to Coastal Connect
the early history of the United States, America's waterways and
coastal areas were the gateways and primary means of supporting
interstate commerce. As a result of that early transportation
development, the nation's population and larger cities grew along
the U.S coasts. To support that population growth, the Interstate
Highway was created to assure that our goods were delivered to
the marketplace. That highway system has served our nation well
for over 50 years.
state of our nation's transportation system has been the subject
of extensive U.S Government and State interest. There is widespread
recognition of the urgent need to expand our Intermodal transportation
system, with broad agreement that the current capacity will be
overwhelmed by increases in economic activity and global trade.
Originally the U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that
by 2020 highway congestion would be so severe as to virtually
stifle commerce. This estimate was based upon the Government's
projection that freight transportation demand will increase by
60 % within that time period. However, the date of gridlock on
our highway system has since been advanced to a period closer
Coastal Connect has been developed to return the nation transportation
system to its early roots with an environmentally responsible
and scheduled service of coastal ships operating parallel to the
I-95 interstate corridor. A service that will take advantage of
the enormous capacity that can be added to our nation's transportation
system by developing what has now been designated by the U.S.
Maritime Administration as the Marine Highway.
proven technologies established in European short sea shipping
services, Coastal Connect will introduce a fleet of "RoRo"
(Roll on Roll off) vessels with a capacity of one hundred (100)
53' domestic trailers providing an overnight scheduled service
between several ports within the New England and Mid Atlantic
coastal metropolitan areas. Using compressed natural gas as a
primary fuel to reduce ship emissions and operating at speeds
of 20 knots, the service will provide an alternative to the I-95
congestion and delays experienced by truckers and shippers within
the region. An alternative that is positioned to maintain corporate
environmental sustainability and establish a reliable transportation
schedule for truckers to avoid the daily congestion bottlenecks
along the corridor.