The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed the U.S. Coast Guard’s publication of the rule to establish an inspection regime for towing vessels at 46 CFR Subchapter M, which will take safety in the towing industry to a new and historic level.
During the AWO Spring Convention, members elected a new slate of leaders, choosing James F. Farley, Corporate Vice President - Industry Relations, Kirby Corporation as Chairman, and Edward J. "Ted" Tregurtha, President of Moran Towing Corporation as Vice President. Read more.
In more than 200 meetings, AWO members urged Congress to support the Jones Act, to maintain investments in infrastructure and to support passage of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act. Read the full details here.
In testimony before the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti urged the lawmakers not to allow the Jones Act to be weakened by legislation arising in other committees.