The 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.
The 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 mariners’ 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.
The Association continues to endorse ongoing efforts to enact full funding for the Capital Investment Strategy and applauds the efforts of lawmakers who are supporting this initiative to provide for recapitalization of inland waterways infrastructure.
The Association applauds the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TXDoT) continued efforts to improve reliability of the GIWW in Texas. Focusing on choke points to clear traffic backlogs remains the right approach. TXDoT’s partnering 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.
The Association again affirms its support for Gulf states’ 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 and damage.
The Association appreciates the work of the USACE, NOAA, and U.S. Coast Guard to develop and alternate GIWW route via the Chandeleur Sound during last year’s IHNC Lock closure for gate replacement. Safe operations on this surveyed and marked waterway between the Mississippi River and the GIWW at Gulfport, MS was in large part due to our partners’ efforts, but ultimately resulted from our GICA mariners efforts to navigate offshore waters in a responsible manner. The Association resolves to strongly advocate for the replacement of the IHNC Lock.
The 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 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 members’ continue to receive an appropriate return on their investment in the Association.
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.
The Association affirms its support for sister waterways, associations, and organizations focused on the inland waterways industry. GICA recognizes the value of a unified voice in working with these partners on waterways, towboat, and maritime issues. GICA stands with associations such as the Waterways Council, Inc., American Waterways Operators, Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority, Warrior Tombigbee Waterway Association, Texas Waterways Operators Association, Louisiana Association of Waterway Operators and Shipyards, Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association, and others working toward the common goal of efficient, safe, and economical U.S. inland waterborne commerce.
The Association would like to recognize and thank Seamen’s Church Institute for providing volunteers to assist in administering and conducting our 112th Annual Seminar.
The Association expresses its sincere appreciation to our 25 112th 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.
- Kirby Corporation
- Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service
- Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.
- CITGO Petroleum Corporation
- EMR – Southern Recycling
- Florida Marine Transport
- Golding Barge Line
- Ingram Barge Company
- Integrity Terminal and Marine Service, LLC
- Houston Pilots
- Magnolia Marine Transport Co.
- Martin Energy Services
- McDonough Marine Service
- Port of Bay City
- Port of Corpus Christi
- T&T Marine Salvage, Inc.
- MARSH Global Marine Practice USA, Inc.
- Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company
- Waterways Council, Inc.
- Dale’s Welding and Fabricators
- Springfield Marine Company
- Wartsila Seals and Bearings
- Turn Services, LLC
- Seamen’s Church Institute