America's Marine Highway Initiative
Americas Marine Highway Initiative
In order to make the U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS) the worlds most technologically advanced, safe, secure, effective, accessible, globally competitive, dynamic and environmentally responsible system for moving goods, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is active in a new initiative to promote waterborne transportation.
The Marine Transportation System
Water transportation, especially along our coasts and inland waterways is a sensible, economical, and environmentally friendly solution to many of our growing congestion problems.
One of the smartest, cheapest, and easiest solutions mitigate congestion is an investment into our marine highway system. We also need to fully integrate waterborne transportation into our nation's transportation system.
What does Americas Marine Highway Initiative Mean?
Americas Marine Highway Initiative encompasses commercial waterborne transportation which does not transit an ocean. It is an alternative form of commercial transportation that utilizes inland, coastal waterways and our Great Lakes to move commercial freight from one destination to another.
Because Canada and Mexico are part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and have signed cooperative agreements with the U.S., efforts to mitigate border congestion with our neighbors is also considered part of Americas Marine Highway Initiative.
Why Americas Marine Highway Initiative?
- To support economic growth and trade
- To relieve road congestion and improve mobility
- To create jobs in ports, terminals, and the merchant marine
- To enhance national security
- To mitigate pollution
- To create new tax bases
Click on these links to learn more about Americas Marine Highway Initiative:
- A special message from the Maritime Administrator
- Testimony of the Maritime Administrator before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Merchant Marine U.S. Department of Transportation study of four potential marine corridors
- An I-95 Corridor Coalition Study on Short Sea
MARADs Regional Domestic Carriers
North Atlantic Region Domestic Carriers
South Atlantic Region Domestic Carriers
Central Region Domestic Carriers
Western Region Domestic Carriers
Western Region Pacific Northwest Domestic Carriers
Great Lakes Region Domestic Carriers
The Maritime Administrations American Marine Highway Initiative aids in the reduction of growing freight and congestion on our nations modal transport.
For more Information call:
Office of Ports & Domestic Shipping