Trex to Build Factory at the Port of Little Rock

Trex to Build Production Facility at the Port of Little Rock $400 million investment to create 500 jobs   LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 26, 2021) – Trex announced today that the company will build a factory in the Port of Little Rock. The plant will ultimately employ more than 500 people. The total investment will…
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Port Milwaukee, The DeLong Company Break Ground on Major Agricultural Maritime Export Facility

  Port Milwaukee and The DeLong Company’s new $35-million agricultural maritime export facility, located on the west side of Jones Island, will be one of the first on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway (GLSLS) system to handle various agricultural commodities via truck, rail and international vessel including Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGs).…
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IAMPE PRESENTS LEADERSHIP AWARD TO AIMEE ANDRES, AMPE OF IRPT

The IAMPE has awarded its first Industry Leadership Award to Aimee Andres, AMPE, Executive Director of the Inland River Ports and Terminal Association (IRPT), for “Outstanding Leadership in the Port and Maritime Industry.” In presenting the award, Capt. Jeffrey Monroe, MM, AMPE-Director of Education and Standards for the IAMPE noted Ms. Andres’ tireless commitment to…
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IRPT Introduces 2021-2022 Directors

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals held its 2021 General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, October 19th at which time, the members present, elected their directors for the upcoming year. We are pleased to introduce you to the 2021-2022 Officers and Directors of the Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (IRPT):   Chairwoman of the Board: Cindy Cutrera,…
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Seamen’s Church Institute: Christmas at Sea for River Mariners Christmas Card Campaign

  The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) is a voluntary, ecumenical agency affiliated with the Episcopal Church promoting the safety, dignity, and improved working environment for men and women serving in North American and International maritime workplaces. Last year, SCI Chaplains delivered over 8,000 Christmas gifts to mariners at work aboard towboats, harbor tugs, and dredges…
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SMH Group Announces Partnership with Kirby-Smith

The SMH Group US is proud to add Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. to our dealer network for Atlas material handlers. The Atlas brand of material handlers will make an excellent addition to Kirby-Smith’s already large and diverse fleet offering.   Tom Hickson, General Manager of the SMH Group, says, “We are excited to add such a…
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SMH Group Adds Wood’s CRW to their Dealer Network

The SMH Group US is proud to add Wood’s CRW to our dealer network for Atlas material handlers. The Atlas brand of material handlers will make an excellent addition to Wood’s CRWs already large and diverse fleet offerings. Wood’s CRW is now the Atlas Material Handling dealer for Central and Eastern Pennsylvania and all of…
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Alter Logistics Company $24 Million Expansion at St Paul Facility

Alter Logistics Company, based in Bettendorf, IA, and Alter River Terminal St Paul, has begun construction on a multifaceted expansion at their Barge Channel Road facility. The $24 million project includes a new 40,000-ton fertilizer warehouse, stormwater retention installation and extensive rail track expansion. (TKDA Engineering Rendering) Alter’s current tenant, ADM Fertilizer based out of…
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Early Bird Registration Extended to September 15th

IRPT is extending its early bird registration rate. Early bird registration deadline is September 15, 2021… just two weeks! Please take advantage of this cost savings and register today. You can access the conference page, registration information and travel options here. Have you Registered and Booked your Room for IRPT Annual Conference? IRPT 2021 Annual…
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Missouri River Container-on-Barge Service Receives Marine Highway Designation

Aug. 25, 2021 – MoDOT (full link below) JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Transportation has received one of six Marine Highway Project designations from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The application to initiate a container-on-barge service was developed in partnership with AGRIServices of Brunswick (ASB), the…
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Marcus Construction named 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award by the Department of Defense

Marcus Construction named 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award by the Department of Defense. The Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest U.S. government honor employers who provide exceptional support to National Guard and Reserve employees can receive. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR, reviewed 3,382 nominations before selecting…
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The Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway Association (WTWA) Board of Directors Announces New President

  The Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway Association (WTWA) Board of Directors announces W. Wynne Fuller has been appointed President of the Association as of August 1, 2021. Larry Merrihew has announced his retirement. Larry will continue on staff until September 30, 2021. Larry served the Association for fourteen years following a long career in economic development and…
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NOAA- Open Invitation: Public Listening Sessions on Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful

Please see the invite below for the stakeholder listening sessions NOAA is holding in response to Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful. This preliminary report, released by the White House in May, provides recommendations on how the United States should achieve the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by…
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NOAA activates a new tool as part of their Coastal Inundation Dashboard

  Colleagues, As Tropical Storm Fred advances, I thought it was a good time to share a pretty useful tool from NOAA’s National Ocean Service. As of last night, NOS/CO-OPS activated our Storm QuickLooks for Potential Tropical Cyclone Six, later upgraded to Tropical Storm Fred the NWS. Our Storm QuickLooks product is a great example…
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Port of Harlingen has Tonnage Increase to Kickoff Start of Last Quarter

    HARLINGEN- The Port of Harlingen starts its last quarter with a 21 percent increase in tonnage over this time last fiscal year totaling, year-to-date 1,896,220 tons. Official numbers from June indicate the quarter’s largest increases were in imports of petroleum products and agricultural fertilizers.   Petroleum transport increased 18 percent with 1,554,732 tons…
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Port of Gulfport: Oceans In Action Workshop/ Port Security Summit

  Since 2010, the Oceans In Action Workshop has featured the critical missions of locally-based federal, state, and private organizations as they integrate new technologies to improve their effectiveness.  Two years ago, Oceans In Action integrated demonstrations associated with the Advanced Navy Technology Exercise (ANTX) to the agenda and featured a keynote from Mississippi-based Admiral…
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Request for Proposal- City of St. Louis Port Authority

Sponsor: Port Authority Commission of the City of St. Louis Procurement Type: Request for Proposals and or Qualifications  Starting Date: 08-10-2021 Closing Date: 08-26-2021 Closing Time: 10:00 AM  Summary The City of St. Louis Port Authority (“the Authority”) requests proposals from those interested in leasing approximately 300,000 square feet of warehouse space on a 16.3-acre lot at 4300 S. 1st Street.…
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Henderson County Kentucky selected for $540 million Paper Mill

Anthony Pratt will make his largest American investment – construction of a $540 million paper mill in Kentucky. Pratt Paper, a part of sustainable packaging company Pratt Industries, is planning the construction of a paper mill in western Kentucky. The new paper mill will produce more than 1,500 tons of recycled paper every day, saving the equivalent…
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Don’t Delay- Submit your IPRT Membership Directory ad Today!

