MarAd to fund ABS study of U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet’s needs

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Maritime Administration:
(WASHINGTON) — 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.
By Professional Mariner Staff