Indiana Ports Receive USDOT Recognition
The Ports of Indiana has received recognition from United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao for its leadership role in the development and advancement of the Marine Highway M-35/M-70 Container-on-Barge Service on the Ohio and Upper Mississippi Rivers.
This project is a new container-on-barge service being developed by members of Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals Association (IRPT), including Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, along the inland river system connecting ports and terminals on the Ohio River and the Upper Mississippi River; promoting container-on-barge development.
This project will support a waterway transportation network on the river system that will have the capability to deliver vital goods between three major gateway ports – including the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and St. Paul, Minnesota – and establish new trade networks with significant public benefits, creating a foundation for future trade growth.
“Development of this new project involves several IRPT members working collaboratively to address the challenges industries face with the logistics of moving freight,” said Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Port Director Phil Wilzbacher. “As the volume of freight continues to grow, this project will reduce carbon emissions and highway maintenance, lower transportation costs and provide economic opportunities in the region. We fully anticipate that the service will offer shippers transportation alternatives by utilizing our Marine Highway network.”
There are over 12,000 miles of navigable rivers in the United States. One standard 15-tow barge moves the same amount of freight as 225 rail cars or 1,050 tractor trailers, with far less pollution. Andres noted river transportation of goods is the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly form of transportation in the United States and said IRPT strongly endorses the initiative to bring intermodal containers to the inland river system.