US$12.6 million in US grants for America’s marine highways
THE US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded US$12.6 million in grants to nine marine highway projects across the nation under the America’s Marine Highway Programme (AMHP), reports the American Journal of Transportation.
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is pleased to see the funding directed at seaports and marine highway programmes to help address supply chain disruptions and issues.
AMHP grant funding will also expand existing waterborne freight services in Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
“Maritime transport is the safest, cheapest, and greenest means of transport we have. The Marine Highway programme is a throwback to the industrial boom that made America what it is today – it’s why a marine canal was used to move the building materials for the US Capitol itself,” said AAPA chief executive Chris Connor.
“Policymakers understand this, which is why this programme has gotten a recent financial boost, and it’s why anyone who cares about unsnarling road traffic should support even more funding.” said Mr Connor.