The U.S. Maritime Administration today released a report detailing new designs for shipping vessels specifically engineered for America’s Marine Highways. Marad says the production of the efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels could bolster the domestic shipbuilding industry by creating new jobs and strengthening regional economies.
“This is another step in helping America’s Marine Highways move our economy and relieve congestion on our roads,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “The U.S. maritime industry is vital to our economy and our security. These vessel designs will bolster both in a way that maximizes efficiency while minimizing environmental impact.”
Eleven designs have been created for new vessels focussing primarily on roll-on roll-off vessels. The designs include six RO/RO vessels, three combination RO/RO-container carriers, a feeder container ship, and a RO/RO-passenger ferry.
Marad adds that the new vessel designs also meet a portion of the U.S. military’s sealift needs.