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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.

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. 

Washington announces new ferry operation

Washington State Ferries announced that it began carrying passengers aboard the newest state ferry, Suquamish. The new ferry started sailing from Clinton on October 4. ‘Suquamish’ will operate on the Mukilteo/Clinton route during the busy summer season and will also serve as a maintenance relief vessel filling in when other vessels are unavailable on other routes.

Washington funds state ferries conversion to hybrid electric

Washington Governor signed the 2018 state transportation budget, which includes a US$600,000 research fund to Washington State Ferries, to explore conversion of three ferries in the state fleet from diesel to hybrid electric, up to 2019. The three selected vessels of the Jumbo Mark II Class consume 26% of the fuel in the WSF fleet.

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