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Resolutions: 2016-2017

 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.

  Resolution I

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 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.

 Resolution II

The 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.

 Resolution III

The 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 waterways infrastructure. 

Resolution IV

The 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.

Resolution V

The 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 and damage.

Resolution VI

The 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 efficient route.

 Resolution VII

Although 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 commerce 

Resolution VIII

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 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.  

 Resolution IX

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. 

Resolution XI

The Association would like to recognize and thank Seamenís Church Institute for providing volunteers to assist in administering and conducting our 111th Annual Seminar.

Resolution XII

The 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.

SPONSORS:

                PLATINUM

       American Commercial Barge Lines

       Calhoun Navigation District, Port of Port Lavaca - Point Comfort

       Canal Barge Company, Inc.

       Higman Barge Lines, Inc.

       Ingram Barge Company

       Kirby Corporation

       Port of New Orleans

GOLD

       Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.

       CITGO Petroleum Corporation

       EMR Ė Southern Recycling

       Enterprise Marine Service, Inc.

       Florida Marine Transport

       Golding Barge Line

       Harbor Towing & Fleeting, LLC

       Houston Pilots

       Magnolia Marine Transport Co.

       Martin Energy Services

       McDonough Marine Service

       Port of Bay City

       Southern Towing Company

       T&T Marine Salvage, Inc.

         SILVER

       Accutrans, Inc.

       Daleís Welding and Fabricators

       Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company

       Port of Victoria

       Springfield Marine Company

       Waterways Council, Inc.

               BRONZE

       Gulf South Marine Transportation, Inc.

       Integrity Terminal & Marine Services, LLC

       Port of Corpus Christi

       Westside Calhoun County Navigation District

               GOLF

       Brand Junkie - Tim Baudier

       ES&H

       Turns Service, LLC

    IN KIND

       Professional Mariner Magazine

       Seamenís Church Institute


   

 

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