Marine Highway Freight System: A Multimodal Short Sea Freight Shipping System

Multimodal Short Sea Freight Shipping, known in the U.S. as "Marine Highways," is a systems concept for increasing freight mobility by diverting freight from highways onto alternate transportation routes through inland and coastal waterways. Use of the alternate freight routes reduces the number of freight trucks on highways thereby increasing freight capacity, reducing highway congestion, lowering fuel consumption, improving safety, decreasing long term infrastructure maintenance costs, and enabling competitive freight flow operations. Short sea shipping is providing European nations a cost effective and reliable system for moving freight through inland waterways and coastal shipping within Europe. Potential application of short sea shipping in U.S. waterways has received favorable consideration from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and transportation stakeholders. The project will validate the Marine Highway concept in the I-95 corridor region, because of the importance of the corridor to national commerce and the urgent need to relieve traffic bottlenecks and congestion experienced in this region. The project results will deliver a first ever systematic and scalable methodology for evaluating Marine Highway routes by applying remote sensing and spatial information technologies. The research will produce guidelines and evaluation tools for shipping operators, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, and state and local transportation engineers who will implement these systems.

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    • Participating performing organizations include: CSC Advanced Marine Center GeoEye, Inc. Rutgers University DLR - German Aerospace and Transportation Studies Center Cooperating organizations include: I-95 Corridor Coalition Virginia Department of Transportation Virginia Port Authority Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Singh, Caesar

  • Performing Organizations:

    George Mason University

    School of Engineering
    CEIE Dept., MSN-6C1
    Faifax, VA  USA  22030
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bronzini, Michael

  • Start Date: 20100104
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120103
  • Source Data: RiP Project 28957

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  • Accession Number: 01463318
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: George Mason University
  • Contract Numbers: DTOS59-10-H-00004
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:21PM