The Maritime System of the Americas (MSA) refers to the waterway system that connects central and eastern portions of the US and Canada to the central and eastern portions of Mexico, the Caribbean countries, Central America, and the Northern rim of South America. For general cargo, land transportation, especially trucking, is the dominant system serving the region. The restructuring and trade growth within the NAFTA region presents an opportunity for water transportation to increase its market share of cargo movements and attract more general cargo volume. Increase in volume is expected for existing services, such as deep sea, short- sea and feeder operation. Additionally, new types of services are emerging, such as river/ocean and trailer ferry operation. The competitive cost advantages are most obvious for bulk shipments using river barges with transhipment to ocean vessels compared to rail units trains. A specialised niche market exists for relatively high value minor bulk (small lots) cargoes and general cargoes moving by river/ocean vessels as an alternative to carload rail service. Cost modelling also indicates that intermodal movement of domestic trailers, with inclusion of a roro ferry, has cost and logistics advantages over other transportation options and, therefore, has potential to significantly expand market penetration into the eastern/central regions of both Mexico and the US.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PIANC Bull, n 87, April 1995, p 28 [9 p, 2 tab, 5 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Hochstein, A
    • Ashar, A
    • McLaughlin, R
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00710888
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM