some tumultuous times would be a bit of an understatement and news to no one. And yet through it all, America’s farmers and ranchers, and the agricultural community in general, continue…
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Mindy Brundick Heads Up Budrovich’s Marine Business Unit

Her first time to set foot on a towboat, which was working at a bridge construction site at the time, was marked by a gruffly spoken warning from the pilot: “Hey, zip and clip,” referring to the life vest she had loosely pulled on before boarding. “And, don’t forget your hard hat.” This was Mindy…
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Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Notification

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) released (TLP:WHITE) Advisory 2020-008: Copy-paste compromises – tactics, techniques and procedures used to target multiple Australian networks. It can be found at: https://www.cyber.gov.au/threats/advisory-2020-008-copy-paste-compromises-tactics-techniques-and-procedures-used-target-multiple-australian-networks.   The actor has shown the capability to quickly leverage public exploit proof-of-concepts to target networks of interest and regularly conducts reconnaissance of target networks looking…
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The Port of Harlingen Authority Receives $5.262 Million from TxDOT Grant

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded The Port of Harlingen Authority a $5.2 million Rider 38 Grant for transportation improvement and service expansion. “The grant money from TxDoT is going to make a huge impact in our business but also in moving toward fulfilling our master plan,” said Alan Johnson, Port of Harlingen…
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Ports of Indiana earns U.S. Marine Highway Grant for developing steel barge shuttle at Jeffersonville port

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded a Marine Highway Grant to the Ports of Indiana for developing a steel barge shuttle with Nucor Steel at its Jeffersonville port. This project will create supply chain efficiencies for Nucor and the private sector partners as well as generate public benefits by taking over…
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $9.5 Million in Grants for America’s Marine Highways

June 15, 2020: Maritime Administration WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded $9.5 million in grants to eight marine highways projects across the Nation under the America’s Marine Highway Program. The funding supports the enhancement of navigable waterways and expands existing waterborne freight services in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York,…
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America’s Central Port Awarded $1.26 Million Grant for Container on Barge & Intermodal Equipment

June 16, 2020: America’s Central Port The United States has a versatile and expansive network of navigable waterways including: rivers, bays, channels, coasts, the Great Lakes, open-ocean routes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway System. In 2007, the Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD), created the Marine Highway Program to help maintain and enhance “America’s Marine Highway,” as…
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Marine Highway Designation Yields First Results

June 15, 2020: Cincinnati Public Radio (full link below) The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration is awarding the first grants to this region since the ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky earned a Marine Highway designation. Steel company Nucor is getting nearly $3 million to help build a shipping terminal along the Ohio River…
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Happy National Maritime Day!

Happy National Maritime Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IRPT would like to thank every port worker, every terminal worker, all of the Nation’s boat captains, their deck crews, our barge lines, and every American working in the Maritime industry. To each of you, YOU help power our Nation’s economy, YOU contribute to each of your communities overall economic health,…
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Port of Indiana-Mt. Vernon Makes ‘Next Generation’ Terminal Upgrades

May 19, 2020: MarineLink (full link below) A recently completed a $2 million capital improvement project aims to attract more cargo to one of the nation’s largest inland ports. Situated 153 miles from the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon connects the Ohio River Valley region’s agriculture, coal and…
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Little Rock port’s activity holds up in April

May 21, 2020: Arkansas Tribune (full link below) Barge activity at the Port of Little Rock was flat in April compared with the same month a year ago — in both instances affected by events beyond the port’s control. The port worked 51 barges and handled nearly 77,000 tons of cargo last month, according to…
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Pointe LNG raising investment capital for La. Project

May 21, 2020: Kallanish Energy (full link below) A proposed liquefied natural gas facility in Louisiana that had been dormant is alive again, Kallanish Energy reports. Pointe LNG has hired Whitehall & Co. to raise investment capital and secure offtake for a liquefaction/export facility in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, to process 6 million tons per year of LNG.…
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James Kearns, IRPT Secretary/Treasurer, Jones Walker: The Unsung Benefits of the Inland Waterways

