Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: DOT 202-10
Date: Nov 19 2010
Contact: Cheron Wicker
Contact Phone: 202-366-5067

MARAD Awards Contract to Analyze Maritime Investment Options in Great Lakes Region.

The Maritime Administration recently awarded a $834,000 contract to ABS Consulting of Houston, Texas, along with Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute and other partners, to conduct a year-long study reviewing investment options for the revitalization of the U.S.-flagged Great Lakes fleet and related regional maritime infrastructure. More extensive and stringent environmental regulations slated for the Great Lakes region will likely require additional private and public investment to upgrade and/or refit vessels, ports and other infrastructure to ensure new standards are met. The study will also include an overview of existing market conditions, an inventory of the U.S.-flagged Great Lakes vessels and regional port infrastructure, an examination of private/public sector financing options, and a benefit-cost analysis for each of the investment options.