NEW ENGLAND MARINE HIGHWAY PROJECT (NEMHP)
The US Marine Highway System presents a significant opportunity to stimulate economic growth, reduce congestion and wear on roads and highways, and cut down on emissions from freight transportation. By freight ton-mile, short-sea shipping (the goal of the Marine Highway Program) is less expensive and cleaner than other modes of freight transportation. The focus of this study is the realization of these benefits along the M-95 Marine Highway by way of the New England Marine Highway Project (NEMHP).
Since its designation in 2010 by USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood, the objective of the NEMHP has been to design, build, and operate a containerized Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) service between Northern New England and the Port of New York/New Jersey. By focusing on prospective customers’ needs, the NEMHP will stimulate growth for American manufacturers, food processors, beverage producers, and those providing the raw materials to these operations.
This growth will stem from some key benefits that come as a result of the successful development of the NEMHP:
Lower freight transportation costs per freight ton/mile
Increased market access for lower-margin freight (which otherwise isn’t moving)
Increased weight capacity per unit of transportation (heavier loads in each container)