Marad Awards $4.85 Million in Grants for Marine Highway Projects The U.S. Maritime Administration ( MARAD ) has awarded grants totaling
$4.85 million for six Marine Highway Projects through its Marine Highway Program. The goal of the program is to expand the use of navigable waterways within the U.S. —helping to relieve congestion and reduce emissions. The six projects being funded are:
Port of Baton Rouge & Port of New Orleans Container-onBarge Service A $1,758,595 grant for a new regularly scheduled container-on-barge service that supports exports moving from the Port of Baton Rouge to the Port of New Orleans. The new service is designed to collect empty
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container in Memphis, TN, and transport them to Baton Rouge to meet demand for chemical industry exports.
Illinois Container-on-Barge Shuttle A $713,000 grant will help fund an 18-month demonstration project to provide shuttle service for agricultural customers moving containerized exports between south and northern Illinois to access the Union Pacific and BNSF rail ramps. The service will operate between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers between Channahon and Granite City, IL, with an option to extend the container-on-barge service to the Gulf of Mexico ports in concert with related Marine Highway Designation.
James River Container Expansion The 64 Express is an existing container-onbarge service at the Port of Virginia that operates along the James River between Hampton Roads and Richmond, VA. The $476,748 will support development of new customers by expanding service to include moving refrigerated and frozen products on the barge.
New York Harbor and Containerand Trailer-on-Barge Service A $1,632,296 grant will support the New York Harbor Container- and Trailer-onBarge—an existing service that operates in New York Harbor between Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, NY, to Red Hook Barge Terminal in Newark, NJ. The grant will help purchase infrastructure that will support improved barge operations and the creation of a crane operator training center.
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A $96,000 grant will support planning efforts by the City of St. Louis Port Authority, Inland Rivers Por ts & Terminals, Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, and Upper Mississippi River Basin Association on developing containerized shipping along the Mississippi River, between New Orleans, Minneapolis and Chicago.
M-495 Potomac River Commuter Ferry A $173,361 grant will support the planning efforts for the development of a new commuter ferry on the Potomac River. If developed, the service will reduce congestion on highways and interstates between Northern Virginia and Washington, DC.