Members, Friends and Colleagues: As a friendly reminder, the Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (IRPT) 2021-2022 Membership Directory will be sent to the publisher on September 1st. If you are interested in advertising, the rates are: Full page ad ($1500) Half page ad ($750) Artwork is due August 15th.   If you are not sure…
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WCI Releases New Tv Commercial On Importance Of America’s Waterways

WCI is proud to share with you our new 30-second TV commercial. You can view it on our YouTube channel. Our public education campaign, “America’s Waterways” was generously funded by some of our agriculture members and partners. Learn more about why the nation’s inland waterways are critical to our economy, jobs, environmental sustainability, and much…
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IRPT Member, Bedford Technology has been acquired by Tangent Technologies

      IRPT Member, Bedford Technology has been acquired by Tangent Technologies. This acquisition combines two industry leaders with robust product lines to create the best alternative material innovation team in the world.   For more than 25 years of offering structural composite plastic lumber, IRPT Member, Bedford Technology has served the industry. In…
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Port of West Virginia importing economic opportunity in Follansbee

That was the message at today’s economic meeting at the Bluewave Center in Brooke County. Empire Diversified Energy is planning some major upgrades to a new dock and wharf in Follansbee, which they think could be a hub for shipping goods all across the Midwest. And they believe that business could bring hundreds of jobs…
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Notice to Bidders: Ports of Indiana

NOTICE TO BIDDERS July 19, 2021 LEASE: 637.60 acres, more or less, in four (4) parcels at Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon Deadline to Submit Sealed Bids: Aug. 5, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (CDT) Notice is hereby given that proposals to lease 637.60 acres, more or less, in four (4) parcels at Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon, Posey…
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Upper Midwest Drought Impacting Missouri River Navigation Season

  News Dakota.com/Ag Central News: July 2, 2021 (full link below)   NAFB – The Missouri River Water Management Division will reduce navigation flow support for the second half of the navigation flow support season.   Drought conditions continue in the upper Missouri River basin, where river flows are managed by a series of lakes…
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Port of Chicago billed as the “greatest intermodal facility in North America”

  FreightWaves Classics: July 2, 2021 (full link below)   The Port of Chicago consists of several major port facilities within the city of Chicago. The port is operated by the Illinois International Port District (IIPD). It is a multimodal facility composed of Senator Dan Dougherty Harbor (Lake Calumet) and the Iroquois Landing Lakefront Terminus.…
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IRPT Member: Port Tour – You are Invited!

Millard Maritime is a deep-water port facility located on Mobile Bay in Alabama on the Theodore Industrial Canal. The port features a large marine terminal with a 1,600-foot wharf, bulk, liquid, and breakbulk capabilities, direct on-site rail, with close proximity to Interstate 10 and 65. With nearly 300 acres of water access multiuse land available, Millard…
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Five Rivers Distribution’s President Shell sees Arkansas River recovery but urges infrastructure investments in inland waterways

June 24, 2021 AJOT.COM (full article below)   Marty Shell, president of Five Rivers Distribution, LLC based in Van Buren, Arkansas with cargo-handling operations at Fort Smith and Van Buren, Arkansas, says the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System has now recovered from the catastrophic 2019 floods. Shell said the 2019 flood was “the worst flood…
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Port of Muskogee: Port Director Prepares for Implementation of Succession Plan

June 22, 2021: Muskogee Phoenix (full article below)   Muskogee Port Director Scott Robinson said the implementation of a succession plan he’s been “working on for years” will begin June 30, when “I step down” after 31 years at the helm.    Deputy Director Kimbra Scott will step in July 1 as his successor. Robinson…
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Ports of Indiana Welcomes New Port Director & Information Technology Manager; Promotes Controller

Indianapolis (June 21, 2021) – Ports of Indiana (POI) announced that it has hired Bernard (Ben) Weithman as the new Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon port director. Weithman will lead port operations and business development for the Mount Vernon port. His industry experience includes more than 30 years in business development, startup and long-term sustainable operations. A senior-level…
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IRPT’s Andres Says US Inland Ports Need More Infrastructure Investment

June 17, 2021: AJOT (full link below) Aimee Andres, executive director, Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, Inc. (IRPT), says U.S. inland river ports and terminals are recovering from the 2019 flooding, but need major new investments including support for moving more containers on barges to the Port of New Orleans and other Gulf Coast ports. “We are oftentimes…
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Tulsa Port of Catoosa celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS)

With great excitement, Tulsa Port of Catoosa celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the MKARNS and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. June 5th marked fifty years since President Richard M. Nixon’s official dedication of the MKARNS and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. They welcomed speakers, including Chairman of the Tulsa Ports Board Dewey Bartlett, Mayor GT…
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Recap of Event- MEDIA ADVISORY: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to Participate in Little Rock Port Authority’s McClellan-Kerr Virtual Anniversary Program

  June 8, 2021: Arkansas Business (full link below) Now is the right time to not only repair our infrastructure but invest in it for the future, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said Monday afternoon during a panel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System. Day said the port is nearly…
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Grand opening for new barge terminal on Missouri River

