Supporting Secure and Resilient Inland Waterways - Phase Two

The inland waterway system serves thirty-eight states across the U.S. and carries one-twelfth of U.S. freight across nearly two hundred commercially active lock sites. Unexpected disruptions to the system due to natural disasters, vessel accidents, or terrorist attacks can cause non-navigable water levels or destroy major navigation infrastructures, resulting in closures of the inland waterway. During a long term closure event, barge cargoes need to be offloaded from the waterway and transported to their final destination via an alternative land-based transportation mode which is challenging because the existing capacity of accessible terminals and alternative modes of transportation may not be sufficient to handle all of the disrupted cargo. As time elapses during a closure, the value of the disrupted cargo decreases in terms of economic value, societal benefit, and customer satisfaction. In order to mitigate negative disruption impacts, key maritime stakeholders including the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) need pre- and postdisruption response plans which support prioritizing and redirecting disrupted barges in order to minimize the total value loss of the impacted system. The research team proposes to extend their current Phase One project by expanding their current model to consider uncertainty into the decision. Future commodities transported, barge traffic, and water and land capacities are all unknown parameters that will be considered.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract to a Performing Organization has not yet been awarded.


  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Secretary
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Start Date: 20170701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01643634
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2017 2:06PM