Sustainable waterway transport is the smart way to move cargo

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.

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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.

For more about Inland Waterway transportation, click here for an informative brochure from Waterways Council, Inc.