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Short Sea Projects Sought for DOT Grants

Monday, April 25, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Transportation is accepting applications through May 27 for $5 million in grants for short sea projects focusing on documented vessels and port and landside infrastructure. Components of projects that are eligible for this round of grant funding include the following.

- port and terminal infrastructure, including wharves, docks, terminals and paving, etc.

- cargo, passenger and/or vessel handling equipment

- efficiency or capacity improvements in ports, terminals, vessels, intermodal connectors, etc.

- investments that improve environmental sustainability

- new or used vessel purchase, lease or modification

- marine highway demonstration projects of a limited duration

- planning, preparation and design efforts in support of marine highway projects

Eligibility for these grants is limited to those projects that have been formally designated under the America’s Marine Highway Program and for which the applicants are sponsors of such projects. These include metropolitan planning organizations, state governments, port authorities and tribal governments. However, project sponsors are encouraged to develop coalitions and public/private partnerships with vessel owners and operators; third-party logistics providers; trucking companies; shippers; railroads; port authorities; state, regional and local transportation planners; environmental interests; impacted communities; or any combination of entities working in collaboration under a single application.

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