U.S. Maritime Administration Awards Nine Marine Highway Grants

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently announced the award of nine grants, worth $12.6 million.

Funded by MARAD’s America’s Marine Highway program (AMHP), these grants will address supply chain disruptions and enhance the movement of goods along the nation’s navigable waterways.

The grants will also expand existing waterborne freight services in Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Of the nine new grant recipients, three projects will directly enhance vessel traffic and container movements:

— First, in Indiana and Kentucky, a $1,408,000 project at Nucor Steel Gallatin will support the purchase of a Buy American-compliant bridge crane at the new marine terminal in Ghent, KY.

— Second, in Louisiana and Tennessee, a $847,500 project will support the continued growth of a container shuttle service from Memphis, TN, to Port Allen, LA.

— Third, in Texas, a $3 million project will support the purchase of two purpose-built barges.

Since 2016, MARAD has received $44.6 million in funding under AMHP, given to a total 24 eligible marine highway projects.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Dec. 23, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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