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congested highways and along the U.S coasts, this is the ? rst time Amtech has seen the numbers work; a surpris- ing fact considering the current cost of diesel fuel and price of oil. In the meantime, Harbor Harvest is working with several environmentally based groups, the States of Connecticut and
New York to gather public support and work towards raising additional capital to support the construction of ten vessels.
Green, clean, ef? cient and work- boat powered shortsea shipping is coming to Long Island Sound and the Hudson River. This is truly an event that can only be described as one small step for shortsea shipping and one large step for the Northeast agricultural community. And, not a moment too soon.
Robert Kunkel, President of Alter- native Marine Technologies, previ- ously served as the Federal Chairman of the Short Sea Shipping Coopera- tive Program under the Maritime
Administration and the USDOT from 2003 until 2008. A past Vice
President of the Connecticut Mari- time Association, he is a contribut- ing writer for MarineNews. A grad- uate of the Massachusetts Maritime
Academy, Kunkel sailed as a licensed engineer and continued his career in ship construction at NASSCO and
Hyundai Heavy Industries, among others. He is a senior member of the
Special Committee on Ship Opera- tion with ABS and an elected mem- ber of the NCB.
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