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USCG approves Q-LNG’s bunkering vessels design

USCG recently gave its regulatory approval and design basis acceptance to the Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport (Q-LNG), for its two variants construction. Gaining this approval, the marine transportation company will have the ability to move forward with its construction plans. 

Breakaway barges hit Upper Mississippi River

On Wednesday 13 February, the US Coast Guard along with several local authorities responded to a multi-barge breakaway close to the Upper Mississippi River. Specifically, the breakaway occurred near mile markers 176 and 177 of the river.

Barge grounded on Quadra Island, British Columbia

Officials are trying to refloat a barge that ran aground, damaging its hull on Quadra Island, British Columbia, on November 9. As Transport Canada informed, it is now considering a salvage plan, and when the barge is refloated, it will be towed to a facility near Campbell River for repairs.

Watch: Australia trials new Antarctic barges

Two new landing barges are launching in order to assist the work of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina. The barges will be based onbroad the RSV Nuyina, along with three tenders to transfer the personnel and a scientific research tender. 

Breakaway barges hit San Jacinto River bridge

The US Coast Guard informed that it is responding after at least two barges struck the I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge near Channelview, Texas, on Friday, September 20. Namely, nine barges broke away from the moorings. At least two barges hit the bridge, which sustained significant damage to its concrete pilings.

Watch: Drone footage shows barges lodged beneath I-10 bridge

Responders with the US Coast Guard San Jacinto River Fleet Unified Command used a drone to conduct initial damage assessments of the I-10 bridge that at least two barges struck Friday. Nine barges broke away from their moorings at the San Jacinto River Fleet in Houston, on 20 September.

Poor maintenance led to barge breakaway in Ohio River

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an investigation report on a barge breakaway incident in the Ohio River which caused an estimated $12.5 million damage and an unknown release of coal and cement into the water. 

Watch: Barges break loose, hit dam on Arkansas River

Two unmanned barges broke loose Wednesday night from their mooring site in the Port of Muskogee, staying adrift for several hours on the swollen Arkansas River, Oklahoma, before they crashed into a dam, Thursday. The barges were carrying about 3,800 pounds of phosphate fertilizer between them.

Traffic in Houston Ship Channel returns to normal operations

The Unified Command, including the US Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and Kirby Inland Marine, have successfully removed two barges involved in a collision from the Houston Ship Channel, on May 15. The Captain of the Port of Houston-Galveston has opened the Houston Ship Channel without restrictions and vessel traffic has returned to normal operations.