Shortsea shipping has never really taken off in the US but the disruption caused to logistics by the likes of Amazon a new opportunity is being seen for palletized cargo transport within the States for last mile delivery of both consumer and industrial products.

Crowley Logistics has expanded its North Atlantic network of vessels with extra capacity between the Northeastern US, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the islands of the Caribbean Basin.

Barge transportation market size is estimated to surpass $170bn by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights.

At the board meeting held on 22 September, the commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $3.4m contract with Hatch Associates Consultants for its first ever comprehensive master plan.

Despite the slow and inexorable decline in throughput at the Port of Hong Kong, leading operator Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) continues to do well, posing the largest accumulative barge throughput in the Pearl River Delta of 2m teu in 2015.

An oversupply of tugs and barges in Indonesia is set hit the country’s shipyards on the island of Batam close to Singapore.

A 22-barge breakaway hit three vessels and caused the closure of part of the Mississippi River.

No matter how much we agree with the message, we are somewhat conditioned to hearing ports, terminals and inland waterway operators talk up the idea of moving more freight by water. How much more impact, then, to hear some startling enthusiasm – or, to use an overused word, passion – for the “freight by water” idea from a non-port person.

Indonesia's state port operator Pelindo II, will next month start a project that will allow the movement of barges on existing canals connecting industrial areas in Cikarang and Bekasi in West Java to Jakarta Bay and help ease land-side congestion, local reports said.

Singapore’s ASL Marine has clinched shipbuilding contracts worth approximately SGD140m ($100m) for the construction of a series of tugs and barges.

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