Investment in infrastructure is critical to the continued growth of the marine transportation system. Deeper channels, larger locks, and a port system that provides for the efficient transfer of cargo from ship is essential to accommodate the ever-growing size of ships.
A port is an intermodal transfer facility. Therefore, along with the waterside infrastructure improvements, highway and rail access and throughput is also required to handle the increased volume of cargo from these ships. This cannot be done without community involvement and buy-in.
It takes years to build this type of infrastructure. Therefore 20+ year planning is required to effectively meet the needs of this long-term growth. The International Propeller Club supports funding and planning for infrastructure at a national, state, regional, and local level. Our members live and work in these communities. Their voice is an important component for funding, planning, and construction of port and maritime infrastructure.