May 18, 2020: MarineLink (full link below) With developments in the current health crisis almost entirely consuming nearly all news reporting, one could be forgiven for thinking that the members of Congress are thinking about and working on little else, and that even if they were, the divisive partisanship of recent years would doom the prospects of…
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Jones Walker provides Back-to-Work Toolkit: Helping Businesses Protect Lives and Livelihoods

Companies and organizations worldwide are facing a difficult question: As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic shifts gears from emergency to maintenance, how can we reopen and run our businesses — from Day One and beyond — in a manner that preserves jobs and generates revenue without risking the health and safety of our employees…
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Jones Walker Alert: USDA Announces New Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to Farmers, Ranchers, and Consumers

In a press release from Washington, DC, on April 17, 2020, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the existence of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new US Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take a number of actions to render direct aid to American farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19…
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Heartland Port Bill sent to Governor

May 15, 2020: News Tribune (full link below) The Missouri House of Representatives voted 145-3 on Thursday to transfer 116 acres of state-owned land just east of the Ike Skelton Training Facility to the Heartland Port Authority for a Missouri River port in Jefferson City, sending the bill to Gov. Mike Parson for his signature.…
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Port of Muskogee reports ‘surprisingly strong’ barge activity in April

May 13, 2020: Muskogee Phoenix (full link below) The Port of Muskogee reported brisk shipping activity in April for cargo imported by barge, but the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on shipments by rail and truck. Port Director Scott Robinson described barge tonnage in April as “surprisingly strong” considering the economic toll claimed by the…
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GCIDA joins IRPT

Greene County Industrial Development Authority operates as the lead industrial development organization for the Greene County, Alabama community. GCIDA works in conjunction with state and local governments, regional development partners, local communities and business leaders to attract a diverse industrial environment that will benefit the citizens of Greene County, Alabama, as well as the corporate well being of…
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Norag joins IRPT

Norag, LLC is a transportation and logistics Solutions provider of diversified grain as well as a bulk handling company strategically located in the heart of the Midwest, with headquarters located just outside of Kansas City. Norag handles frac sand, grain, and salvage corn, beans, wheat, milo, and other grains that are damaged, buggy, and or rotten.…
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Crawford, Murphy & Tilly joins IRPT

Crawford Murphy & Tilly (CMT): For over 70 years, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) has provided planning, design, and construction phase services on projects that range from simple to complex. A nationally ranked firm with Midwest roots, CMT has locations throughout Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. Working in collaboration with our clients,…
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Jones Walker joins IRPT

Jones Walker: Jones Walker’s maritime attorneys provide cross-spectrum transactional, regulatory, and dispute-resolution counsel to domestic and international clients in foreign jurisdictions and across the United States, in state and federal courts, and before US and international arbitral bodies. In the transactional arena, we have extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of marine contracts, vessel…
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Taylor Machine Announces New Container Handler

Taylor Machine Works, Inc. is pleased to announce a new model to their material handling equipment portfolio. The new XHRS-1000 is purpose-built to handle containers in the unique lift situations that barge applications present. “I am excited to reveal our newest addition to our line of over 100 models of Taylor material handling equipment. We…
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St. Louis Port: Request for Proposal

The Port Authority of the City of St. Louis will receive sealed proposals from prospective tenants to rent a vacant S-2 unrestricted zone warehouse certified for use in manufacturing, fabrication, storage, and equipment & fleet maintenance on 5/7/2020. The site lies a few blocks from I-70 and the Musial Bridge across the Mississippi. Active Terminal…
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Illinois International Port issues Request for Proposal

The Illinois International Port District (“IIPD” or “Port District”) is hereby issuing this request for proposals (“RFP”) seeking proposals from qualified and experienced contractors and businesses interested in providing and performing security services at four IIPD facilities including: Iroquois Landing (95th Street and the Lake); Lake Calumet (130th Street and Butler Drive, just off the…
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Middle River Marine Expands Fleeting Space: Port of Henry, IL

