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Drought Lingers

Drought conditions in the Southeast continue, especially for northern Georgia, northern Alabama, southeastern Tennessee, and the western parts of South and North Carolina.  The Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service sees drought conditions persisting over a large part of that area through December with some relief around the edges as winter sets in.  [...]

2016-10-13T14:02:20+00:00 October 13th, 2016|

Not enough containers to fill ocean shipping capacity

"Too many ships and not enough demand" captured the point of an article on this week.  Referring to the bankruptcy filing earlier this month by the Hanjin Shipping Co., one of the world's largest shipping companies,  Jimmy Lyons, CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority, said: "But for us as a port, that's really not germane because the [...]

2017-01-24T12:21:05+00:00 September 28th, 2016|

Crowded waterways pose safety risks

Alabama has a wealth of waterways on which both commercial and recreational vessels are free to operate.  The September 13 edition of Workboat magazine features an article by columnist Captain Alan Bernstein about water safety when those mariners are in the same vicinity.  Click here for the article. An incident on the Hudson River last Tuesday evening highlighted [...]

2017-01-24T12:21:17+00:00 September 14th, 2016|

The Alabama Sturgeon – does it still exist?

The University of West Florida has posted a YouTube video claiming to have found DNA from the Alabama sturgeon in the waters of the Alabama River.  Using a technique called E-DNA, a team of biologists and researchers say enough evidence has been found that an effort is underway to catch enough of the elusive fish to breed through the [...]

2017-01-24T12:21:28+00:00 August 17th, 2016|

A New Way to Collect Fuel Tax?

(An aerial photograph of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) sector gate and barge gate opening at the IHNC Surge Barrier. The GIWW is among the waterways on which vessel operators are required to pay fuel tax. USACE photo.) is a free online resource for commercial marine professionals, providing access to the latest news and information [...]

2016-08-12T10:50:42+00:00 August 12th, 2016|

PACE Blog: Brexit presents economic opportunity for U.S. wood energy exports

Alabama's forestry industry is a major economic asset for the state and fast coming to the forefront is the export of wood energy products, such as wood pellets, which are derived from low-grade wood fiber byproducts like sawdust or other mill residue as well as the thinning of fast-growing trees within managed forests.  These pellets [...]

2017-01-23T10:21:10+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|

Port of Greater Baton Rouge Using Containers on Barge

Containers on Barge (COB) has been long touted as one of the ways movement of goods on our inland waterways can be made efficient, safely, and environmentally friendly.  Read this article from the Inland Rives Ports and Terminals on how the Port of Greater Baton Rouge has instituted a service in which empty containers are accepted [...]

2017-01-23T10:21:10+00:00 July 29th, 2016|

Waterways have excess capacity to move cargo

A July 23 article from the The Vicksburg Post describes how the the nation is not using the capacity available on our inland waterways to move freight, and, as a result we are not seizing an opportunity to reduce the ever-increasing congestion on our roads and railways.  The article naturally focuses on the main stem channels of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, [...]

2017-01-24T12:21:41+00:00 July 25th, 2016|

Enjoy Alabama’s State Parks This Summer

Image above is the Logo of ADCNR Newsletter - July 2016 Alabama's State Parks system has seen its ups and downs over the past few years, but the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is making a major effort to modernize the facilities and bring out the natural beauty of these sites.   We as citizens [...]

2016-07-15T15:41:04+00:00 July 15th, 2016|

German Auto Supplier to invest $37.9 million and create 235 jobs in Montgomery

Officials break ground on new auto supplier plant   (Image: Alabama News Center) The following article taken from Yellowhammer News announces a German auto supplier has broken ground in Montgomery's Industrial Park on an investment of $37.9 million, promising 235 jobs.  The plant is the first North American facility for  Gerhardi Kuntstofftechnik, headquartered in Ludenscheid, Germany, and will produce radiator grilles, handles, [...]

2017-01-23T10:21:10+00:00 July 13th, 2016|