resolutions below represent statements of position on priority items for the Gulf
Intracoastal Canal Association and commend the efforts of individuals who have
contributed by extraordinary measure to the organization. They are updated each
year, and approved by membership at the annual convention.
Association recognizes the continued efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and its own industry members who continue to manage, maintain
and navigate our waterway despite significant challenges posed by storms, various
water conditions, aging infrastructure and budget realities. Recognizing the
importance of waterways transportation, decision makers continue to carefully
consider professional marinersí inputs as they craft safety requirements, direct
barge traffic safely through shallow waters and direct dredging activities to
improve safety and the flow of commerce.
Association remains concerned with the slow pace of implementation of the Water
Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA). Adequate implementation of WRRDA
and proper federal will help to ensure reliable and predictable operations on
the GIWW. funding The Association will work in concert with national waterways
organizations to continue to urge implementation of WRRDA provisions,
especially focusing on those affecting the GIWW.
Association continues to endorse ongoing efforts to enact a funding mechanism
for the Capital Investment Strategy and applauds the efforts of lawmakers who
are supporting this initiative to provide for recapitalization of inland
Association applauds the Texas Department of Transportationís (TXDoT) efforts
to improve reliability of the GIWW in Texas. Focusing on choke points to clear traffic
backlogs is the right approach. TXDoTís commitment to accelerate and partner
with USACE on studies for the replacement or redesign of the Brazos River
Floodgates and Colorado Locks is strongly endorsed by the Association. The
Association continues to stand ready to assist and support these forward
leaning efforts by TXDoT and USACE.
Association again affirms its support for Gulf statesí efforts and plans to
restore and protect the coast and looks forward to continued participation in
state led working groups planning and executing restoration projects. The
Association is pleased to assist and provide input regarding impacts these
projects may have on the inland navigation industry. Not only is a resilient
coastline vital for the safety and health of coastal communities, but the very
existence of the GIWW is reliant on the protection that the coast affords. The
value of our waterway cannot be overstated and its protection should be a
shared goal of states working to restore and protect our coastline from further erosion
Association appreciates the work of the USACE, NOAA and US Coast Guard to
develop and alternate GIWW route via the Chandeleur Sound during the current IHNC
Lock closure for gate replacement. The use of this surveyed, and marked,
waterway between the Mississippi River and the GIWW at Gulfport, MS will enable
commerce to continue to flow east and west via an economical, safe and
the Alternate Route provides a short term, weather dependent solution to
transit during the IHNC Lock closure,the Association urges USACE New Orleans
District to carefully and efficiently manage repair contracts for the IHNC Lock
project to ensure completion as soon as possible. The IHNC Lock continues to
represent a critical lynch pin and potential choke point for Gulf Coast
Association reaffirms its responsibility to its members to return a significant
service and value for the membership dues and support that members provide. The
Association continues to forward to provide its members and the general public
a useful and vibrant website and will redouble its efforts to identify areas
where members expect, or desire, improved value for their membership. Further,
the Association is embarking on a strategic planning effort to assure that
membersí continue to receive an appropriate return on their investment in the
Association affirms its continued support for the partnership that GICA
continues to foster relative to Intracoastal Waterway management issues,
including its lead role in partnering with the US Coast Guard, NOAA and the Corps
of Engineers with regard to hurricane and other emergency response needs of
shallow draft navigation interests on the Gulf Coast.
Association would like to recognize and thank Seamenís Church Institute for providing
volunteers to assist in administering and conducting our 111th
Association expresses its sincere appreciation to our 32 111th Annual Seminar sponsors. Without their support
for our Seminar, and our year-round Association activities, our waterway would
not be as safe, efficient and effective as it is.
American Commercial Barge Lines
Calhoun Navigation District, Port of Port
Lavaca - Point Comfort
Canal Barge Company, Inc.
Higman Barge Lines, Inc.
Ingram Barge Company
Port of New Orleans
Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.
∑ CITGO Petroleum
EMR Ė Southern Recycling
Enterprise Marine Service, Inc.
Florida Marine Transport
Golding Barge Line
Harbor Towing & Fleeting, LLC
Magnolia Marine Transport Co.
∑ Martin Energy
McDonough Marine Service
Port of Bay City
∑ Southern Towing
∑ T&T Marine
∑ Daleís Welding and
∑ Pine Bluff Sand &
∑ Port of Victoria
∑ Springfield Marine
∑ Waterways Council,
Gulf South Marine Transportation, Inc.
Integrity Terminal & Marine Services, LLC
Port of Corpus Christi
∑ Westside Calhoun
County Navigation District
∑ Brand Junkie - Tim
∑ Turns Service, LLC
∑ Professional Mariner
∑ Seamenís Church