Today's smart commerce watches the bottom line in transportation costs, and counts health, safety, and the environment among the value added criteria.
Inland waterway transport is sustainable:
Transporting freight by barge is the most cost efficient choice: barges can move one ton of cargo 576 miles per gallon of fuel, while a rail cargo would move that ton only 413 miles and a truck only 155 miles per gallon.
Inland waterway transport is efficient:
• 1,750 tons of barge cargo replaces 16 railcars and 70 trucks, bypassing and relieving the congested routes of urban intermodal hubs.
• a modern 15 barge tow replaces 216 rail cars and 16 locomotives, or 1,050 large semi-tractor trailers
Inland waterway transport is friendlier to the environment:
Inland waterway transport produces fewer emissions than rail or truck per ton/mile.
according to four EPA standards: barges produce fewer emissions of particulate matter,
carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxide.
Inland waterway transport safeguards health and safety:
There are 2, 171 truck related injuries compared to 125 rail related injuries for every 1 barge transport related injury.
For each barge fatality, there are 22 related to rail and 155 related to truck transportation.