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MARAD targets barge services and coastal shipping

The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) has designated nine new routes and services as “Marine Highway" Projects.

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The US Marine Highway Project was set up with the goal of expanding the use of America’s navigable waters for both passengers and freight. MARAD is responsible identifying routes and services that can be designated as Marine Highways under America’s Marine Highway Programme (AMHP).


A Marine Highway Project is a planned service, or expansion of an existing service, on a designated Marine Highway Route. Designation means projects and marine highway routes are eligible to apply for federal funding, and Congress appropriated $7 million for AMHP in Fiscal Year 2019. In previous years funding has been used to purchase equipment, including cranes and barges.


The new Marine Highway projects are:


A Bridgeport to Port Jefferson Ferry Service for passenger vehicles on Long Island. The Ferry Service Expansion includes the development of a new state-of-the-art ferry terminal (Barnum Landing) for the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company in Bridgeport, CT.


A Port of New York to Connecticut Ports Trailer on barge service.


A new M-95 Fernandina Beach to Charleston Barge Service: “A new barge service will help the Port of Fernandina in Nassau County, the northernmost county on the Atlantic coast in Florida, service all coastal seaports on the Atlantic, including Charleston, SC, and contribute to the reduction of truck traffic on I-95,” MARAD said.


A Port of Oswego Great Lakes Container Service, which aims to reduce on-road truck trips and ease congestion at the international border crossings of Buffalo and Detroit/Windsor.


The Port of Morrow Barge Service Extension along M-84.


A new “Wallops Island M95 Intermodal Barge Service” to expand short sea shipping near Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


The Seattle – Bainbridge Island Ferry Service.


The Houston Gateway & Gulf Container-On-Barge Central Node. This proposed project would reduce landside congestion through the creation of dedicated Container on Barge facilities serving the M-69, M-146, and M-10 marine highways.


American Samoa Inter-Island Ferry Service: improvements at the port of Pogo Pogo to improve intra-island and inter-island transportation to the outer islands.


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