Tag: short sea shipping

JONES ACT, A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR  NAFTA

Loi Jones

United States (US) represents one fifth of the world economy (GDP of 17 400 billion $). It is considered the world’s largest economy. It also counts for 19 924 kilometers of marine coastline, 6 000 kilometers of river length and  250 000 km2 area of its Great Lakes. [1]  With all these assets, why doesn’t it hold  shipping capacity in the world  ?  The  US has become international success in many fields such as automotive, information technology, aeronautics , chemistry, and culture sectors.  But, why not in maritime sector ?

Those following figures illustrate the paradox.  In 2015, among the … Lire la suite

November 2016 Transportation by barge as an alternative to intermodal transport

Use of transportation by barge

The systems of transportation by barge have long been used as an alternative to land transport. This mean of transportation is competitive to trains and trucks. In addition, it significantly allows the reduction of the environmental footprint of the transport of goods.

There are two major segments in the market, long and the short distance.

Long-distance is used in large rivers, such as Mississippi, Rhine, Danube and St Lawrence in transporting the goods from one end to the other of the continents.

This system is competitive to trains and trucks, but its performance depends greatly … Lire la suite