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West Coast Ports: Better Supply Chain Information Could Improve DOT's Freight Efforts
GAO-17-23: Published: Oct 31, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2016.
Some infrastructure and operations at major West Coast ports are strained in the face of recent changes in global shipping, but port stakeholders are attempting to address these constraints. For example, as the shipping industry deploys larger vessels capable of delivering more cargo, some port terminals lack big enough cranes, or other infrastructure, needed to handle these vessels. All major Wes...
Maritime Transportation: Implications of Using U.S. Liquefied-Natural-Gas Carriers for Exports
GAO-16-104: Published: Dec 3, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2015.
According to Department of Energy (DOE) and industry expectations, in the next few years the United States is expected to change from a net importer of natural gas to a net exporter, with those exports destined for different regions of the world, especially Asia. Five large-scale U.S. liquefaction facilitiesâ€”necessary for conversion of natural gas to liquefied natural gas (LNG) (see fig. below)â...
Maritime Infrastructure: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Effectiveness of Federal Efforts to Support the Marine Transportation System
GAO-13-80: Published: Nov 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2012.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) use a variety of programs to maintain and improve Marine Transportation System (MTS) infrastructure. The Corps is the lead federal agency responsible for maintaining and improving navigable waterways. Corps data show that obligations for navigable waterways have decreased from over $3 billion in fiscal year 2009 to...
Transportation of Public Law 480 Commodities--Efforts Needed To Eliminate Unnecessary Costs
NSIAD-85-74: Published: Jun 18, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1985.
GAO assessed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) and the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) management of the expenditure of U.S. funds for ocean transportation of agricultural commodities.GAO found significant problems indicating that USDA may be paying higher ocean freight differentials than necessary. USDA control over the bidding and negotiation process for ocean transportation contracts was...