September, 2014

Barge SinkingThe M580 “green” marine highway is dead, and it never stood a chance. It was neither operationally practical, environmentally beneficial nor economically sustainable. It was a shameful waste of taxpayer dollars that was forced upon the region by naive, close-minded and politically motivated bureaucrats within DOT and MarAd. Every industry insider knew it to be a white elephant, yet red flags were ignored by environmental do-gooders. Two legitimate barge operators, The Broe Group (in conjunction with Eco-Transport) and Savage Services, took a close look at its potential, and both flatly deemed it unworkable. Yet, the Port of Stockton, who had no experience in barge or container operations, forged ahead on its own…did they really think the project was viable? Or was it simply a money-grab? Since the feds were pushing TIGER funds so aggressively, maybe Stockton was the crafty one in this whole debacle, leaching two new mobile cranes and infrastructure improvements out of the feds.