The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday afternoon (March 19) suspended its search for a tow boat captain missing since his vessel capsized in the lower Mississippi River.The Coast Guard announced the end of the search for the captain, identified as David Mills, in a news release issued shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. "The decision to suspend a search is never easy," Cmdr. Michael Wolfe, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, said in the release. "We saturated the search area with search crews but, unfortunately, were unable to locate the missing person.”Mills and two others were aboard the M/V Seattle Slew when the vessel, which was pushing an empty barge, began tilting right and taking on water around 8 p.m. Monday. The tow boat eventually capsized near the river’s mile marker 55, north of Pointe à la Hache in Plaquemines Parish. Tow boat captain still missing 20 hours after vessel capsized Two people were rescued, but the boat's captain, … [Read more...] about Coast Guard suspends search for tow boat captain missing in the Mississippi River
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If an Army Corps of Engineers plan to deepen the Mississippi River channel to Baton Rouge moves forward, as appears likely, a variety of industries along the river will undoubtedly benefit. The goal of the $237.7 million project is to increase channel depths to 50 feet, up from 45 feet, enabling owners to load existing ships to capacity—instead of periodically “short loading” them—while also allowing larger vessels to traverse the waterway. The plan passed a major bureaucratic hurdle this summer when Corps Senior Civil Engineer James Dalton recommended approval, saying in a press release that the deepening project is “economically justified and environmentally sustainable.” Dredging the channel would make ports along the river the first on the Gulf Coast to reach the same depth as the Panama Canal, paving the way for new Panamax vessels to reach Baton Rouge. The vessels, which require a draft depth of 49.9 feet, would have clear sailing the entire … [Read more...] about A plan to deepen the Mississippi River channel to Baton Rouge will—if it happens—undoubtedly benefit local industry
Where have you gone, Andrew Higgins? Algiers ferry riders turn their lonely eyes to you.Andrew Jackson Higgins, you may recall, is the man Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower credited with winning World War II for the Allied Forces by designing, building and constructing thousands of vessels for the effort from his New Orleans plants. That includes the legendary “Higgins boat,” an amphibious landing craft that allowed U.S. forces to storm the beaches at Normandy on D-Day in 1944.“To put Higgins’s accomplishment in perspective,” historian Douglas Brinkley wrote in American Heritage magazine, “consider this: By September 1943, 12,964 of the American Navy’s 14,072 vessels had been designed by Higgins Industries. Put another way, 92 percent of the U.S. Navy was a Higgins navy.”By contrast, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority’s plans to put two new boats in service for the Canal Street-Algiers Point ferry crossing is now at least six months … [Read more...] about We put troops on the beaches on D-Day. Why can’t we get ferries to cross the Mississippi River?
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Mississippi River closed to vessel traffic north of St. Louis on Wednesday after barges carrying loads of corn broke free from one another and struck a river lock, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. The accident took place at Lock and Dam 25 near Winfield, Missouri, and involved a vessel towing 12 barges south on the river, said Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Scott Ross. “It’s a slowdown,” he said. “Commerce can’t go north or south.” The Mississippi River and its tributaries are a key pipeline for moving grain from Midwest farms south to export terminals along the Gulf Coast, where about 60 percent of U.S. grain and soybean exports exit the country. The closure at Lock 25 sent spot barge freight rates sharply higher on Midwest rivers, barge brokers said. Spot barges on the Mississippi River at St. Louis jumped 35 points of tariff, while rates at Davenport, Iowa, north of the closure, jumped 85 points. Workers were … [Read more...] about Mississippi River traffic halts north of St. Louis: Army Corps
Brian Broom Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 3:28 p.m. UTC Sep 3, 2018 Fueled by a love of the outdoors and and a desire to preserve it, a Mississippi man is on a solo trip paddling the length of the Mississippi River. "I guess it would be fair to call me an adventurer, at least that's how it all began as a young man," said Matt Briggs of Jackson. "I did not have any male friends living near me when I was young. "The fence in our backyard marked the city limits line and woods and old fields lay beyond. I spent most all of my free time exploring the woods and creeks. I would follow a creek for miles and miles just to see what lay beyond the next bend or over the hill. Later my parents put me into Boy Scouts and always found a way to pay for extended hiking, canoeing and camping trips in other parts of the country." Two years ago that spirit of adventure drove him to hike 2,189 miles on the Appalachian Trail, but even before he finished his seven-month hike, he … [Read more...] about 2,320 miles: Mississippi man paddles Mississippi River