This report is an assessment of the marine terminal needs of U.S. ocean and inland riverports on a national scale. It is based on a demand-capacity analysis which compares the cargo-handling capacity of the existing system of port and terminal facilities with the projected flows of foreign and domestic waterborne commerce in the years 1980-1990. The facility needs determined by the study and the estimated capital improvements required are derived from this comparison of system-wide capability with system -wide commerce. For practical reasons, the four major seacoasts of the United States are divided into six coastal regions. Accordingly, projections were made on a regional basis and consolidated nationally. The aggregated regional capacities are the sum of the estimated capacities of individual terminal berthing facilities associated with each of nine major commodity groups analyzed in the study. Therefore, facility requirements for specific ports have not been identified. The total national assessment study was performed in four phases and may be summed up as follows: Phase 1 consisted of dealing with a selected inventory of marine terminal facilities including the physical types, berthing allocations and general characteristics of existing U.S. ocean and inland riverports. The inland riverport analysis is limited to a 17-state mid-America segment of the U.S. inland waterways. Phase 2 involved coastal and river region surveys of the port industry for estimating throughput capacities and representative construction costs of existing public and private marine terminals for handling the nine major cargo movements. Phase 3 dealt with forecasting, assembling, and analyzing the foreign and domestic trade data aggregated into nine major commodity movement categories. These categories were chosen on the basis of handling characteristics, volume of cargo, and importance to the economy. Phase 4 involved the determination of the demand-capacity relationship between port terminal facilities and port cargo movements.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Maritime Administration

    Office of Ports and Intermodal Systems, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 127 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319483
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM