Coast Guard officials are seeking public comment
while conducting a waterways analysis and management
system review of the upper Columbia River from Vancouver,
Washington, to the Bonneville Pools in the vicinity of
Hood River. Officials are seeking information from local
mariners to validate the adequacy of the existing aids to
navigation system, gain a better understanding of the
uses of the waterway and general safety issues in the
area before the comment deadline of Aug. 31, 2016. The
information collected from this survey will be used to
see what may be done to enhance safe navigation of the
waterway and to anticipate and plan for future budgeting
requirements. The survey is available on the Coast Guard
13th Districts Waterways Analysis Management Study
website at: http://www.uscg.mil/d13/dpw/wams.asp.
ARLINGTON, VA American Trucking Associations advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 2.1 percent in April, following a 4.4 percent drop during March. In April, the index equaled 134.8 (2000=100), down from 137.6 in March. The all-time high was 144 in February. Compared with April 2015, the SA index was up two percent, which was down from Marchs 2.2 percent year-over-year gain. Year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2015, tonnage was up 3.5 percent on Februarys strength. Excluding February, the index was up 1.8 percent over the same months in 2015. The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 135.1 in April, which was five percent below the previous month (142.2). ATA calculates the tonnage index based on surveys from its membership and has been doing so since the 1970s. This is a preliminary figure and subject to change in the final report issued around the 10th day of the month. The report includes month-to-month and year-over-year results, relevant economic comparisons and key financial indicators.
ATHENS TOP Ships Inc., an international owner and operator of ECO MR tanker vessels focusing on the transportation of petroleum products, has announced that it has taken delivery of the M/T STENAWECO EXCELLENCE, a 50,000 dwt fuel efficient "ECO" MR product tanker, the fifth of six vessels under construction in the Company's fleet. The last vessel is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2016. The company also announced that the STENAWECO EXCELLENCE has commenced its time charter employment with Stena Weco A/S.
WASHINGTON, DC The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 21, 2016 was 506,983 carloads and intermodal units, down 8.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending May 21 were 244,290 carloads, down 10.6 percent compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 262,693 containers and trailers, down 6.5 percent compared to 2015. For the first 20 weeks of 2016, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,803,310 carloads, down 14 percent from the same point last year; and 5,150,727 intermodal units, down 1.7 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 20 weeks of 2016 was 9,954,037 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 8.1 percent compared to last year.
JACKSONVILLE, FL Crowley Maritime Corp.s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for four students of Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA). The four recipients, Patrick Goldsmith, Jack McMurrer, Paige Mentuck and Christina Murphy, were chosen based on their excellent grades, demonstrated financial need and plans to pursue a career in the maritime industry. Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students. The company has also donated more than $2 million over the years to support other educational programs.