MARAD Designates New Marine Highway Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route, helping shift the transportation of cargo and people from the highways to the nation's waterways. MARAD said the new designations will benefit Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, … [Read more...]

Short Sea Distribution Featured In Sunday New York Times

Today's New York Times features Harbor Harvest's first SSEADIS - Short Sea Distribution - Vessel. What if there were a way to reduce delays by diverting cargo and transporting it by boat across the Long Island Sound — a sort of marine highway — instead? Robert Kunkel, a retired marine engineer, is trying to do just that. He will soon start a freight ferry service, called … [Read more...]

After Decades Of Failure I Am Confident Short Sea Shipping Will Return To The USA. Here’s Why.

  Today's episode of The REAL gCaptain Podcast was recorded in the wake of the Blue Highway Conference hosted by SUNY Maritime College.  We report on major work being done by MARAD and maritime industry stakeholders to defibrillate the once vibrant but now ailing near coastal and inland waterway transportation system.  In this podcast we ask the … [Read more...]

Conference Hopes To Respark US Marine Highways

Roads around the New York metro area, and up and down many parts of the East Coast, are increasingly congested. The congestion increases air pollution, leads to poor roads, and slows the flow of people and goods throughout the region. Heavy cargo transported on trucks have damaged our roads and bridges. Most other maritime nations (especially in Europe) are well ahead the US … [Read more...]

Marad Unveils New Ship Designs

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 … [Read more...]