  RadioIowa: JUNE 2, 2021 (full link below)   A cooperative based in Fort Dodge has built an 11-million dollar barge terminal on the Missouri River near the small Iowa town of Blencoe.   The NEW Cooperative Port of Blencoe is about 50 miles up river from Council Bluffs. The port has the capacity to…
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Ohio South Central & Indiana Eastern Railroads Recipients of Jake Safety Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2021 We are pleased to announce that Ohio South Central Railroad (OSCR) and Indiana Eastern Railroad (IERR) have BOTH been awarded with the Jake Safety with Distinction Award by the American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA). Safety is something that is extremely vital in the railroad industry. In order for…
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IRPT Member: St. Louis Port request RFPs

The Port Commission of the City of St. Louis has issued two Requests for Proposals (RFP) to engage one or more consultants to provide legislative and government relations services related to economic development issues for the City and Port Authority for an initial one-year term with the option of four additional one-year terms.   RFP…
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Infrastructure Investment and Innovation Impact the Global Connectivity of the St. Louis Region

ST. LOUIS, MO, May 24, 2021: (full article below) FreightWeekSTL returned for the fourth consecutive year with a virtual panel discussion on May 24 highlighting the global connectivity of the St. Louis region’s rail and inland waterway system and the continuing multimodal infrastructure investment that supports that connectivity. A highlight of the opening day session…
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Indiana ports activity surges, infrastructure investment planned

May 21, 2021: PORTAGE, Ind. – Inside INdiana Business (full article below) A new economic impact report shows maritime and industrial operations at Indiana’s three ports contribute $8.2 billion per year to the state’s economy, a 5% increase from the last report. The study, completed every five years, is based on 2019 data measuring jobs,…
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Sustainable fertilizer firm plans north St. Louis riverfront factory

May 20, 2021 St. Louis Post – Dispatch (full article below) A Canadian firm plans a north Mississippi riverfront production facility to manufacture its signature fertilizer, billed as a more sustainable crop nutrient that limits waterway runoff responsible for massive dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc. plans a $25…
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Hard Work, Perseverance Are Keys To IMX Honoree Marko’s Success

MAY 21, 2021: The Waterways Journal (full link below) It could be said that 80-year-old Mike Marko, known to many as “Sparky,” was born with proverbial grease under his nails. Marko, the president and owner of Mike’s Inc., is this year’s selection for the IMX Achievement Award. Mechanically minded from the outset, he was never destined…
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National Maritime Day!

    IRPT would like to thank every port worker, terminal worker, all of the Nation’s boat captains, deck crews, our barge lines, and every American working in the Maritime industry. YOU help power our Nation’s economy; YOU contribute to each of your communities overall economic health; YOU help strengthen trade within the United States…
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Rail Spurs, Harbors, Grain Bins and More: How America’s Central Port Invests In Global Connectivity

Rail Spurs, Harbors, Grain Bins and More: How America’s Central Port Invests In Global Connectivity (link to full article below)   Beyond the 900+ jobs, over 75 businesses, and $1B+ in freight transported by river, rail, and road, the Port also plays a major role in global connectivity, connecting manufacturers and freight intensive operators to…
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Notice to Navigators: I-40 Bridge BNM Update

  May 15, 2021   Industry partners,   Earlier this evening we were able to clear the backlog of vessels and stood down the Memphis Information Center (MIC). Please see the below for the current broadcast.  If you have any questions, please let me know.   Very Respectfully,   LT Paz Adam.J.Paz@uscg.mil   SUBJ: WR…
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Notice to Navigators: Updated BNM for I-40 Bridge

  Command Center personnel,   Please release the below broadcast for updated traffic management IVO the I-40 Bridge:     Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you for your assistance.   Very Respectfully,   Adam J. Paz LT, USCG Adam.J.Paz@uscg.mil
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Notice to Navigators: LOMRC Call (Memphis Bridge Closure)

  There are 19 boats in the queue SB with 356 barges. There are 40 boats with 685 barges in the queue NB. All priority tows have gone through. The SB tows that have cleared the lower bridges by 20:00 this evening will be allowed through. The rest of the SB tows will have to…
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Notice to Navigators: USCG Sector Lower & Upper Command Center Merger

Good afternoon Mid-South AMSC Members,   The Coast Guard command centers at both Sector Lower Mississippi River and Sector Upper Mississippi River are merging.  As a result, all command center functions previously conducted locally in Memphis will be transferred to the consolidated command center in Saint Louis, MO.  The transfer of operations and communications will…
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Notice to Navigators: Broadcast for Reopening LMR at I40 – Update

  Industry partners,   In the interest of resolving some of the confusion with mariners, we have updated the broadcast to the following:   THE U.S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HAS LIFTED THE RESTRICTION ON THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM MM 736 TO MM 737. THE MEMPHIS INFORMATION CENTER (MIC)…
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Notice to Navigators: Broadcast for Reopening LMR at I40

  Industry partners, As of 0900 this morning we have been given the clearance to open the waterway.  Here is the current broadcast for traffic management:   “1. THE U.S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS ISSUING A SAFETY ADVISORY FOR THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM MM 736 TO MM 737.…
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Notice to Navigators: Lower Mississippi River Update

  IRPT spoke with Lt. Paz, USCG Lower Mississippi River Sector, this morning. River is reopening today. Broadcast to Mariners is being prepared at this moment. Cassandra Caldwell, Arkansas Waterways Commission Director, stated that it was relayed on a LOMARC call yesterday afternoon that it was believed the congestion would be cleared within 36 to…
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Notice to Navigators: I-40 Bridge Closure

    FOX13 obtained the 911 call from the inspector who discovered the crack in the I-40 bridge and the action she demanded right away to save lives. © ARDOT Crack in the I-40 Bridge Clearly, you can hear in the inspector realizing they had spotted danger on the bridge.   “I am doing a bridge…
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Homeland Security, Transportation & Infrastructure Leaders Write White House National Security Advisor Sullivan on Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

