Maritime Representatives Feel PlanMaryland Neglects Water-Borne Transportation

A recent Business Monthly article highlights concerns raised by representatives of Baltimore City’s Port that PlanMaryland neglects water-borne transportation options in its transportation goals.

When the time came for questions after the recent PlanMaryland presentation at the Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport, the mention of transportation inspired Glen Paine, executive director of the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies in Linthicum, to raise his hand.  …

In general, he felt that programs like PlanMaryland, the first statewide plan to coordinate the various county and overall state plans (such as its annual consolidated transportation plan), need to address how water-borne transportation fits into an overall plan.

“The logistics, with the road and rail connections, are critical to the growth of our port and any port,” Paine said.

Capt. Eric Nielsen, president of the Association of Maryland Pilots in Baltimore, agrees with Paine, and thinks he sees how any perceived slight of the industry might have occurred.  …

What the industry is contemplating today, he said, is short sea shipping. That calls for the use of a barge or small ship, instead of using tractor-trailers to transport goods from state to state, up and down any coast.

“For instance, it might be easier and more cost effective to ship cargo from Boston to Norfolk, and anywhere in between, using our waterways,” Nielson said.

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