Articles of Interest – July 16

Maritime Update

Port of Charleston to fast track an inland port in Greer.  The dredging work for the Charleston Harbor maybe done on time and under budget.

North Carolina port logistics study reports on the benefits of investment in the Port’s maritime infrastructure will create jobs and opportunities for the state.   This would both generate new cargo opportunities for the state, as well as reduce transportation costs for the State’s shippers.  The full report is available online at

The ILA Contract Negotiations remain stalled.  The East Coast benefited from the West Coast lockout ten years ago, and with the Panama Canal expansion, the potential for more cargo through Southeast ports remains unclear until a new contract is signed.

Marine Highways are important, as discussed by Sean Connaughton, Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Freight Policy and Planning

Here is a writeup on the TIGER Grant for ports.

I found this interesting discussion on infrastructure by the British program, “Bottomline“.   here is the link to the MP3 file.

Transport Topics reports on the number of Truck Studies authorized by the MAP21 Bill, including studies on truck size and weight changes.

Logistics and Supply Chains

 U.S. carload freight remains sluggish according to the Association of American Railroads, but  intermodal traffic has increased.


The Atlanta Fed reported that manufacturing declined for the first time in 36 months.  You can see the trends here.

Reuters reports that the U.S. Federal Reserve official US will see continued economic malaise for the next two years.


Interesting Research:

Traffic Noise and Heart Attacks…

A new study found that living near noise traffic flows increases the heart attack risk.  The relationship suggests for every increase of 10 decibels of traffic noise exposure resulted in a 10 percent increase in heart attacks.

  • Citation in the Economist (which talks about rubberizing roads as a response)
  • Citation in the New York Times (which talks about causal relationships)
  • The article itself



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