May 11, 2021 (WASHINGTON) – Today, leaders of the Homeland Security Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee sent a letter to White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the national security and economic security implications of the Colonial Pipeline Company ransomware attack, which could lead to rising fuel costs and fuel shortages.  In the…
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Transportation Committee Republicans: Graves and Crawford Joint Statement on Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

Washington, D.C. – Joint statement from Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Ranking Member Rick Crawford (R-AR) on the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack: “Cyberattacks on our infrastructure network represent an ongoing, serious threat to our national security.  However, it also highlights the continued need for projects…
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USDOT Details Ongoing Efforts to Help Mitigate Potential Impacts of the Colonial Pipeline Disruption

May 11, 2021: U.S Department of Transportation The Biden-Harris Administration is continually assessing the impact of the ongoing Colonial Pipeline incident on fuel supplies for the East Coast and is monitoring reported shortages in parts of the Southeast. This ongoing effort includes evaluating resources the federal government can mobilize to mitigate potential impacts. As part…
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J. F. Brennan Opens a New Mid-South Location in Paducah, KY

  LA CROSSE, Wis., May 5, 2021 Marine construction firm J.F. Brennan Company (Brennan) recently established a permanent presence in the Mid-South Region. The company’s new Mid-South location is in Paducah, Kentucky, and will provide all Brennan services, including above and below-water construction and environmental remediation services. Located near the confluence of the Mississippi, Ohio,…
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The Port of South Louisiana and Dow Chemical held a ribbon-cutting and official operations kick-off of the SoLaPort Railyard

NEWS RELEASE – April 16, 2021 (full link below) Port of South Louisiana is pleased to announce that the construction of a six-track rail yard in St. Charles Parish is now complete. The rail yard, located at SoLaPort, a port-owned property on the west bank of the Mississippi River, is configured to accommodate between 250…
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Port of Harlingen receives MARAD Marine Highway Project Designation

Harlingen, TX The Port of Harlingen has been awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Division (MARAD), Marine Highway Project Designation for the creation of a Container on Barge service. The Port is one of 46 projects in the United States to receive this designation as part of the 2020 application process awarded by then…
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WATERWAYS JOURNAL publishes article featuring comments by Aimee Andres, Executive Director of IRPT

APRIL 21, 2021 | WATERWAYS JOURNAL: Article contributors: Lance M. Sannino, James Kearns and Aimee Andres The “Report Card” recently issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers has added to the renewed attention directed to the state of America’s infrastructure. Although the nation’s ports were given a grade of B-minus, better than the grade of…
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Ports of Indiana Handling Cargo for $600 million Expansion Project for Southern Indiana Cement Company

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (April 27, 2021) -Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville will receive more than 30 barges by June 30 destined for a local cement facility undergoing a $600 million expansion project. The Lehigh Cement Inc. is shipping large pieces of cargo to the Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville destined for its cement facility located in Mitchell, Ind., nearly 50…
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Request for Qualifications: Planning and Development

The Matagorda County Navigation District #1, Port of Palacios is seeking requests for qualifications (RFQ) for planning and development for the Matagorda County Navigation District #1, Port of Palacios (RFQP&D2021). The Port encourages all qualified consultancies and engineering firms with specific port development expertise interested in assisting the Port with determining the feasibility of diversifying…
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ASB: Request for Proposal

7 – 30,000 Gallon (11ʼ 7″ x 38ʼ) Fiberglass flat bottom storage tanks AGRIServices of Brunswick will accept bids for fiberglass vertical storage designed for Ammonium Thiosulphate. Please use the following considerations: 6″ flanged outlet with gussets 4″ flanged outlet with gussets 4″ “candy cane” opening in top with gussets 24″ bolted cover manhole in…
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FHWA Talking Freight Webinar: Rail Freight Growth Opportunities and Challenges

FHWA Talking Freight Webinar: Rail Freight Growth Opportunities and Challenges Topic: Rail Freight Growth Opportunities and Challenges Description and Presentations: The freight rail industry, like most other freight transportation modes, has experienced varying demand in recent years but in recent months has generally experienced strong volumes.  Large freight rail carriers are taking various steps to make themselves…
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‘Once-in-a-generation project’: Port of Vicksburg expansion project moves forward

April 8, 2021 Vicksburg Post (full link below) Talk of either building a new Port of Vicksburg or expanding current port facilities is no longer just talk. Action is being taken on what some have called a “generational project for Vicksburg.” During a meeting Wednesday with nearly all of Vicksburg and Warren County’s elected officials…
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Dede Smith, IRPT Deputy Director named Chair of NWC Navigation Caucus

Dede Smith, Deputy Director for the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, has been named Chair of the National Waterways Conference (NWC) Navigation Caucus. In addition to her role with IRPT, Dede serves on the NWC Executive Committee and now as Chair of the NWC Navigation Caucus. NWC’s caucuses play a prominent role in advising the…
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Heartland Port Authority chooses engineering firm

April 3, 2021 : Fulton Sun Heartland Port Authority chooses engineering firm   This week, the Heartland Port Authority approved entering into a contract with an engineering firm to look at what is needed for a Missouri River port to be placed in Jefferson City. Missy Bonnot, Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce interim president…
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PORT OF HARLINGEN BEGINS RIDER 38 PROJECTS

HARLINGEN, TX – The Port of Harlingen began preliminary work for five projects for upgrades and construction as part of the Rider 38 Grant Program. In May 2020, the Port was awarded $5.262 million by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Rider 38 Grant for transportation improvement and service expansion. Grant money, along with $1.75…
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Crystal Hutchinson joins IRPT staff as Communications Officer

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) is excited to welcome Crystal Hutchinson to the IRPT staff as the new Communications Officer of IRPT. Ms. Hutchinson began working for the association on April 1st, 2021. Before joining the IRPT team, Crystal held the position of Director of the Louisiana International Deep Water Transfer Terminal Authority.…
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Mount Vernon Port Director to Retire from Ports of Indiana

