Search Suspended for Missing Barge Crew Members Suspended Off Texas

HOUSTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - A sea and air search was suspended on Sunday for two crew members who went missing after an oil barge caught fire early on Friday and leaked an undetermined amount of the fuel into the Gulf of Mexico off Port Aransas, Texas, authorities said. There was no immediate determination of what caused the fire, which was extinguished on Friday. The search … [Read more...]

Ohio River Closed to Shipping After Lock Failure

By Karl Plume CHICAGO, Oct 2 (Reuters) - The Ohio River was closed to commercial navigation on Monday near Brookport, Illinois, after a hydraulic system used to open and close lock gates at lock and dam 53 failed, the Waterways Council said. A queue of more than 65 towboats was waiting to pass through the area on Monday morning, the group said in a news release. The … [Read more...]

Power Barge Corporation Announces New Medium Speed Engine Power Barge Design

Dave Nickerson, President of Power Barge Corporation (PBC) announces the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Approval In Principle from ABS New Orleans for a new modular medium speed engine power barge design. This 80 MW to 180 MW power barge design was jointly developed by Power Barge Corporation, Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractors A/S (BWSC), and Vard Marine USA … [Read more...]

Frustrated Shippers Say No End in Site to Barge Congestion at Northern European Ports

By Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar) - Shippers say they feel powerless over the barge congestion crisis in northern Europe – one believing there may be no early solution. Stanley Black & Decker’s senior transportation manager for EMEA-ANZ, David Lenaers, told The Loadstar congestion at Antwerp had been a problem since last year. “Although things may have seen a … [Read more...]

Barge Accidents Shut Parts of Mississippi, Ohio Rivers

By Karl Plume April 7 (Reuters) - Two separate barge accidents halted navigation on the flood-swollen Mississippi and lower Ohio rivers on Friday, severing the flow of grain from the upper Midwest to export terminals along the Gulf Coast, government officials said. A section of the Mississippi River was closed to navigation on Friday morning after nine grain barges broke … [Read more...]