Marine terminal business continues to grow at Port of Henry, IL. April 6, 2020 (Mokena, IL) – Middle River Marine recently received permitting from the US Army Corp of Engineers, Rock Island District to add an additional 100 plus fleeting spaces on the Illinois River between mile markers 197-198.2 on the left descending bank (east…
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Introducing IRPT’s Mobile App

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) has a mobile app that will allow us to push vital information regarding each of the basins to industry users. The ability to communicate quickly to all users of water transportation so they can make key decisions about operations in situations where scheduled or unscheduled maintenance activities and…
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Site Selection Magazine’s Big Muddy Cup Winner

Big Muddy Cup Winner Greater Blytheville micropolitan area — encompassing Osceola and all of Mississippi County — is this year’s winner of the Big Muddy Cup, presented by Site Selection Magazine. The Big Muddy Cup is awarded to the top metro or micropolitan area along the entire Mississippi River for total corporate facility projects per capita.…
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Port of Caddo-Bossier Marks Barge Milestone

February 25, 2020: KTBS.com (full link below) The Port of Caddo-Bossier marked the end of January with a milestone. Port employees offloaded the 100th barge carrying steel coils for Vulcraft-Texas a division of Nucor. The barges carrying steel coils, began to arrive from Nucor’s Blytheville, Arkansas facility in May 2017. The steel coils are offloaded…
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Local Ports Post Tonnage Mark

February 18, 2020: The Telegraph (full link below) The latest data U.S. Army Corps of Engineers data shows St. Louis regional ports moved from the third position into the second position for inland port total tonnage in the 2018 rankings. The port system handled 37.4 million tons of commodities over the course of 2018, a…
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Little Rock Port Authority sees near record rail activity for January

Little Rock Port Authority Reports January Shipping Port sees near record rail activity for month  Strong rail and barge activity in January got the Port of Little Rock off to a good start for the new year. NLR received a 105-car unit train loaded with ethanol, and Welspun shipped nearly 600 loads. Logistics Services, Inc. (LSI),…
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Port of South Louisiana Presented with Presented with $13.4 Million Port Infrastructure Grant

U.S. Maritime Administrator Admiral Mark H. Buzby, along with Senator Bill Cassidy and Representative Garret Graves, formally presented a check for $13.4 million to Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin, a grant approved through the new U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development (PID) program for a Multi-Modal Connections project…
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Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky: Marine Highway Project Designation

More than 80 people gathered at BB Riverboats Conference Center on the Ohio River in Newport, Kentucky for the winter member meeting of the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA). Timothy Pickering, Operations Development Manager for the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MarAd), Office of Ports and Waterways Planning, was on hand for a…
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Dede Smith Joins Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals Team

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) is excited to welcome Dede Smith to the IRPT staff as the new Deputy Director of IRPT. Ms. Smith began working for the association on January 2nd of 2020. Before joining the IRPT team, Dede held the position of Director of the Arkansas Waterways Commission for 2 ½…
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IRPT’s Response to DOT’s Request for Information: ROUTES Initiative

Many of you have reviewed the Department of Transportation’s request for information regarding the new ROUTES Initiative sent by IRPT today. Further, many of you have noticed that the ROUTES Initiative is to be coordinated by Federal Highway, Federal Transit, Federal Rail and Federal Aviation Administrations. IRPT believes that Maritime Administration should be included as...…
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Port of Milwaukee welcomes new Market Development Manager: Maria Magyar Cartier

After a nationwide search, the Port of Milwaukee is thrilled to welcome Ms. Maria Magyar Cartier to the Port Milwaukee senior management team as our next Market Development Manager. Ms. Cartier is expected to begin work at the Port on December 30, 2019, and she will also be visiting the Port as an attendee at…
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Steel firm invests $10 million in new facility at Tulsa Port of Catoosa

November 21, 2019: Tulsa World (full link below) A steel company at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is undergoing a $10 million expansion. Ed Bare, service center manager for Steel and Pipe Supply, updated the project Thursday during a meeting of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. The company is building a 65-foot-tall, 22,500-square-foot…
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Dear Congress: We Matter Too

