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Texting on water prompts discussion for legislation

Water taxi and ferry transportation has dramatically risen in popularity among commuters. The appeal of a calmer, less congested and more aesthetically pleasing route has many choosing this alternative over the typical high-pollutant, high-traffic and seemingly safer ground transportation system. But does less traffic mean all is well on the waterways? Not exactly. Recently, a


Barge collides with Old Mississippi Bridge

  A tow travelling down the Mississippi River Thursday came to halt after one of its front barges collided with the Old Highway 80 Bridge. The tow, at the time, consisted of 30 barges carrying grain. The collision caused five barges to break free. One of them was crushed by the bridge causing it to ultimately


Worker Crushed at Port of Houston

Investigators have determined the cause of death of a worker who was killed at the Port of Houston last month. The longshoreman, identified as ILA Local 24 member Francisco Montoya, was working on the Grebe Bulker during cargo operations when a crane lifting six bundles of steel pipes caused an adjacent stack of two bundles to


40 Offshore Platforms get Surprise Inspection

Last week, the Interior Department conducted surprise inspections on about 40 offshore platforms and drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. More than 50 inspectors were sent to examine giant cranes used in oil and gas operations to transport workers and supplies from the Gulf to the decks of platforms. Ryan Zinke, the Interior Secretary,


Two Missing after Tugboat Sinks on the Mississippi

One person has been rescued and two others are still missing after a tugboat capsized on the Mississippi River Monday morning. The Natalie Jean was towing a barge carrying around 600 gallons of fuel before it sank. The Lower Mississippi River is currently closed from mile marker 89 to 90.5, in the Algiers Point area. The


Four crew members missing after cargo ship fire

  A 353-meter MV Maersk Honam caught fire this past Tuesday on one of its cargo holds. Four of the members aboard the container ship are missing. 23 crew members were able to evacuate to a nearby container ship- the ALS Ceres. The ship was already carrying 7860 containers. The vessel has been on fire


Oil and gas worker killed on platform in Gulf of Mexico

An oil and gas worker was killed last Saturday while working on a Talos Energy Platform in the Gulf of Mexico, just 64 miles south of Lake Charles, LA.  The worker, who has not yet been identified was removing fire suppression equipment that was reportedly out-of-service at the time of the incident. The injuries and


One dead, one missing in Gulf of Mexico barge fire

  Photo courtesy by U.S. Coast Guard One person has died and another is still missing after a barge owned and operated by Bouchard Transportation exploded three miles off the coast of Port Aransas Friday morning. The oil barge was being pulled by a tugboat, also owned by Bouchard, en route to a refinery in


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