Posts Tagged ‘towboat’

Mississippi River bridge to be named for towboat pioneer

GREENVILLE — The U.S. Highway 82 bridge over the Mississippi River at Greenville will be named for towboat industry pioneer Jesse Brent. The Mississippi Department of Transportation ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 15 by the base of bridge in Harlow’s Event Center. Brent founded Greenville Towing Company in 1956. He served as […] [...]

Stranded river barges could be moving south this weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Federal officials hope a massive effort to remove silt and sand deposits from the bed of the Mississippi River in Minnesota will have cleared a path for hundreds of tied-up barges carrying millions of dollars in cargo to resume their trips downstream over the weekend. Commercial barge traffic has been choked […] [...]

Magnolia Marine adds new towboats, plans further expansion

VICKSBURG — Magnolia Marine Transport Co. has added two new towboats to its fleet and is planning for additional expansion. Vice president of operations Roger Harris tells The Vicksburg Post the vessels Miles Madison and Anna Elise were christened on June 29. Magnolia already has 19 towboats and 68 barges in service, Harris says. The […] [...]

Commission sets fee for public to buy bridge video footage

VICKSBURG — Copies of videos from security cameras on the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge over the Mississippi River will cost the public $500 each. The Vicksburg Bridge Commission voted this week to charge the fee to turn over footage from its security cameras when formally requested. The Vicksburg Post reports a federal lawsuit was […] [...]

La. officials asking for video of barge striking bridge

VICKSBURG — Louisiana officials have informally asked about video from security cameras at the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge where a barge struck the Mississippi River span on March 23, 2011. Vicksburg Bridge Commission superintendent Herman Smith tells the Vicksburg Post the agency has not been served with a subpoena for the video. The highway […] [...]

Coast Guard says sunken barge no risk to river traffic

VICKSBURG — Authorities say the barge that sank after hitting a bridge on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg poses no dangers to shipping or the environment. Coast Guard Capt. Bill Drelling said today that the barge is in 80 feet of water so there’s no risk of other barges hitting it. No decision has been […] [...]

River reopens after towboat hits I-20 bridge

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi River re-opened this morning in Vicksburg after barges hit the old U.S. Highway 80 railroad bridge. Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says that there was enough water covering a barge that sank yesterday to allow other vessels to safely pass through. After the river re-opened at 9:30 a.m. CDT, the coast […] [...]

Barge accident closes river, but flooding bigger worry

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River at Vicksburg after barges hit a railroad bridge there yesterday and about 30 barges broke free from the towboat “Captain Buck Lay.” Nine towboats — six bound upriver and three heading downriver — with a total of 134 barges were waiting to get through yesterday evening, […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit docks after long, extended season

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District’s (Corps) Mat Sinking Unit (MSU), has completed an extended mat-sinking season. This revetment season included a larger than normal program with critical repairs being made to sites damaged as a result of the 2011 historic flood. During this longer, eight-month, revetment season, the MSU placed […] [...]

Coast Guard lacks assets to respond to emergency on river

VICKSBURG — After a two-barge tow carrying 1.5 million gallons of oil hit the U.S. Highway 80 bridge in the early morning hours of Jan. 27, Coast Guard officials had to rely on a Vicksburg industry to respond. “We don’t have a specific search and rescue presence here in Vicksburg,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Walthour […] [...]

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