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(See also Coast Guard news items on the Wheelhouse Report Coast Guard page, updated 23 July 2008.)


Proposal puts roadway, dock at spillway
The Port of South Louisiana is considering building a massive dock and elevated roadway in front of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 15 June 2009

Army Corps of Engineers decides to construct surge gates for Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
A final decision to construct a pair of 150-foot-wide surge gates in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to protect the Industrial Canal area was made by an Army Corps of Engineers division commander Wednesday after months of computer modeling and simulat
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 15 January 2009

River locks reopen just before holidays
All locks on the Illinois River went back into service just before the New Year holiday, after flood waters over the previous weekend stopped barge traffic.
Farm Futures, 02 January 2009

Fog closes Houston Ship Channel, stalls 20 vessels
Fog has closed the Houston Ship Channel, including Galveston and Texas City, to oceangoing vessel traffic.
Reuters UK, 02 January 2009

RiverBarge Excursion Lines will not operate in 2009
RiverBarge Excursion Lines, a New Orleans company that operates inland river cruises, will not operate in 2009. Higher operating costs and paltry bookings led the New Orleans company to shutter the entire upcoming year's schedule.
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 23 December 2008

MR-GO closure agreement is signed by corps, state
Louisiana and the US Army Corps of Engineers on Friday finalized the long-awaited agreement governing the closing of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet.
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 31 October 2008

Tugboat deckhand tests positive for drugs
Drug and alcohol tests were negative on the apprentice steersman operating the MV Mel Oliver involved in the 23 July accident that caused a large oil spill on the Mississippi River. Tests on one of the towboat's deckhands were positive for illegal dr
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 16 September 2008

Mississippi River will be inspected for hazards
Reopening the Mississippi River is one of the priorities for the Army Corps of Engineers today. The Lower Mississippi was closed to marine traffic Sunday in advance of Hurricane Gustav.
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 03 September 2008

Towing company is moving vessels from waterway
Crescent Towing began moving a ship and several barges that were adrift in the Industrial Canal this morning to nearby port facilities out of the waterway's main channel.
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 03 September 2008

Mississippi closed near Hamburg
The US Coast Guard on Wednesday closed the Mississippi River about 15 miles above Winfield MO following the grounding of a 15-barge tow.
The Telegraph (IL), 13 August 2008




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