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Tonnage Reporting

Tonnage: VORs v LPMS

By Aimee Andres | October 25, 2019 |

Currently, there are 2 reporting methods being used. The LPMS (Lock Performance Monitoring System) and Vessel Operating Reports (VORs), which are required by law to be submitted to the Institute of Water Resources (IWR), a division of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The lock performance measurement system (LPMS) is collected at the Corps lock by…

Port Professionals Meeting: Updating O & D’s for Tonnage Sake

By Miranda Cook | April 10, 2019 |

Back in 2014, IRPT started a “Tonnage Reporting Campaign” in an effort to educate the waterway users on the critical need of reporting tonnage. We have made many accomplishments since then, including signing a Memorandum of Common Purpose with the U.S. Army Corp’s Institute of Water Resources. To keep the momentum going, IRPT is now…

Tonnage Reporting: IRPT Request for Information

By Aimee Andres | October 19, 2018 |

Members, Through the historic Memorandum of Common Purpose recently signed by the Institute of Water Resources (U.S. Army Corps) and Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (more information below), it is our vision to navigate a path forward through strategic partnerships, such as with the Institute of Water Resources (IWR) for an accurate reporting system with…

Tonnage Reporting: VOR vs. LPMS

By Aimee Andres | September 17, 2018 |

Currently, there are 2 reporting methods being used. The LPMS (Lock Performance Monitoring System) and Vessel Operating Reports (VORs) required by law to be submitted to the Institute of Water Resources (IWR), a division of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The lock performance measurement system (LPMS) is collected at the Corps lock by the…

IRPT and U.S. Army Corps, IWR sign Memorandum of Common Purpose

By Aimee Andres | September 17, 2018 |

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…

Transportation Facts and Information Card

By Aimee Andres | December 11, 2016 |

If you have not seen it yet, the 2015 Transportation Facts and Information Card is available. Please access the .pdf document here. In November, we met with Tom Podany, Director of the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center, at his office in New Orleans. We discussed multiple topics including: How to get more inland ports recognized by IWR:…

Who Should Be Reporting?

By Aimee Andres | September 11, 2016 |

Since the August 30th email, I have received a lot of questions about the fines and again, “Who should be Reporting”. I sent Tom Podany (Director of the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) and email asking about different situations. Again, the major question all around is ‘Who should be reporting’. Is it the terminal operator,…

Tonnage Reporting Fine Reminder

By Aimee Andres | August 30, 2016 |

Did you know there is a $5,000 fine for not reporting your tonnage to the Institute for Water Resources? Please find a letter I received detailing the fines here. It states, “that owners, agents, master, and clerks of vessels and other craft plying upon the navigable waters of the United States, and all individuals and…

Tonnage Report Webinar

By Aimee Andres | February 11, 2015 |

If you missed the January webinar for tonnage reporting, Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals will host a second webinar on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm central time. Do you own a barge? Do you lease a barge? Do you dredge materials either for channel maintenance or mining purposes? If you answered yes to…

All about Tonnage

Tonnage is the primary metric system used by the inland river system.

Through the IWR, the Navigation and Civil Works Decision Support Center (NDC), exercises its Federal responsibility for establishing and maintaining a variety of water transportation automatic information systems that include databases and statistics pertaining to waterborne commodity and vessel movements, domestic commercial vessel characteristics, port and waterway facilities, lock facilities, lock operations, and navigation dredging projects, and helps ensure that USACE decisions are based on the best available data.

Barge lines are to report the commodity movement, unless the barge is contracted as chartered and, in that case, it is the terminal operator who is to report.

Ultimately the operator is responsible for ensuring their vessels are reported, but that doesn't necessarily mean they do the reporting - they may delegate that reporting to whoever is moving the barge, but not always.

Penalties for not reporting:

Other than the fact that reporting tonnages keeps our waterways open and maintained, there is a $5,000 fine for not reporting. A letter from the Corps can be found here. Failure to provide statements required are subject to the following penalties:

  • For each and every offense, a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two months.
  • A civil penalty of up to $2,500 per violation.
  • Denial of passage through locks and canals.

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals has prepared a monthly reminder for usage by our Members to share with port tenants and barge companies that serve their facilities. You can access that reminder letter here.

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