PARAMETERS FOR A ROLL ON-ROLL OFF MARINE INTERMODAL SERVICE ON LAKE SUPERIOR

The feasibility of reestablishing roll on-roll off (RO-RO) service linking Thunder Bay, Ontario, and the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, was examined. An analysis of similar services both on the Great Lakes and overseas was undertaken. Previous operations on the same route on Lake Superior and short sea service in the Baltic region were analyzed, and the attributes of an appropriate vessel type, such as ice strengthened scantlings and adequate speeds, were determined. A route schedule for a typical vessel was developed. A profile of a suitable vessel was prepared, and the market availability of the vessels was assessed. Issues in terminal design and operation were applied to potential docks in the ports of call to determine the adequacy of shoreside facilities. Cost factors for vessel operations and terminal operations were determined, and a spreadsheet model was developed for future application. Potential revenue streams from vessel and terminal operations were also explored. Revenue generators included day passengers as well as trailers and containers. The feasibility of linking the RO-RO service to a larger intermodal system serving Canada and the United States was also assessed.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 46-54
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00962046
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309085527
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 12 2003 12:00AM