Dear Congress, A few words from the inland ports and terminals, and the smaller coastal ports, all of whom serve the 12,000 miles of navigable waterways of the United States. First, let us say that we are indeed grateful for all that you have done and continue to do to support our nation’s inland and...…
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NEW PORT MANAGERS AND EXECUTIVES RECEIVE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MARITIME AND PORT EXECUTIVES www.iampe.org For Immediate Release: 23 October 2019 Contact: (207)615-7989 NEW PORT MANAGERS AND EXECUTIVES RECEIVE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS The International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals (IAMPE) is pleased to announce that 14 inland port managers have received their professional industry certifications at a management seminar hosted by…
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Madison Parish Port Announces Infrastructure Expansion

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards highlighted an agreement between Louisiana Economic Development and the Madison Parish Port to expand port infrastructure in support of future economic development. With investments of $3.6 million by LED, $500,000 by the port and $4 million by Complex Chemical, the port’s anchor tenant, the $8.1 million…
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OKLAHOMA, ARKANSAS LEADERS DETAIL FUTURE OF MKARNS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LINK TO RELEASE   WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and John Boozman (R-AR), along with Governors Kevin Stitt (R-OK) and Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), announced provisions in America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act that outline the future for modernizing the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS). These provisions will open up $250 million…
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J.F. Brennan Company Named a ‘Great Place to Work’ for Third Consecutive Year

For Immediate Release Contact: Kimberly Walters J.F. Brennan Company, Inc 608-518-2258 | kwalters@jfbrennan.com   J.F. Brennan Company Named a ‘Great Place to Work®’ for Third Consecutive Year Marine construction firm, J.F. Brennan Company, Inc., has been awarded its third United States certification from international research and analytics company, Great Place to Work®. (La Crosse, WIS…
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Soybean Farmers Strategically Invest in Key Link in Supply Chain

NEWS RELEASE 1255 SW Prairie Trail Parkway ¬ Ankeny, Iowa 50023 515-727-0665 ¬ www.soytransportation.org Funded by the soybean checkoff     Date: July 10, 2019 Contact: Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director 515-727-0665   Soybean Farmers Strategically Invest in Key Link in Supply Chain Ankeny, Iowa – As U.S. soybean farmers continue to encounter challenges with both growing…
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IEI Barge Services is changing its name

IEI Barge Services is changing its name to Logistics Park Dubuque (LPD) effective July 1, 2019.   This change will have no impact on their current operations.  You can expect the same high level of customer service from the management and customer support team that you’ve trusted for years. Why change the name now?  It’s a…
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U.S. Department of Transportation announced small shipyard grants

Congratulations to IRPT Members, Mike’s Inc. and TPG Chicago Dry Dock as well as the numerous IRPT Members that helped them in the grant application process: June 10, 2019: U.S. Department of Transportation announces Small Shipyard Grants Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $19.6 million in grants to support capital improvements…
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2019 Dredger of the Year Award goes to J.F. Brennan President and CEO Matt Binsfeld

For Immediate Release June 12, 2019 Contact: Kimberly Walters J.F. Brennan Company, Inc 608-518-2258 | kwalters@jfbrennan.com Brennan President and CEO Matt Binsfeld Named 2019 Dredger of the Year President and CEO of J.F. Brennan Company, Inc., Matt Binsfeld, received the internationally recognized Western Dredging Association’s (WEDA) 2019 Dredger of the Year Award on Thursday, June…
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Multi-million dollar rail project set for Port of Greater Baton Rouge

June 5, 2019: World-Grain.com (full link below) PORT ALLEN, LOUISIANA, U.S. — Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana and the state of Louisiana have committed $20 million in funds to complete a rail project for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. It will allow for a more efficient transfer of corn, grain, soybeans and other…
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Chicago’s international port looks for funds to improve its facilities and attract more shipping business

June 3, 2019: Chicago Tribune (full link below) Most Chicagoans look at Lake Michigan and think recreation — a view and a beach, swimming and sailboats. But the lake is also the site of a major freshwater port that draws oceangoing ships from the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Port of Chicago is in need of…
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B.L. DUKE ANNOUNCES NEW STEVEDORING DIVISION – B.L. DUKE RIVER TRANSPORT

B.L. DUKE ANNOUNCES NEW STEVEDORING DIVISION – B.L. DUKE RIVER TRANSPORT We couldn’t be more excited to announce the launch of our new wholly owned subsidiary, B.L. Duke River Transport. Our new division will focus on stevedoring services with both indoor and outdoor storage. It gives us the ability to transload finished steel product, including coils,…
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Paducah Riverport’s new Facility

The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority has reached a 10-year lease agreement with an additional 10-year extension option with Southern FS to construct a state-of-the-art Fertilizer Handling Facility in its Bulk Terminal complex. “The signing of the agreement will continue to offer our region’s agricultural partners a well-established supply chain with Southern FS for our four-state…
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INLAND FINANCE: But I Don’t Need That Much

“Inland Rivers, Ports, and Terminals, Inc. (IRPT), is encouraging its members to contact their Congressional delegations to urge the introduction of a new standalone discretionary program dedicated to inland ports and terminal projects. However, this is an opportunity for all members of the inland waterways industry to call the attention of our lawmakers to this…
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Marine Highway Project Designation: Container on Barge

Ports Of Indiana Receives Marine Highway Project Designation From U. S. Secretary of Transportation The Ports of Indiana has received recognition from United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao for its leadership role in the development and advancement of the Marine Highway M-35/M-70 Container-on-Barge Service on the Ohio and Upper Mississippi Rivers. This project…
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Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, Inc., Presents Former Ports of Indiana CEO with Lifetime Achievement Award

Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, Inc., Presents Former Ports of Indiana CEO with Lifetime Achievement Award Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, Inc., (IRPT) at its annual conference in Baton Rouge, LA., presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Rich Cooper, former CEO of the Ports of Indiana. Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc. (IRPT), of…
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Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals to Honor Industry Leaders

Contact: Miranda Cook mcook@irpt.net (618) 468-3011 Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals to Honor Industry Leaders Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) is proud to announce that they will be honoring regional leaders of the inland river transportation system at its National Annual Meeting being held in Baton Rouge next month.…
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As trade wars rage, Emerson plots new U.S. expansion

March 10, 2019: Reuters.com (full link below) As trade wars rage, Emerson plots new U.S. expansion Emerson now plans to build at least three new U.S. plants and is already expanding existing domestic operations. Farr saw a new era of U.S. protectionism coming before Trump’s election – and started planning accordingly, he said in an…
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NMC Material Handling Joins Taylor Machine Works as a Dealer 

Taylor Machine Works, Inc. has announced a new dealer, NMC Material Handling, in the Taylor and Sudden Service, Inc. dealer network. Hal Nowell, Director of Sales, stated, “Taylor Machine Works knows the importance of a highly trained and dedicated network of authorized Taylor Dealers. By adding NMC Material Handling, we know that the Taylor product…
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Sixty Years In The Making: The Little Rock Port Authority

One month into the new year, the Port of Little Rock was already breaking records as a part of its growth initiative when it handled more barges and tonnage in January compared to the same time last year. Not only is the port projecting this to be a trend throughout 2019, it is also steadfastly…
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Missouri River Stakeholders Meet with Corps, Coast Guard

Missouri River Stakeholders Meet with Corps, Coast Guard If there’s one thing Missouri River stakeholders want shippers to know, it’s that the river is open for business and has been for a long time. That statement was recurrent throughout the one-day meeting held in Kansas City, Mo., February 13.Approximately 150 attendees—the best-attended meeting for the…
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Ouachita in the News! Group meets about River potential

January 29, 2019: Camden News (full link below) Group meets about Ouachita River potential Deidre Smith, Director of the Arkansas Waterways Commission led a strategic planning meeting concerning the Ouachita River at the offices of the Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development. In attendance were several members of the Camden Port Authority, board members of the…
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Study will look at port improvements on upper Mississippi River

