“It’s vital the federal government uphold its end of the partnership with ports so the country can have a 21st century goods movement system in place,” said Kurt Nagle, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) president and CEO. “We’re apprehensive about the fiscal 2018 budget.” The proposed 2018 budget would cut the $61.8M in multimodal infrastructure grants (dock, rail and road improvements) and also EPA grants. These cuts would mean a 16 percent decrease in budget when compared to 2017. “Adequate federal investments into U.S. port-related infrastructure, both on the landside and waterside, are crucial for the efficient movement of goods so the nation can remain globally competitive,” said Kurt Nagle.
(World Maritime News)