Comments for: New hybrid vessel seen as key to reviving Portland cargo service

Posted May 03, 2012, at 7:03 p.m.

PORTLAND | Maine Port Authority officials say the development of an innovative new hybrid vessel, cheaper than large freighters but more versatile than barges, could be the key to restoring container cargo service in the state’s largest port. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, is bringing the country’s top maritime …

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  • Anonymous

    “Because you’re traveling between two U.S. ports, you’re required to have a U.S.-flagged, U.S.-crewed vessel, and there aren’t many of those in existence.”
    I wonder why? Perhaps our politicians and bureaucrats should be working on cutting the red tape rather than throwing more tax dollars at the problem. 

  • Hussar

    A $350K investment to design a new type of untested vessel that is still half a decade away from being useful will not help Portland. 

    However, investing in dredging and making the port accessible to the new larger PANAMAX ships that are currently being built to take advantage of the new bigger locks on the Panama Canal would help the city of Portland and the state of Maine greatly.  Many ports on the US east coast are not looking forward enough to see,  that unless they develop the infrastructure for these huge new PANAMAX ships they will be soon be relics;  as they are bypassed by the US and the international shipping community.  

  • Anonymous

    Good ol’ Chellie, talking about “investing” another 350K to design a boat that may never get used at a terminal that she has already dumped 6 million into for capital upgrades, only to now see the shipping service completely cease operations.

    the progressive’s mal-investment of middle class wealth continues…

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