Marine Highway Corridors and Projects Identified

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Image courtesy MARAD

On August 11, 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood identified 18 marine corridors, eight projects, and six initiatives for further development as part of “America’s Marine Highway Program.”  In addition, the Maritime Administration made available $7m for which these projects will be able to compete through a Notice of Funding Availability. 

The Marine Highway Program was fully implemented in April 2010 through publication of a Final Rule in the Federal Register.  The Secretary’s designations were made pursuant to the Final Rule, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. 

Marine Highway Corridors:  These all-water routes consist of 11 Corridors, four Connectors and three Crossings that can serve as extensions of the surface transportation system.  These corridors identify routes where water transportation presents an opportunity to offer relief to landside corridors that suffer from traffic congestion, excessive air emissions or other environmental concerns and other challenges.  Corridors are generally longer, multi-state routes whereas Connectors represent shorter routes that serve as feeders to the larger Corridors.  Crossings are short routes that transit harbors or waterways and offer alternatives to much longer or less convenient land routes between points.  By designating these Marine Highway Corridors, Connectors and Crossings, Secretary LaHood is taking the first step to focus public and private efforts to use the waterways to relieve landside congestion and attain other benefits that waterborne transportation can offer in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, energy savings and increased system resiliency.  
 
Marine Highway Projects:  The Secretary has also selected eight Marine Highway Projects for designation under the program.  These projects represent new or expanded Marine Highway Services that offer promise of public benefit and long-term sustainability without future Federal operational support.  These projects will receive preferential treatment for any future federal assistance from the Department and MARAD.  The projects will help start new businesses or expand existing ones to move more freight or passengers along America’s coastlines and waterways.  The services have the potential to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion along surface corridors as well as provide jobs for skilled mariners and shipbuilders.   The projects were selected from among 35 applications from ports and local transportation planning agencies received by the Department’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). 

Marine Highway Grants:  Sponsors of Marine Highway Projects are eligible to compete for a share of up to $7m in Marine Highway Grants. 

Marine Highway Initiatives:  In addition to Projects, the Secretary has selected six applications that, while not developed to the point of proposing specific services and routes required of Project designation, they offer promise of potential in the future.  While not eligible to compete for upcoming Marine Highway Grants, these “Marine Highway Initiatives” will receive support from the Department of Transportation in the form of assistance in further developing the concepts through conduct of research, market analysis and other efforts to identify the opportunities they may present.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

Coast Guard to Remove Some Navigation Aids in Virginia

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to discontinue 166 navigational aids within the Virginia Inside Passage (VIP) due to shoaling and other navigational safety concerns throughout the area.

MSHS Group President Recognized for Safety Leadership

Signal Mutual Indemnity Association, a self-insured group provider of Longshore benefits, presented MSHS President Are Friesecke with the Francis R. Sharp Executive

New OPDR Service Links Spain with Northern Europe

OPDR introduces new service: CAVA offers connection between the Spanish east coast, northern Europe and Saint Petersburg    OPDR announced its new CAVA service,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | 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: 0.1360 sec (7 req/sec)