Monday, November 03, 2008

The Return of Water-Based Shipping

The US could realize substantial savings in shipping costs if it maximized its use of domestic water shipping. The reason: fuel efficiency per ton.

One gallon of diesel pulls one ton of cargo 59 miles by truck, 202 miles by train and 514 miles by canal barge, Ms. Mantello said. A single barge can carry 3,000 tons, enough to replace 100 trucks.

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