THE EXTENSION of the barge service at the port of Morrow, in Oregon, is one of only three projects on the US West Coast among the 34 that have been approved under the Marine Highways Programme.
The port said that expansion of the existing barge service will allow the port to make use of the underused Marine Highway 85 Columbia and Snake River System to reduce transportation costs, relieve rail and highway congestion through the Columbia Gorge, reduce emissions and fuel use, create jobs and help the movement of exports.
Oregon’s US Senator Jeff Merkley said: “Oregon’s coastal and inland ports support local economies across the state, providing jobs and making it easier to transport goods to and from our communities and across the world.
“This designation will ensure the port can compete for federal grant funding, help expand shipping and transportation options in the Columbia River System and create many more jobs.”
Representative Greg Walden added: “The Columbia River System is a valuable asset for transporting wheat and other products from eastern Oregon to the world.