Tidewater Receives Grant To Expand Columbia Barge Service

Tidewater Barge Lines has received a grant of over $4.1 million from the U.S. Maritime Administration to acquire equipment to expand regional barge service on the Columbia River. Tidewater will provide nearly $2 million in matching funds. The grant will provide two new low and zero emission cranes to enable the loading of additional solid waste containers on barges for shipment from southwest Washington to eastern Oregon. Tidewater President and CEO Todd Busch says the funds will allow the company to barge thousands of additional containers that would normally be trucked on the region’s highways. The cranes will be installed at Tidewater’s Vancouver and Boardman terminals. Previous grants from the Maritime Administration to Tidewater and the Port of Morrow helped improve terminal infrastructure and construct a specialty-built barge.

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