Development and Promotion of Ports and Intermodal Transportation


To promote and plan for the development and utilization of domestic waterways, ports, and port facilities, to provide technical advice and information to Government agencies, private industry and State and municipal governments; to support the laws reserving domestic waterborne commerce to U.S. built, owned, and registered vessels for reasons of national security and economic development, examine opportunities for expanding Maritime trade and service; to plan for the utilization and control of ports and port facilities under national mobilization conditions; to promote development and improved utilization of marine related intermodal transportation systems; to provide technical information and advice to other agencies and organizations concerned with intermodal development; to formulate national and regional policies and objectives for development and use of intermodal transportation systems including containerization and container size standards; to develop plans, coordinate pilot operations concerned with improved techniques in marine-related intermodal transportation; to assist in planning and development of intermodal transport systems under national mobilization conditions.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 08/20/2009 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Advisory Services and Counseling; Dissemination of Technical Information.
Program Accomplishments
In the Port Planning Area: Projects and activities relating to adequacy and condition of U.S. ports to handle waterborne commerce; technical planning assistance to State and local port agencies; port economic impact model; analytical port planning methodologies and data bases: financial aspects of port development (Public Port Financing in the United States, Port Risk Management Manual, Port Capital Expenditure Survey); and international activities (Inter-American Port and Harbor Conferences, Inter-American Port Management and Security Training). In the Port Operations Area: Projects and activities pertaining to vessel and terminal operations (Container Transport by Inland Waterways); advanced terminal management systems; port emergency planning: port and terminal cargo protection and security (Maritime Security Report); and port safety and environmental management. Projects and activities pertaining to intermodal transport systems and cargo handling capability: Automation of Inventory of American Intermodal Equipment; Marine-Rail Intermodal System Study and Demonstration; projects initiated under the Cargo Handling Cooperative Program - Emergency Container Requirement Study; Tape Container Seal Project; Video Container Recognition System; The Assessment of Bar Code Technology; Land Transportation Access Outreach Program; Technical Intermodal transport, planning assistance to State and local government agencies, intermodal transport providers, shippers, and public and private intermodal port and terminal operators. Domestic Shipping Project Areas: In the promotion of increased utilization of the domestic waterways, projects related to expanding the knowledge base concerning modal environmental advantages and safe, efficient operations have been completed.
Merchant Marine Act of 1920, Section 8, as amended; Merchant Marine Act of 1936, Sections 212 and 209, as amended; Section 2, Public Law 96-371; Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended; Executive Order 10480; Executive Order 12656.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local government agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), public port and intermodal authorities, trade associations and private terminal and intermodal operators are eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local government agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, regional development organizations, public port and intermodal authorities, trade associations, and private terminal and intermodal operators.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.
Application Procedure
Personal conference or explanation of problem. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A- 102.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Federal personnel are used to conduct cost-shared studies with public ports, trade associations, State universities, National Maritime Enhancement Institutes, agencies, and private industry and to advise and consult at national, regional, and local levels with port authorities, marine terminal operators, intermodal transport interests including governmental units, trade associations and private industry.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Maritime Administration Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Ports - Raymond R. Barberesi, Director, Office of Ports and Domestic Shipping, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-4357. FAX: (202)366-6988. Intermodal - Richard L. Walker, Director, Office of Intermodal Development, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-8888. FAX: (202) 366-6988.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Research) FY 02 $0; FY 03 est $0; and FY 04 est $0. (Salaries and expenses) FY 02 $134,732; FY 03 est $138,245; and FY 04 est $141,010.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
46 CFR Parts 340, 345, 346, and 347. Department of Transportation Order 1100.69A.
Examples of Funded Projects
No projects funded under these programs.


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