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (April 2, 2021) – Ports of Indiana today announced that Phil Wilzbacher will retire from the Ports of Indiana, effective April 20. Wilzbacher has led operations of Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon for 19 years, making him the longest-serving port director in the statewide port authority’s 60-year history. Wilzbacher called his time with…
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Port Issues Two Requests for Proposals

Container Tilter (please access full RFP here) The scope of this RFP is to request proposals for the purchase and installation of a container tilter. The tilter will meet or exceed the following specifications: 20′ long with a 45-ton capacity; Integrated scale Hydraulic door closers; Proposals will include the purchase, delivery, and installation of equipment.…
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Ohio Department of Transportation: Economic Impacts of Ohio River Maritime Activity

  Please click here to view the Ohio Department of Transportation’s: Economic Impacts of Ohio River Maritime Activity Maritime Assistance Program Ohio Maritime Strategy Ohio Maritime Assistance Awards
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ALTER LOGISTICS COMPANY NAMES PAUL FERGUSON NEW SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Alter Logistics Company is pleased to announce that Paul Ferguson has joined the company as Senior Vice President. “Paul’s responsibilities will include expansion projects at Alter’s St. Paul, Minnesota Terminal as well as new growth development opportunities for the company,” said Jeffrey Goldstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Ferguson joins Alter with an extensive career…
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FHWA Talking Freight Webinar: Trending Research in Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics

  Date/Time: March 17, 2021 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET Topic: Trending Research in Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics Registration: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd/talking_freight/index.htm   Description and Presentations: Freight transportation planning and logistics have continued to evolve in recent years as many organizations are placing increased emphasis on understanding the dynamics behind freight movements to better grasp when and where they take…
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Heartland Port Authority to seek engineering bids for proposed site

March 4, 2021: News Tribune (full link below) As it continues working to gain access to the land for a proposed Missouri River port in Jefferson City, the Heartland Port Authority is starting the process to retain professional engineering services. The action came during a Wednesday meeting of the Port Authority board. The Port Authority…
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ELEMENTUS ADVANCES $800 MILLION RARE EARTH ELEMENTS PROJECT IN LOUISIANA

March 5, 2021: Port of South Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards joined DADA Holdings Chairman and CEO David D’Addario and Enervoxa CEO Vandit Verma to announce that ElementUS, a joint venture of DADA and Enervoxa, will make an $800 million capital investment to extract rare earth elements at the Noranda Alumina site in Gramercy, Louisiana,…
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Active Exploitation of Microsoft Vulnerability

Microsoft released an out-of-band security updates to address vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, 2016, and 2019. A remote attacker can exploit three remote code execution vulnerabilities-CVE-2021-26857, CVE-2021-26858, and CVE-2021-27065-to take control of an affected system and can exploit one vulnerability-CVE-2021-26855-to obtain access to sensitive information. These vulnerabilities are being actively exploited in the wild.…
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Fifty years and growing; Oklahoma’s marine highway sets sail into anniversary year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fifty years and growing; Oklahoma’s marine highway sets sail into anniversary year   In 1971, a barge hauling newsprint became the first official delivery into the brand new Tulsa Port of Catoosa. In the five decades since, the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) has grown into a marine highway with an…
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MoDOT Industry Forums

MoDOT is hosting a series of Industry Forums as part of the development of the State Freight & Rail Plan.  We are looking to spread the word to additional private sector folks that might want to participate. Attached are the invitations, one for each forum. Participants can register for any forum via all the RSVP links.…
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Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today announced it is seeking applicants for the FY 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program to fund transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden Administration’s principles for national infrastructure projects that result in good-paying jobs, improve…
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February 15, 2021: PORTS OF INDIANA: NOTICE TO BIDDERS

PROJECT: Construction of Railroad Improvements Project, Segments A1 and B (Jeffersonville) Truck-to-Rail and Rail-to-Water Improvements TIGER Grant FY 2017 Award # DTMA91G1600003A Contract JF-2001-C  Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for Construction of Railroad Improvements Project, Segments A1 and B, Contract JF-2001-C1 (“Project”), at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, Clark County, IN, will be received…
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AVANT ORGANICS TO LAUNCH MANUFACTURING SITE AT CENTRAL LOUISIANA PORT

February 12, 2021: FoxNews15 (full link below) Gov. John Bel Edwards highlighted the creation of Avant Organics LLC, a new specialty chemicals company that plans to manufacture innovative products at the Central Louisiana Regional Port in Alexandria, subject to a final lease agreement. Parent company Crest Industries will make a $4 million capital investment and…
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MTS-ISAC 2020 Annual Report

Maritime Transportation System – Information Sharing & Analysis Center MTS-ISAC 2020 Annual Report   A small group of U.S. Critical infrastructure stakeholders across the country from both the public and private sectors met in February 2020 to discuss a fundamental challenge to their cybersecurity efforts. They understood the importance of working together, sharing cyber threat…
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Ports of Indiana Seeks General Cargo Terminal Operator at Jeffersonville Port

For the first time in over 40 years, the general cargo dock at the Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville will be made available to operator interests through a Request for Proposals (RFP). As part of the RFP process, Ports of Indiana will be looking for a long-term business partner to provide stevedoring and distribution services to existing…
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Port of Victoria Secures Multi-Million Dollar Grant for Rail Expansion Project

The Victoria County Navigation District, owner and operator of the Port of Victoria, has secured a $6 million CARES Act Grant through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a proposed Rail Expansion Project. This grant, which requires a 50%, or $3 million, match from the Port, will help fund the construction of a 1.9-mile rail…
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QSL CONTINUES ITS NORTH AMERICAN EXPANSION WITH THE ACQUISITION OF EMPIRE STEVEDORING

