Morrow Pacific, Tidewater ink coal transport agreement

American Energy Corp.

As discussions over proposed coal facilities in the Northwest continue, the group working to add those services to the Port of Morrow has lined up a transportation partner.

The Morrow Pacific project has signed a letter of intent with Vancouver, Wash-based Tidewater Barge Lines to provide tug and barge transportation service on the Columbia River.

“The Morrow Pacific project is committed to doing business the Oregon way, taking every necessary precaution to protect our environment and working with local companies to strengthen our economy,” said Clark Moseley, CEO of the Morrow Pacific project, in a release. “We are confident in Tidewater’s expertise, and look forward to working with them in the coming months.”

Tidewater said it would add approximately 50 vessel, maintenance and administrative employees to its workforce to operate the tugs and barges during the initial stages of Morrow Pacific operations.

“Our focus is, and always has been, on safety and protecting the environment and the communities we serve,” said Bob Curcio, Tidewater’s CEO and president. “For more than 80 years, Tidewater has safely, cleanly and efficiently moved commodities such as grain, petroleum and forest products on the Columbia River.”

The project is currently seeking permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of State Lands and Department of Environmental Quality. Morrow Pacific’s team believes it will be operational by 2015.

Tidewater employs 230-plus employees in Oregon and Washington. It operates along the 465-mile long Columbia and Snake river systems.

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