EAST DUBUQUE, IL – January 18, 2019 – IRPT member IEI Barge Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliant Energy Transportation (AET), is supporting a freight study to review the benefits of additional infrastructure at the area’s port terminals. “The tri-state region of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin is bisected by the Mississippi River, yet…
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SOUTH LOUISIANA METHANOL ANNOUNCES $2.2 BILLION PROJECT IN PORT OF SOUTH LOUISIANA JURISDICTION

On Friday, January 4, 2019, Governor John Bell Edwards and South Louisiana Methanol CEO Paul Moore announced plans to pursue a $2.2 billion capital investment in a new methanol complex –one of the world’s largest methanol production sites– to be located in the Port of South Louisiana district. South Louisiana Methanol, a partnership between New…
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Arcosa Marine Products Creating 300 Jobs In Tennessee

November 5, 2018: Business Facilities (full link below) Arcosa Marine Products Creating 300 Jobs In Tennessee Arcosa Marine Products will invest more than $10 million to expand its operations in Ashland City, TN. The inland barge manufacturer will create 300 jobs during the next five years. “We are pleased to invest and expand our workforce and…
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Missouri River in the News: Missouri River seeing increase in barge traffic

November 12, 2018: KMOU (full link below) Missouri River in the News: Missouri River seeing increase in barge traffic The slowest mode of transportation is making its way up and down the Missouri River progressively. According to MoDOT, barge traffic has increased 275% since 2011. AGRIServices of Brunswick, located at the most northern point of…
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Ohio River in the News: New State-of-the-Art Fertilizer Facility

Ohio River in the News: New State-of-the-Art Fertilizer Facility The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority has reached a 10-year lease agreement with an additional 10-year extension option with Southern FS to construct a state-of-the-art Fertilizer Handling Facility in its Bulk Terminal complex. “The signing of the agreement will continue to offer our region’s agricultural partners a…
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Southeast Rivers in the News: New Inland Logistics Hub

Southeast Rivers in the News: New Inland Logistics Hub November 8, 2018: Mayor John Laney announced that Superior Inland Terminals, LLC has acquired a port site in Demopolis, Alabama previously occupied by the Miller Lumber Company on the Tombigbee River. Superior Inland Terminals LLC said the facility will be used as an Intermodal Logistics Hub…
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Senate Bill to Equal Competition for Grant Funding

Senate Bill to Equal Competition for Grant Funding U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) has introduced a bill (S.3587) to improve the nation’s freight systems by making key investments in ports, railways and intermodal hubs by changing the funding arrangements in the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program, which was created as part of Fixing...…
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IRPT Congratulates Accredited Marine Port Executives

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (IRPT) congratulates our Members as part of the Accredited Marine Port Executives (AMPE) Class of 2018, Gold Standard for Port Executive Professional Certification. Paul Aucoin-AMPE, Port of South Louisiana; Dale Hymel-AMPE, Port of South Louisiana; Susan Taylor-AMPE, Port of St. Louis (MO) Authority; Crystal Hutchinson-AMPE, Louisiana International Gulf Transfer Terminal…
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Missouri River in the News: River port celebrates official opening

October 11, 2018: News-Press Now.com (full link below) River port celebrates official opening The culmination of three decades of local and state effort was celebrated Thursday with the formal opening of St. Joseph’s Missouri River port. Officials held the ceremony as workers toiled to unload steel coil that had been carried aboard two barges and…
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Funding released for Cairo river port terminal in Illinois, US

October 12, 2018: Ship Technology (full link below) Funding released for Cairo river port terminal in Illinois, US A sum of $1m in capital funding has been released for the planned river port terminal in Cairo, Illinois, US. Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) said that the funding demonstrates the state’s effort to revive the…
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Maritime Administration Issues Request for Proposal

