A Highway Alternative Short Sea Shipping

Charles (Chuck) G. Raymond, the CEO, Chairman and President of the carrier serving Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico, notes that short sea shipping in the U.S. would mean using existing vessels and infrastructure. Freight would move between coastal ports, between those ports and inland ports and at border crossings with NAFTA trading partners. From 200 to 2003, Raymond was Chairman of the Secretary of Transportation’s Marine Transportation National Advisory Council. That group developed a short sea initiative that still awaits implementation. Among other features of the program are several involving public-private partnerships and a variety of funding and financial assistance programs. He notes that in the European Union (EU), more than 44% of all freight movements are accomplished on the water. A number of U.S. Government agencies are promoting “the nation’s maritime transportation system and short sea shipping,” says Raymond. “It is an environmentally friendly, proven, timely and cost effective way to expand freight capacity,” he continues. “I say proven because the EU has been aggressively using short sea shipping as a competitive part of its transportation network for over 10 years.” Visit the ocean carrier’s web site at www.horizon-lines.com

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