Cline company expanding barge fleeting at Indiana coal dock

SITran LLC, a Chris Cline company formed a few years ago to build a rail-to-barge transloading dock on the Ohio River, is seeking a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expand the facility’s barge fleeting area.

The Corps office in Louisville, Ky., will be taking public comment on the permit application until July 12. The facility is located in Posey County, Ind., at Ohio River mile 818-819.

“The current permit (LRL-2009-1210-a-mad) authorizes a fleeting area on the right bank of the Ohio River at Mile 818-819 in Indiana immediately downstream of the West Franklin Coal Transfer Facility,” the Corps said in a public notice. “The fleeting area is currently permitted to hold a maximum of 45 barges along approximately 3,325 linear feet on the right bank of the Ohio River. Barges are held in three separate fleets each with a maximum capacity of 15 barges per fleet held in a 3 wide by 5 long configuration. The maximum riverward projection of the current fleeting area at normal pool is 165 feet.”

Mooring for the fleeting area is achieved by 13 deadman structures. These deadman structures provide landward anchors for floating tie-in structures to anchor the barges in the fleeting area. Each fleet is moored by a total of four deadman structures. The fleeting facility operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

The modification proposes to expand the extent of the fleeting area riverward, while the upstream and downstream extents of the fleeting area remain unchanged. It would require the construction of an additional H-pile deadman anchor structure along each of the three existing barge fleeting groups, for a total of three structures to be constructed. The new deadman structures will be located approximately 34 feet from the top of the river bank. The new deadmen structures would provide landward anchors for the floating tie-in structures to anchor the barges in the fleeting area, and will allow the expansion of each barge fleeting group from 15 barges to 30 barges. Each three barge fleeting group would be arranged in a 6 wide by 5 long configuration for a total maximum of 90 barges in the fleeting area.

Cline has in recent years developed a handful of large underground coal mines in southern Illinois and uses the SITran facility to get some of that coal production onto the river market.

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