Maritime Administration Issues Request for Proposal Vessel Construction Manager Will Deliver National Security Multi-Mission Vessel WASHINGTON –The Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit for a Vessel Construction Manager (VCM) to deliver a new class of training ships referred to as a National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). The VCM selected by...…
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Edwards: New plans for former Avondale Shipyard site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2018 Gov. Edwards Announces Purchase of Avondale Shipyards Site Joint venture will transform 254-acre site near New Orleans into global logistics hub Avondale, La — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the purchase of the former Avondale Shipyards site in Jefferson Parish by Avondale Marine LLC, a new joint venture with…
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Growing Mkarns Region Needs Updated Water Infrastructure

Growing Mkarns Region Needs Updated Water Infrastructure September 2018 By Waterways Journal The McClellan–Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) was the largest civil works project undertaken by the Corps at the time. It was originally authorized by Congress as early as July 24, 1946, in that year’s Rivers and Harbors Act (it was known as…
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Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement The Kansas City and Omaha Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), have developed the Final Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact…
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Illinois River Closures, Fish Barriers Are Top Concerns At IRCA

Illinois River Closures, Fish Barriers Are Top Concerns At IRCA September 2018 By David Murray click here to read more Scheduled closures of the Illinois River in 2019 and 2020 to repair aging locks were the topic of greatest concern for members of the Illinois River Carriers Association (IRCA), as the association held its third-quarter…
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IRPT and U.S. Army Corps, IWR sign Memorandum of Common Purpose

September 12, 2018: Cindy Cutrera, Port of Morgan City and President of Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals and Dr. Joe Manous, Jr., Director for the Institute of Water Resources (IWR) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed the Memorandum in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 12th. Through the IWR, the Navigation and Civil Works…
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Breaking News: IRPT signs Memorandum with USACE

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals and U.S. Army Corps, Institute of Water Resources sign Memorandum of Common Purpose Cindy Cutrera, Port of Morgan City and President of Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals and Dr. Joe Manous, Jr., Director for the Institute of Water Resources (IWR) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed the Memorandum…
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Middle River Marine christens two towboats in Illinois

Middle River Marine christens two towboats in Illinois By Ken Hocke on September 6, 2018 The Gwyneth Anne was delivered in the summer of 2017. Ozinga photo Middle River Marine, an Ozinga company, christened two towboats — the Gwyneth Anne and Kamryn Olivia — on Aug. 21 in Joliet, Ill. Middle River Marine is Ozinga’s harbor and fleeting company…
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FUCHS ANNOUNCE NEW ADDITIONS TO THE NORTH AMERICA TEAM

FUCHS ANNOUNCE NEW ADDITIONS TO THE NORTH AMERICA TEAM Material handler giant Fuchs is continuing to grow across America by appointing two new additions to the Sales team: Tim Gerbus and Shane Toncrey. Commenting on the recent additions to the Fuchs team, Todd Goss, Louisville General Manager said, “We are delighted to have both Tim…
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Missouri River Terminal To Be Developed Through P3

August 31, 2018 By Heather Ervin The Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., (PortKC) announced August 27 that its board of commissioners approved the selection of Nossaman LLP and John Smolen, lead partner on the project, to advise PortKC staff in the formation of a successful Private Public Partnership (P3) to develop Missouri River Terminal…
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Agricultural Company to Establish HQ and Two Additional Facilities in Missouri

Agricultural Company to Establish HQ and Two Additional Facilities in Missouri PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO – Palindromes Inc., a U.S.-based, privately held corporation with a diversified project portfolio focused on sustainable and socially responsible access to the world’s most basic needs:  food, water, energy, shelter and clothing, today announced plans to open three new facilities in…
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces New Maritime Administration resources for Paducah, KY

DOT 50-18 August 23, 2018 Contact: pressoffice@dot.gov  U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces New Maritime Administration resources for Paducah, KY New Resources Will Allow Agency to Optimize Support of America’s Inland Waterways WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) will establish a new, dedicated Gateway…
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Ports of Indiana wins top steel industry honor

