NWC Board Supports Investment Strategy

Thursday, February 25, 2010

 The Board of Directors of the National Waterways Conference voted to support the draft Inland Marine Transportation System Capital Investment Strategy endorsed by the Inland Waterways Users Board at its meeting in New Orleans on December 15, 2009. The unanimous vote signals the Board’s recognition of the urgent need for adequate funding for our nation’s water resources infrastructure.

Developed over the course of the past year under the auspices of the Inland Waterways Users Board, the Strategy is the culmination of a collaborative effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and industry representatives to develop a comprehensive funding and investment plan for construction and major rehabilitation projects along the 12,000 mile system of inland waterways. Currently, such projects are funded at a 50-50 cost share by the Federal government and industry users through the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. The industry portion is derived from a 20 cent per gallon diesel fuel tax paid by the commercial users of the inland waterways. The draft Strategy would retain the existing cost share, with several significant changes: the fuel tax would increase by 30% to 45%; rehabilitation projects costing less than $100 million would be federally funded, while major rehabilitation projects above that level and construction projects would continue to be cost-shared by the Trust Fund; dam improvements also would be federally funded, as those projects have multiple beneficiaries; and criteria for prioritizing projects would be established based on economic return and risk and reliability factors.

In taking its action, the Conference’s Board of Directors noted the vital importance of America’s waterways to our nation’s well-being. Waterborne transportation is the safest, most energy-efficient and environmentally sound mode of transportation, and the Board encourages the Congress and the Administration to fully fund these important capital assets. Given the importance of all water resources infrastructure, the Board further urges that the additional increases needed to support the Capital Investment Strategy be appropriated from the general treasury and not negatively impact other water resources projects.

NWC Chairman Fred Caver noted after the meeting that the status quo cannot be sustained. “The Inland Waterways Trust Fund is essentially broke and crucial infrastructure that is essential to our economic security and quality of life is not being properly rehabilitated or recapitalized,” Caver said. He urged the Congress to adopt the proposal as a package and to include it in a Water Resources Development Act this year.
 

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

Easing US Oil Export Ban Unlikey to Raise Gasoline Prices

A government study on Thursday essentially supported the notion that easing the decades-old restriction on exporting U.S. crude was more likely to lower than raise

Keel Laid, Fabrication Started on 2 Navy Warships

This week, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated two milestone events for the Arleigh Burke-class program. On October 30, Bath Iron Works held a keel laying

Bulker Arrives to US on Her Maiden Voyage

The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the Kypros Unity, commanded by Capt. Wilfredo F. Itable of Cyprus, on her maiden voyage Oct. 28. Capt. Itable and his 20-member

 
 
Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2037 sec (5 req/sec)