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December 14, 2016

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe


It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Awards for 2016 are presented to George Malec, retired VP of Business Development of the Halifax Port Authority and Veteran of the Canadian Navy, and Capt. Thomas Bushy, Master Mariner and retiring VP of Marine Operations for Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Both of the gentlemen are well known in the industry and have been very supportive of the IAMPE. They both had outstanding careers and we are pleased to make this award in recognition of their life’s work and achievements. We wish them all the very best and look forward to their continued association with the IAMPE.


Tonnage Reporting on the Inland Rivers is a key issue with tracking of tonnage movements and Federal support for the system. The major question all around is 'Who should be reporting'. Is it the terminal operator, barge line or cargo owner? All have an interest in keeping rivers open for commercial transportation but the definition of "owners, agents, master and clerks" seem to be the detriment of the understanding.

For example;

Owners of Cargo - In the case of agriculture co-ops; there are multiple "owners" of the cargo. Who is doing the reporting. When we explore the container on barge and use the ENG 3825C form, I just can't see Walmart filing these reports or even having the knowledge of what's needed. In that case, we would depend on the terminal operator - but as you will find below, that's not mandatory.

Terminal operators - Terminal operators have the option to voluntary submit tonnage numbers using ENG3926; but this is not required. Most of them are not interested in the additional work if it isn't mandatory. There is a mixture of private terminals and self-operated public docks who load cargo for river transport. In the majority of the cases, the cargo that the terminal is handling is not owned by them.

The simple answer is that the owner of the vessel is ultimately responsible for reporting cargo movements. They can, and usually do, delegate reporting to the operator of the vessel. This is what we discussed at the IRPT meeting in May; though I did hear from at least one person that "owners don't delegate reporting requirements to operators. If you do not own or operate vessels you are not required to report and cannot be fined.

The Code of Federal regulations (33 CFR Part 207 based on 33 U.S.C 555) has a few examples of situations to show who would report in the following examples: 1.) Lease/Charter arrangement, 2.) Interline Movement, 3.)Vessel Swap/Trade, 4.)Re-Consignment, and 5.) Fleeting. The bottom line is that the person or entity receiving remuneration for the movement of vessels or for the transportation of goods or passengers on the navigable waters is responsible for assuring that the report is timely filed.

Port and dock operators can voluntarily give us dock receipts which will help us track down cargo shipments to their dock that did not get reported.

For vessels under lease/charter agreements, the lessee or charterer of any commercial vessel engaged in commercial transportation will be responsible for the filing of the reports until the lease/charter expires.

The vessel owner, or his designated agent, is always the responsible party for ensuring that all commercial activity of the vessel is timely reported.

There is a $5,000 fine for not reporting your tonnage to the Institute for Water Resources. Owners, agents, master, and clerks of vessels and other craft plying upon the navigable waters of the United States, and all individuals and corporations engaged in transporting their own goods upon the navigable waters of the United States shall furnish such statements relative to vessels, passengers, freight, and tonnage as may be required by the Secretary of the Army. All information and data sent... is required to be held in confidence and will not be released outside of the federal government in order to maintain the confidentiality of proprietary information. Failure to provide statements required are subject to the following penalties:

  • For each and every offense, a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two months.

  • A civil penalty of up to $2,500 per violation.

  • Denial of passage through locks and canals.

If you are still unsure whether you should be reporting, you can contact the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center at (504) 862-1414, or

Aimee Andres, Executive Director, Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, Inc.

One Confluence Way, East Alton, IL 62024, Phone (618) 468-3010,


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Our very best wishes for the Holy-Days, Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah, and all the very best in 2017.

Capt. Jeffrey W. Monroe, MM, MTM, AMPE Director: Education, Standards and Training Programs International Association of Maritime and Port Executives 11 Katahdin Road. Portland, ME 04107-2828 USA Phone: (207) 741-7000, Cell: (207) 615-7989

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