Friday, October 9, 2015

M/V J.S. Lewis passes Huntington

A guy who works for Amherst Madison got ahold of me to let me know the boat was in my area.

I was first able to catch it at the boat ramp at the mouth of the Guyandotte River.

Then I went up the Ohio side to old Lock and Dam 52, but right before the Lewis came around the bend, a really heavy rain fell.

You win some, you lose some. As I told several people today, when life hands you lemons, throw them back as hard as you can. Those things hurt.

More photos of the Lewis are on my Flickr photostream.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Environmental news roundup, 10/8/2015

There's been some environmental news related to the Ohio River the past couple of days, so lets' get started.

FirstEnergy has received approval from Pennsylvania regulators to ship coal ash by barge from a power plant on the Ohio River to a disposal site on the Mon.

The Great Ohio River swim has been canceled because of the algae problem.

An Ohio woman has been awarded $1.6 million by an Ohio jury that says a chemical discharged into the Ohio River by a DuPont factory in West Virginia caused her kidney cancer.

And the New York Times has issued a correction on an article linked here several days ago about the algae outbreak.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A big old Asian carp caught at R.C. Byrd

You know those Asian carp that wildlife biologists are afraid will cause problems in the Ohio River. A big one was found at the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

M/V AEP Leader

Seen today passing Huntington.

The next time I see it, will it have this paint scheme and name? Stay tuned.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Christening of the M/V Findlay, part 4

Final batch.

Christening of the M/V Finday, part 3

Third batch.

Next (and final) batch at 12:30 p.m.

Christening of the M/V Findlay, part 2

Second batch.

Next batch, 11:30 a.m.

Christening of the M/V Findlay, part 1

Here are some photos from the christening ceremony of the Marathon towboat Findlay on Sept. 3. It was a hot, dry, sunny day -- one that I wish we could have today, but that is not to be.

There are so many pictures that I'm spreading them over several entries. There were a couple of cute kids there, but I don't usually post recognizable pictures of other people's kids anymore without a parent's permission. Too many things can go wrong.

So here is the first batch of pictures.

Next batch at 11 a.m.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Number One

The blog post earlier today listing the dozen boats AEP will keep after selling its other river assets to ACBL was pretty popular. In terms of views, it was the most popular post in the history of the Ohio River Blog. The whole blog got more traffic in one day than it did in the entire month of January. And it did that without the help of people in Russia, Ukraine and other places that find it for reasons nice or nefarious.

So thanks to all who checked it out. May you come back from time to time to see what else is on here.

The 12 boats AEP is keeping are ... (Updated)

Gale R. Rhodes
Norman L. Snodgrass
Capt. Gerald Boggs
Capt. James Anderson
AEP Future
AEP Legacy
AEP Mariner
Chuck Zebula
Hoosier State
Mountain State
Dan Elder

That means it's keeping seven of the ten new 6,000-hp boats it has put on the river since 2008 and it is selling the Buckeye State, the AEP Leader and the Mike Weisend to ACBL.

It also means AEP is selling all but one of the 2,8-hp 2,800-hp boats it uses on the upper Ohio, mostly north of Point Pleasant WV.

The fact AEP is keeping the Hoosier State will please my youngest, Adam, who as a 10-year-old got to steer the Hoosier State lightboat following its christening ceremony back in May 2010.



If I read the list correctly there won't be much left of the AEP fleet that I started following in the late 1970s. In the middle part of that decade, AEP bought about a dozen boats, half from Dravo and half from St. Louis Ship, to move coal up and down the river from its terminal at Metropolis IL. AEP had planned to burn a lot of western coal or Illinois Basin coal, but things changed and those boats tended to spend a lot of time tied up at Lakin.

After the sale, all those Dravo boats will be gone and only two St. Louis Ship boats will remain in the AEP fleet.