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Watch: Tugboat sinking to become artificial reef off New Jersey

On June 9,2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Marine Fisheries Administration deployed the 65-foot tugboat VINIK HUNTRESS at the Sandy Hook Reef. Artificial reefs provide a hard substrate for marine life, fishing grounds for anglers, and underwater structures for scuba divers to enjoy.

Watch: Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the US National Weather Service, forecasts an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, running from June 1 through November 30. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. 

Watch: US, China sign phase 1 trade deal

President Donald Trump signed a partial trade deal with China on January 15, in attempt from the world’s two largest economies to contain an economic struggle. According to the deal, the Trump administration aspires to address American concerns over Chinese trade abuses.

Watch: US, Russia blame each other for nearly colliding

According to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, on Thursday 9 January a Russian Navy ship said to “aggressively” approach a US Navy destroyer vessel, while it was doing its daily operations in the Arabian Sea. As CNN reported, the Russian vessel kept ignoring the warnings from the US destroyer, increasing the risk of collision.

Watch: Crew repairs Bonneville locks

The US Army Corps of Engineers have temporarily shut down commercial access to the Upper California and Snake River, as they are repairing the Bonneville Dam navigation lock on the Columbia river. The lock is expected to commence operations on September 30, after its construction is complete. 

Watch: Exxon Mobil plant on fire

Sources report that about 66 people suffered minor injuries when the fire broke out on July 31, at a massive ExxonMobil plant in Texas. Allegedly, the fire broke out at a polypropylene recovery unit where plastic is purified for production.

Watch: How inland waterways support US shippers

As part of its effort to help educate audiences about the inland waterways’ contribution to US economy, the Waterways Council released a series of short videos to inform of how these waterways support national freight shippers, agriculture, the labor community, the Corps of Engineers, and building communities.