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Missouri to enhance inland waterway container-on-vessel freight service

In early August, Missouri Port Authorities collaborated to discuss a plan for statewide initiative that focuses on innovative inland waterway container-on-vessel freight service. The gathering focused on finding additional options to transport freight along the inland waterways and the how the existent waterway vessels could transport larger volumes of goods and commodities. 

Report highlights the importance of inland waterways to US economy

The US National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) today commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for releasing a significant new study that quantifies the cost-savings and competitive advantages that would increase investments in long-delayed improvements to inland waterways locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois River system.

Canadian Navigable Waters Act comes into effect

The Government of Canada announced that the Canadian Navigable Waters Act and the Major Works Order come into effect on 28 August, restoring lost protections for all waterways to protect the rights of Canadians to travel on all navigable waters in the country.

India wants to launch low cost ferry services

Indian shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed that the country aspires to begin the navigation in inland waterways and passenger transportation in the rivers in the North Eastern states of India. The company Water and Power Consultancy Services Limited (WAPCOS) is now preparing a model Detailed Project Report, in order to operate low-cost ferry services in the inland waterways in these states.

Two new green cruise ships to operate in Norway from 2021

Turkey-based Tersan Shipyard is building two new LNG-fueled cruise vessels for Norwegian shipowner Havila Kystruten, expected to operate the historic coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes, along the western coastline of Norway, stopping at 34 ports along the route.

Watch: How inland waterways support US shippers

As part of its effort to help educate audiences about the inland waterways’ contribution to US economy, the Waterways Council released a series of short videos to inform of how these waterways support national freight shippers, agriculture, the labor community, the Corps of Engineers, and building communities. 

India to create Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology

The Indian Ministry of Shipping signed a Memorandum of Agreement with IIT Kharagpur for establishing the Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology at IIT Kharagpur. The centre will be a hub for latest technology tools for maritime sector and will reduce India’s dependence on foreign institutions.

North West Central Corridor sees more inland terminals added

The inland terminals CTU in Lelystad, HOV Harlingen and Westerman Multimodal Logistics in Hasselt joined the North West Central Corridor in June. This partnership of deep-sea terminals, inland terminals and inland shipping companies on the Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam route was firstly launched in February 2019.

Boosting data-sharing to improve Short Sea Shipping Performance: Evidence from Limassol port calls analysis

UNCTAD informed that it now acknowledges PortCDM as an enabler for improved performance in short sea shipping based on a study made on the role of enhanced collaboration and data sharing between ports for better performance in short sea shipping. This study chooses to focus on short sea shipping in the Eastern Mediterranean for port calls made in Port of Limassol, Cyprus, and was published in the Sustainability Journal.

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