Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer Overheats Burns at Sea

The Spanish Maritime Search and Rescue Society shows just what can happen when 50,000 tons of ammonium nitrate overheats during transit.

The cargo in all five of the ship’s cargo holds burned for two straight weeks in August 2017 until there was no more fertilizer to burn.

The MV Cheshire’s crew abandoned ship a few days into the slow-burning fire. Salvors were able to keep the vessel away from shore but couldn’t board the ship due to the toxic smoke.

Fertilizer Fire

Columbia Snake River Grain Export Gateway

Each year approximately 44 million tons of cargo valued at approximately $24 billion moves through the deep draft Lower Columbia River, according to the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA).

“The Columbia Snake River System is the nation’s largest wheat export gateway. When combined with soybeans, corn, pulses and other grains, it is the third largest grain export gateway in the world. It is number one on the west coast for forest products and mineral bulk exports,” notes the PNWA.

The Mouth of the Columbia River jetty repair and rehabilitation project underway with J.E. McAmis, a heavy-civil, marine and environmental contractor, is critical.


Kirby Closes on Stewart & Stevenson

Kirby’s $756.5 million acquisition of Stewart & Stevenson closed on September 13, 2017.

Kirby operates the largest inland and offshore tank barge fleets in the United States.  The fleet includes almost 900 inland tank barges, 230 inland towboats, 70 coastal tank barges and 75 coastal towboats.

Stewart & Stevenson enables Kirby to broaden and deepen the offerings of Kirby’s diesel engine services unit for the oil and gas, marine, construction, power generation, mining, transportation and agricultural industries.  FY16 revenues for the diesel engine services unit were $299 million or 17% of operating revenues.