shipping http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Local tugboats to run cleaner with help of federal grant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-tugboats-run-cleaner-help-federal-grant <p>Some Mississippi River tugboats will be getting an upgrade thanks to a federal grant aimed at reducing air pollution.</p><p>The more than $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will go toward new, cleaner-burning diesel engines for the tugboats.</p><p>One of those boats was on view this morning at <a href="http://www.jbmarineco.com/history.htm">JB Marine Service, Inc.</a>, the barge cleaning and repair company that received the EPA grant.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:46:52 +0000 VĂ©ronique LaCapra 3945 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local tugboats to run cleaner with help of federal grant Bill would ease rules on radioactive shipments through Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-would-ease-rules-radioactive-shipments-through-mo <p>Legislation before the Missouri House&nbsp;would make it easier and cheaper for a Canadian company to ship&nbsp;radioactive material through the state.</p><p>If the bill becomes law, Ontario-based Nordion Inc. would not have to pay fees or have shipments of colbat-60 undergo mandatory&nbsp;inspections in Missouri. The company sells colbat-60 for use&nbsp;sterilizing medical devices.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/JDaywV ">Kansas City Star reports</a> the&nbsp;amendment was written by a trade group for Nordion.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:05:45 +0000 The Associated Press 3558 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill would ease rules on radioactive shipments through Mo. Panama Canal expansion could increase shipping traffic on Mo. waterways http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/panama-canal-expansion-could-increase-shipping-traffic-mo-waterways <p><em>Reporting from KRCU&#39;s <span class="st">Jacob McCleland used in this report.</span></em></p><p>Missouri Department of Transportation officials anticipate the <a href="http://www.pancanal.com/eng/expansion/">Panama Canal Expansion Project</a> will bring more shipping traffic to Missouri&rsquo;s waterways.</p><p>Freight development administrator Ernie Perry says there won&rsquo;t be a sudden boost in river traffic, but the larger canal will make river shipping more feasible.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:16:41 +0000 KRCU 1900 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Panama Canal expansion could increase shipping traffic on Mo. waterways Missouri River flooding hurts barge industry http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-river-flooding-hurts-barge-industry <p>After years of drought, barge operators along the Missouri River got more rain than they had hoped for this year.</p><p>The industry had grown optimistic when rising river levels appeared to promise an increase in barge traffic this year. The Missouri Department of Transportation even projected a 15 percent to 20 percent increase.</p><p>But then the rains started, causing flooding along the 675-mile stretch from Sioux City, Iowa, to St. Louis. That prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to close the river between Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota and Glasgow, Mo.</p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:13:18 +0000 The Associated Press 1721 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri River flooding hurts barge industry