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Improving Cargo Transport by Water is Aim of New DOT Grants

Friday, October 28, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Transportation announced Oct. 26 $4.85 million in grants to six projects under the Marine Highway Program, which aims to expand the use of navigable waterways to relieve landside congestion, reduce air emissions, and generate other public benefits. 

- $1.76 million for a regularly scheduled container-on-barge service designed to collect empty containers in Memphis, Tenn., and transport them to Baton Rouge, La., to meet customer demand for chemical industry exports. This operation will commence with five barges per week.

- $713,000 for an 18-month demonstration project to provide shuttle service for agricultural customers moving containerized exports between southern and northern Illinois to access the Union Pacific and BNSF rail ramps, with an option to extend container-on-barge service to Gulf of Mexico ports in concert with related marine highway designation. 

- $476,748 to expand an existing container-on-barge service that operates along the James River between Hampton Roads and Richmond, Va., to include moving refrigerated and frozen products. 

- $1.6 million that will be used to purchase infrastructure to support improvements to an existing barge service between Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Red Hook Barge Terminal in Newark, N.J., and create a crane operator training center that will improve both safety and container throughput. 

- $96,000 to support planning efforts focused on the development of containerized shipping along the Mississippi River between New Orleans, Minneapolis, and Chicago.

- $173,361 to  support planning efforts focused on the development of a new commuter ferry service on the Potomac River.

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