Ports of Indiana wins top steel industry honor  INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 24, 2018) – The American Metal Market has named Ports of Indiana the Logistics/Transportation Provider of the Year for 2018. The ninth annual Awards for Steel Excellence were recently announced at AMM’s Steel Awards Dinner, held in conjunction with the global Steel Success Strategies…
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KRPD Board Tours Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam Dewatering

The Kaskaskia Regional Port District toured the dewatering of the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam on the Kaskaskia River.  The dewatering is a monumental task that is normally scheduled every 10 -15 years.  In the 44 years of operation the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam has never been dewatered for a thorough inspection.…
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KRPD Board Signs Grant Agreement with IDOT for Master Planning for KRPD #2

KRPD Board Signs Grant Agreement with IDOT for Master Planning for KRPD #2 The Kaskaskia Regional Port District agreed to a grant award from IDOT to develop a Master Plan for the terminal at KRPD #2.  This plan is needed to address the congestion and cargo movement at the two docks and to incorporate the…
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Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority awarded $251k Marine Highway Grant

Paducah, KY (KFVS) – The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority was awarded $251,927 –  America’s Marine Highway Grant from Maritime Administration (MARAD) – U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on August 8th, 2018 The funds are for the acquisition of shoreside container handling equipment for Riverport’s Container on Barge service. The Riverport is the only port in…
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Anthony Hauer Named to IAMPE Board of Directors

ANTHONY HAUER JOINS IAMPE BOARD OF DIRECTORS The International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) is pleased to announce that Anthony B. Hauer has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association.  Anthony currently serves as Port Director of Natchez Adams County Port Commission, which he joined in 1984.  He is also…
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CGB Celebrates Completion of Soybean Processing Plant Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CGB Celebrates Completion of Soybean Processing Plant Expansion MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (Aug. 8, 2018) – The Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. (CGB), a global leader in the grain and transportation industries since 1970, today announced the completion of its $32 million expansion at its soybean processing facility at the Port of Indiana-Mount…
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Maritime Administration Announces More Than $20 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards

Date: July 24, 2018 Contact:  MARAD Public Affairs Tel:  202-366-5807 Maritime Administration Announces More Than  $20 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded more than $20 million in grants to support capital improvements at 29 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small…
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Pink barge brings cancer awareness Marquis Energy donates $10,000 to Mary Crowley Cancer Research

HENNEPIN — A massive pink barge is bringing some color and cancer awareness to the area. The barge, called Big Hope 1, brings awareness to cancer research, and it’s currently sitting among Marquis Energy’s fleet in Hennepin. The business is donating $10,000 to Mary Crowley Cancer Research, said Danielle Anderson, executive assistant/director of public relations…
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Ozinga celebrated its 90th anniversary as a family-owned and operated business

On March 2, 2018, Ozinga celebrated its 90th anniversary as a family-owned and operated business. Martin Ozinga Sr. started the company in 1928 as a single horse-and-buggy operation in Evergreen Park, Ill., but it grew into a leading provider of concrete, aggregate materials, and energy solutions in multiple states with a network of barges, boats, rail, and its well-known…
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IRPT Members produce Impactful Study

IRPT Members produce Impactful Study: The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) selected the Cambridge Systematics/Hanson team to conduct an assessment of the economic impact produced by Missouri’s public ports. Hanson led the port-specific commodity flow data collection effort through face-to-face interviews with each port director or designee in the State. This effort provided critical input…
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Bedford Technology: Case study on Port of New Orleans Wharfs

Celebrating its 25th year anniversary, IRPT Member, Bedford Technology has released a case study on the Port of New Orleans Wharfs. You can access the document here. Challenge: The Port originally installed traditional timber for piles and wale beams. After decades of replacing the timber fendering, the engineering team wanted a long-term solution that could…
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Red River Waterway Commission making improvements along Red River

Red River Waterway Commission making improvements along Red River Neil Shaw, Jan 14, 2018 The Red River is a beautiful land mark that cuts though our corner of the state. Since a near complete maker in the early 1990s, the mighty Red has seen many a calm and serene moment while at other times threatened…
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