"Inland Waterways and the Global Supply Chain" an International Conference Report on "SmartRivers 2006" is currently available at the Port of Pittsburgh Commission website
www.port.pittsburgh.pa.us. SmartRivers is a coalition to benchmark best practices for inland waterways, on both sides of the Atlantic, and to help those waterways better integrate themselves into the global supply chain. â€œBenchmarking conferences were held in Pittsburgh in 2005 and in Brussels, Belgium Europe
in 2006. They specifically compared differences in the development of container-on-barge traffic, the role of technology and comparative policies to encourage river traffic,â€ said
James R. McCarville
, Executive Director for the Port of Pittsburgh Commission
It set out the strategic similarities and differences of the US and European Union
(EU) inland waterway systems
â€œWhile the US system moves much greater volumes of goods on its river system, European policies encourages the movement of higher value goods, especially containers. It is a different way of looking at waterways. In Europe waterways
are looked upon much more as a solution to problems of traffic pollution and congestion", said McCarville.
The report states, EU policies, such as the Marco Polo program, seek "to affect a modal shift from trucks to rail and waterways".
The report was prepared by Arno Hart
of the RNO Group for AASHTO (the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
) and conference sponsors. It was published by Marshall University's Rahall Transportation Institute.
Source: James R McCarville, Executive Director, Port of Pittsburgh Commission