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Resolutions: 2017-2018

 

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 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. 

Resolution III

The Association applauds the Texas Department of Transportationís (TXDoT) continued efforts to improve reliability of the GIWW in Texas. Focusing on choke points to clear traffic backlogs remains right approach. TXDoTís 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.

Resolution IV

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 V

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 yearís 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 partnersí 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.

Resolution VI

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 membersí continue to receive an appropriate return on their investment in the Association.  

Resolution VII

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 VIII

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.

Resolution IX

The Association would like to recognize and thank Seamenís Church Institute for providing volunteers to assist in administering and conducting our 112th Annual Seminar. 

Resolution X 

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.

SPONSORS: 

PLATINUM

       American Commercial Barge Lines

       Calhoun Navigation District, Port of Port Lavaca - Point Comfort

       Canal Barge Company, Inc.

       Kirby Corporation

 GOLD

       Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service

       Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.

       CITGO Petroleum Corporation

       EMR Ė 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.

 SILVER

       MARSH Global Marine Practice USA, Inc.

       Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company

       Waterways Council, Inc.

BRONZE

       Daleís Welding and Fabricators

       Springfield Marine Company

       Wartsila Seals and Bearings
GOLF

       ES&H

       Turn Services, LLC

 

    IN KIND

       Seamenís Church Institute


   

 

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