January 28, 2021 QSL, a company specializing in port terminal operation, stevedoring, marine services and transport, continues its expansion by acquiring Empire Stevedoring Co. Ltd. of Montreal. This transaction brings QSL one step closer to its goal of becoming the North American leader in its activity sector. This alliance between two prestigious Quebec maritime industry…
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COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System

  The President issued Executive Order (13998), Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel that requires masks be worn on all “public maritime vessels, including ferries” to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued order, Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks while on Transportation Hubs, 29JAN2021,…
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SCF “Who We Are” Video

  The recently released SCF video informs customers, stakeholders, and government officials about who SCF Marine is and what SCF Marine does.  In addition to describing SCF’s identity and operations, the video also explains the critical importance of waterborne transportation /commerce to the nation’s economy.   This video highlights SCF’s and the maritime industry’s commitment…
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Oakley Acquires Cahokia, IL Grain Terminal

For Immediate Release December 23, 2020   Oakley Acquires Cahokia, IL Grain Terminal   Bruce Oakley, Inc. and American Milling, LP are excited to announce that Oakley has acquired American Milling’s newest completed project in Cahokia, IL.  Oakley plans to operate this facility, in partnership with Oakley St. Louis (formerly Lange-Stegmann), as the Oakley STL…
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LIGTT RFP/RFQ Press Release

Plaquemines Parish, LA The Louisiana International Gulf Transfer Terminal (LIGTT) Authority anticipates release of an RFQ/RFP seeking developers for a multi-use deep water transfer terminal located approximately 2.5 miles off the east shore of Southwest Pass, encompassing 2,238 acres of state-owned water bottoms presently leased by the Authority.  The RFQ/RFP release will be hosted at…
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Division and District Commanders Visit Port of Harlingen

HARLINGEN, TX– U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Southwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. Christopher G. Beck and Galveston District Commander Col. Timothy R. Vail with other Corps officials from the Southwestern District and Division met with the Port of Harlingen administration Tuesday, Dec. 1. Beck assumed command of the Southwestern Division in June 2020 and…
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Missouri River Transportation for Iowa Farmers

It’s no secret how vital the Mississippi River is for soybean exports and agricultural transportation. But this mighty river can leave western Iowa farmers with little options for transporting their crop. Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition tells “The State of Soy” what new opportunities on the Missouri River are ahead for western Iowa…
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Christmas, COVID and Cancer: Challenge for a Cure

If 2020 didn’t bring enough excitement for us all, a pink barge is adding some color and cancer awareness to Van Buren, Arkansas. The barge, called BIG HOPE 1, brings awareness to cancer research, and is sailing to Five Rivers Distribution in Van Buren for Christmas. There is always hope that one day there will…
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America’s Forgotten Marine Highway Network That Could Green Global Freight Transport

Forbes.com (full link below) U.S. freight transport is forecast to grow by 40% over the next two decades. The rapid growth of e-commerce, accelerated by more first-time users during the coronavirus pandemic, could push this demand even further. Yet, 70% of all cargo in the U.S. is transported via road. The Biden-Harris team have a long tasklist ahead…
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Kaskaskia Regional Port District featured on “World’s Greatest”

MarineLog (full link below) The Kaskaskia Regional Port District in Red Bull, Ill., was recently featured in an episode of the “World’s Greatest” TV show. Now in its fourteenth season and aired on the ION Network. the “World’s Greatest,” features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews to bring interesting people, places and companies into the spotlight. Focusing…
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For Sale – Memphis Fire Barge

The City of Memphis Fire Department is selling its 120′ firefighting barge. Can you please assist us in reaching out and sharing this email with your port stakeholders. It is being sold for $300,000 which is fair market value of the barge and equipment. Please see attached pictures and equipment information. Please don’t hesitate to…
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Information and Communications Technology (ICT) SCRM Task Force WG5 Report: Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Subject:  CISA Releases Supply Chain Analysis Report: Lessons Learned During The COVID-19 Pandemic Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and government and industry members of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) Task Force released an analysis report on the impact of COVID-19 on global supply chains.  Building A…
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Innovative Dredge Tackles Morgan City Bar Channel Fluff

October 30, 2020: The Waterways Journal (full link below) Almost six years have passed since the Port of Morgan City saw its last foreign-flagged ship call on the port. From late 2014 to early 2015, 22 ships called on the port, importing cargoes and exporting regional goods, like locally grown rice. But that success was…
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Back to Business: BL Duke River Terminal Prepares for Illinois Waterway Reopening

October 23, 2020: MarketsInsider (full link below) BL Duke River Terminal, a division of BL Duke, is planning to resume normally scheduled business as repairs to the Illinois Waterway near completion. Northbound traffic from Port of NOLA to destinations above La Grange Lock resumed in early October, and southbound traffic from Chicago to destinations south…
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Hendricks River Logistics restructures terminal services

October 28, 2020: MarineLog (full link below) As coal shipments on U.S. inland waterways continue to decline, terminals at which coal was a primary commodity are having to diversify their business. Hendricks River Logistics, located at Keokuk, Iowa, at Mile 371 on the Mississippi River, recently announced its plan to transform its coal-handling facility into…
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NOVA Southeastern University’s Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness is offering a Hazmat and COVID-19 maritime training FREE

Nova Southeastern University’s Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness is offering a FREE hazmat (hazwoper) awareness (8-hour) and Covid-19 (4-hour) maritime training. These programs are federally funded through grant training offerings that will be beneficial to everyone working in the inland river industry. Nova Southeastern University typically travels directly to the location to train, but…
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Brennan Announces ISO Certification in Quality Management, Environmental Management, and Occupational Health and Safety Management

LA CROSSE, Wis., October 28, 2020—J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. (Brennan) announces certification in occupational health and safety management, quality management, and environmental management, in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Upon successful completion of certification audits by external auditor and registrar British Standards Institution (BSI), Brennan—an environmental remediation and marine construction contractor—achieved certification…
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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (2020-3)

PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR DESIGN OF THE SEMO PORT LOOP TRACK TERMINAL (Material Handling) MARAD FY2018 BUILD GRANT NO. 693JF71910013 The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority (Semo Port) of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties is requesting qualification statements for professional engineering services to design new bulk handling terminal to transload a dry bulk commodity from…
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Federal grant could help jump-start Missouri River Terminal intermodal project

October 12, 2020: Kansas City Business Journal (full link below) A plan to turn 420 acres of brownfield into a massive water, road and rail intermodal terminal will get a $9.88 million boost from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The agency announced the award of the Port Infrastructure Development Grant on Friday for the Missouri River Terminal…
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Adam Tindall-Schlicht Wins International Honor

October 6, 2020: Port of Milwaukee Port Milwaukee Director Cited as an AntwerpXL “40 Under 40” Leaders of an international shipping conference have named Milwaukee’s Port Director, Adam Tindall-Schlicht, as an AntwerpXL 40 Under 40 honoree.  The award showcases rising stars, under the age of 40, in an important sector of marine commerce. AntwerpXL is…
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Benchmark Terminals awarded CRISI grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has selected 50 projects in 29 states to receive competitive grant funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program.  The projects selected include a wide variety of railroad investments that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of freight and…
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Cincinnati Bulk Terminals awarded CRISI grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has selected 50 projects in 29 states to receive competitive grant funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program.  The projects selected include a wide variety of railroad investments that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of freight and…
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Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Announces $5.3 Million Investment into Arkansas Communities

For Immediate Release DRA’s investment will improve basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, healthcare access, and job training to support economic development in communities across Arkansas. CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced a $5,325,649 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Arkansas communities and residents.  The investment…
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MISSISSIPPI RIVER SHIP CHANNEL DEEPENING TO 50 FEET BEGINS

BIG RIVER COALITION   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Media Contact: Sean M. Duffy, Sr. sean.duffy@bigrivercoalition.org (504) 338-3165 MISSISSIPPI RIVER SHIP CHANNEL DEEPENING TO 50 FEET BEGINS  New Orleans—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) officially kicked off the historic deepening of the Mississippi River Ship Channel to 50 feet tonight (September 11, 2020), as Weeks Marine’s…
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A Maine Not-For-Profit Is Making a Significant Impact on the Port Industry

THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MARITIME AND PORT EXECUTIVES www.iampe.org For Immediate Release: September 15, 2020 A MAINE NOT-FOR-PROFIT IS MAKING A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE PORT INDUSTRY The International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) is a lean, not-for-profit, educational institution that over the last 6 years has provided industry-recognized management programs and professional…
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Kaskaskia Regional Port District receives DRA Grant

The Kaskaskia Regional Port District will use DRA funds to build a second access road from IL-154 to the Industrial Park at the west side of the property to improve services to businesses. The KRPD Baldwin Terminal’s access road project in Red Bud, Illinois will receive $241,350 DRA funds for the total $643,650 project. This investment…
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Port of Cates Landing received Build Grant

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has been awarded $7 million for its $12 million Port of Cates Landing Rail Extension Project through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants Program. This project will construct approximately 5.5 miles of rail to connect the Port of Cates Landing and the adjoining…
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America’s Central Port receives BUILD Grant

America’s Central Port District has been awarded $20.8 million for its $26 million St. Louis Bi-State Regional Ports Improvement Project through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants Program. This project will make several regional investments in multimodal infrastructure. At America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, this project includes approximately…
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DHS/CISA Cyber Security Alert: Iran-Based Threat Actor Exploits VPN Vulnerabilities

Critical Infrastructure Colleagues and Partners,   Today, CISA and FBI are issuing a joint cybersecurity advisory about Iranian-based malicious cyber actor targeting several U.S. federal agencies and other U.S.-based networks. Exploiting publicly known Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) dealing with Pulse Secure virtual private network (VPN), Citrix NetScaler, and F5 are the methods this threat…
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DHS / CISA: Cyber Security Alert

For your situational awareness.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you.   Chad Johnston Protective Security Advisor-Arkansas, Region VI Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency 501-414-1468 (Cell) Chad.Johnston@cisa.dhs.gov   CISA has published CISA/FBI joint Alert AA20-258A: Chinese Ministry of State Security-Affiliated Cyber Threat Actor Activity (TLP:WHITE) to the CISA/US-CERT website at the…
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Kentucky Officials Award Funds to Freight-Moving River Ports

September 11, 2020: Transport Topics (full link below) Kentucky officials recently announced $450,000 has been awarded to five river ports to assist with critical repairs and equipment improvements. The funds were distributed unevenly to the authorities that operate ports in Paducah, Eddyville, Henderson, Owensboro and Louisville. The awards, administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, will…
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Port of Blencoe Starts Work on $11M Port

September 9, 2020: Sioux City Journal (full link below) Western Iowa co-op starts work on $11M port; barges to return to upper Missouri River BLENCOE, Iowa — After a lengthy absence, barges are returning to the upper stretch of the Missouri River, providing western Iowa farmers with a lower-cost option to access fertilizer and export…
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Waterways Association of Pittsburgh joins IRPT

In 1859, a group of businessmen located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania formed The Pittsburgh Coal Exchange to promote the safety, health and transportation of the area’s abundant coal supply. This organization grew and evolved; in 1967, the Waterways Association of Pittsburgh was chartered. Throughout the years, the focus changed from coal to steel to steel by-product.…
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Superior-Lidgerwood-Mundy joins IRPT

Superior Lidgerwood Mundy, “SLM”, is a 150-year-old family-owned and operated original equipment manufacturing company. Our company specializes in the design, production, and integration of mechanical machinery, with extensive industry experience in winch and hoist systems. SLM equipment is designed to industry accepted ANSI and ASME standards and is paired with state-of-the-art controls to uniquely match…
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Rockport Terminals joins IRPT

