This study examines the present state of U.S. domestic marine transportation and the changes that have taken place over the past 10 to 12 years. The work was requested by the staff of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. It is part of an overall effort to (1) document recent changes in the domestic shipping industry; (2) determine the reasons for the changes; and (3) develop options for counteracting any adverse changes. Emphasis is placed largely on the coastwise and intercoastal ocean dry cargo trades. It is primarily within those trades that adverse changes in domestic shipping have occurred and opportunities for an improved marine share of the total domestic transportation market are greatest. The study examines broad trends shown by the cargo carriage data for the coastwise and intercoastal services; carriage among competing modes of transportation; and relative advantages and disadvantages among the modes. This examination underscores the fundamental problems of the domestic shipping industry and points to general actions to improve the utilization of coastwise and intercoastal services and competing modes as well.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Maritime Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1980-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 52 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322602
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 29 1980 12:00AM