Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Corps of Engineers invites public aboard the largest diesel towboat on the Mississippi River

The MV Mississippi, the largest diesel towboat operating
on the Mississippi River.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District offers the public two opportunities to tour the largest diesel towboat operating on the Mississippi River. Tours are offered to the public at no cost.
Public open houses aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI will take place:

• Friday, Aug. 14 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. along the riverfront in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
• Saturday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. along the riverfront in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The M/V Mississippi, which will host the Mississippi River Commission’s annual low-water inspection trip and associated public hearing Aug. 14 at City Riverfront in Cape Girardeau, Mo., is 241-feet long and 58-feet wide. The 6,300 horsepower vessel serves as a working towboat 90 percent of the time.

Also a passenger boat, the vessel houses 22 staterooms, a dining room that seats 85 and a conference room that seats 115 people. The MRC flagship can accommodate 150 passengers.

The vessel’s primary mission is to move barges in support of bank stabilization work on the lower Mississippi River. Each spring and late summer, the MRC conducts a series of public meetings aboard the vessel.

The MRC, established in 1879, uses the M/V Mississippi to host public hearings, a process unique to the Mississippi River Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, that allow the public a greater voice in shaping federal policy by discussing their concerns with those individuals responsible for improving the condition of the river, fostering navigation, promoting commerce, and reducing flood risk along the watershed.

For additional information about the M/V Mississippi or the Mississippi River Commission, visit the Mississippi Valley Division’s website: For more information on the public hearings, visit the 2015 St. Louis District MRC page.

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