Turkey has announced a new canal parallel to the Bosporus, to connect the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. It’s an expensive project for Turkey, and the government appears to want a PPP model for at least some of the route. Here’s a map, from the article.
Several universities participated in the research needed to get the project off the ground. Work is planned to start soon, and be completed by 2023.
via Transportation minister unveils final 45-kilometer route of Kanal Istanbul project – Daily Sabah
The chassis story never ceases to amaze. TRAC was positioning itself to be a big player only a couple of years ago. Now what? Is it unprofitable? We are still wrestling with who will pay for chassis, and how to share the cost.
via NEWS FLASH: DCLI acquires TRAC domestic chassis fleet
A new study by the US Maritime Commission on the problems with lock outages in our inland river waterways. If we don’t maintain the locks, we lose competitive advantage in agricultural products particularly; for instance costs of exporting soybeans goes up and lets Brazil become the cheapest source.
I’ve included a link to the pdf of the study below.
via NWF, MarAd release study on unscheduled lock outages
BY HAILEY DESORMEAUX |THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2017
PDF of study:
Lock Outage NWF_FINAL_REPORT 2017