Strategically located at mile marker 530 of the Intracoastal Waterway, Rockport Terminals is a privately owned, multi-modal port facility with direct connections to water, highway, rail, and pipeline which provides our customers with a unique competitive advantage. Being directly connected to the Intracoastal Waterway, B-Highway-35, and the end of the rail track gives Rockport Terminals…
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Pickands Mather Group joins IRPT

Pickands Mather’s Services team provides logistical design and planning as well as management, oversight and coordination services for efficiently moving bulk commodities. PM’s Services Group utilizes rail, truck, vessel, and barge transportation to optimize your costs, while driving for efficiency and meeting or exceeding your service requirements, whether your move is single mode, or inter…
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Matagorda County Navigation District No. One joins IRPT

Matagorda County Navigation District No. 1 Port of Palacios is a Special District formed in 1940 and authorized by the Texas State Legislature to promote commercial and recreational fishing, maintain a navigable waterway and to protect the coastal environment. When MCND#1 was initially organized, our stated mission was to provide a safe harbor for the boats…
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LJA Engineering joins IRPT

From the beginning, LJA Engineering stood out by recognizing the importance of quality engineering solutions amid a culture of visionary leadership and collaborative delivery. We are firmly grounded in our mission: To establish LJA in our chosen disciplines as the premier engineering firm in Texas by providing high quality, innovative, and cost-effective services to our clients. Our…
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Great Lakes Dredge and Dock joins IRPT

GLDD is North America’s dredging industry leader, the largest provider of marine dredging, and the only U.S. company with substantial overseas operations. GLDD owns and operates a diverse dredging fleet comprised of numerous specialized maritime vessels, and operates marine yards in five locations nationwide. Project work includes: Ports & Harbors: Port expansion projects involve the…
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C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates joins IRPT

At Fenstermaker, we believe in building strong, long-term partnerships. We offer a unique combination of services to assist state and federal agencies in developing smart solutions to complex contemporary challenges. Experienced in collaborating with many types of organizations and government agencies, we understand the requirements and goals of public work. From procurement to project completion,…
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Continental Heavy Civil Corp joins IRPT

Continental Heavy Civil Corp is a Heavy Civil and Marine contractor with a specialty in: Marine Construction Shoreline Protection Dredging (Hydraulic and Mechanical) Our management team has over 50 years of cumulative experience in our fields of expertise with offices in Miami, Jacksonville, Savannah, Brunswick, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. Our team’s varied talents allow us to successfully execute…
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Port NOLA, Water Institute of the Gulf, LED Announce Smart Port Initiative

Baton Rouge, La. – July 13, 2020 – Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a Louisiana smart port initiative that will streamline operations and improve safety through real-time data shared by port administrators, tenants, shippers, and warehouse, cargo and ground transportation providers. Louisiana Economic Development is coordinating the smart port initiative with The Water Institute of the Gulf and…
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Port of Indiana handling cargo for $1 billion Michigan power plant

Six ships carrying over 600 pieces to be one of largest shipments in port history PORTAGE, Ind. (August 25, 2020) –Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is handling the primary shipments for a $1 billion power plant project at the Indeck Niles Energy Center in Michigan. More than 600 pieces of cargo, some as large as 600,000…
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Chicago Rock Island, Pacific Railroad to begin Phase 1 of rail service to the Port of Rosedale

August 21, 2020: Mississippi Business Journal (full link below) The first phase in the restoration of the Great River Railroad rail service to the Port of Rosedale, MS is about to begin. The Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, a Mississippi LLC, is to begin clearing and repairing track leading to the Port of Rosedale…
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Port of Greater Baton Rouge completes expansion of Inland Rivers Marine Terminal

August 21, 2020: The Advocate (full link below) A $5 million expansion of the Port of Greater Baton Rouge’s Inland Rivers Marine Terminal container storage yard is now complete. The yard can handle about 2,000 shipping containers at a time, moving truck traffic off of highways. The Inland Rivers Marine Terminal is located on a barge canal…
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St. Louis Port Authority: Request for Proposal

The St. Louis Port Authority is soliciting proposals to lease 931 linear feet along the Mississippi River at the foot of the prolongation of E. Grand Avenue for barge mooring and fleeting.   The Request for Proposal (RFP) can be viewed at the St. Louis City website: https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/sldc/procurement/rfp-for-long-term-lease-of-riverfront-mooring-rights-from-port-authority.cfm   For any additional information, please contact…
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Port of Muskogee Names New Deputy Director

July 28,2020: Muskogee Phoenix (full link below) Muskogee Port Director Scott Robinson on Tuesday lauded the accomplishments of his new deputy director as a person whose “value to the port cannot be overstated.” Robinson credited Deputy Director Kimbra Scott, who has managed communications and public affairs at the Port of Muskogee for six years, for…
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Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Notification

    Today, the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued Emergency Directive (ED 20-03) directing federal civilian executive branch agencies to apply a Microsoft Windows patch to mitigate significant vulnerability risks, and minimize exposure of associated threats to our federal information systems. CISA is directing federal civilian departments and agencies to…
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Parson signs bill to develop port on Missouri River in Jefferson City

The Heartland Port Authority of Central Missouri has been given 116 acres to develop a port on the Missouri River in Jefferson City. In a Tuesday press conference, the Heartland Port Authority of Central Missouri announced the signage of House Bill 1330 by Governor Mike Parson which gives the port authority 116 acres to develop…
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Alliant Energy Transportation transforms into Travero

Name change and new brand build on over a century of success   CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – July 15, 2020 – Alliant Energy Transportation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation, announced today the company is changing its name to Travero.   The new name connects the company’s resources into one brand and furthers…
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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

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 is a new container-on-barge service being developed by members of Inland Rivers, Ports &…
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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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