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OPENING SHOT draft container ships. ing on the Hill. But, we have to get it pendent, non-partisan infrastructure accepting the commission’s recommen-
In addition, the James River Expan- right, and we need to get our priorities commissions with experts, not a job for dations should be treated as mandatory sion Project on the M-64 was awarded in order. To that end, Fitch’s Cherian politicians. Elected of? cials need to ac- not optional.” Let’s hope that vision be- $1,822,093 by Marad. Sponsored by George insists, “This is a job for inde- cept that fact and that for this to work, comes our reality.
James River Barge Lines, the grant funds will be used for the construction of a third barge to expand the existing service in order to accommodate an esti- mated 27% annual growth on the M-64 corridor. Since its inception in 2008, the
You pull 64-Express barge service has seen sub- stantial year-over-year cargo growth, ahead transporting a total of 27,626 contain- ers in ? scal year 2018, an increase of 23% from ? scal year 2017. In case you missed the point, that’s 27,626 trucks that you didn’t have sit behind in traf- ? c in 2018. The addition of a third barge would capitalize on previous Marine
Highway Program investments by in- creasing the number of weekly trips to
DRASTICALLY REDUCED seven days and carrying an average of
FUEL COSTS AND EMISSIONS 170 containers per trip.
(Hopefully) More Progress to Come
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That’s how you run a supply chain.
In North America, the trucking crisis is just around the corner. Stakehold- ers predict a nationwide shortage of as many as 50,000 drivers within ten years.
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league game. Before that can happen, however, the ports and inland waterways
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Last month’s Marad shortsea shipping grants are a very good start. So, too, is talk of $2 trillion in infrastructure fund- www.marinelink.com 9
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