The program supports the development and expanded use of America’s navigable waterways and will improve US supply chains and the overall movement of goods throughout the country.

The new resources represent the largest single appropriation of funding ever provided to the AMHP and were made possible through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“America’s waterways are a vital means for getting goods onto our shelves and into our homes. Thanks to these investments, and others like them in the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we can help create jobs, reduce delays, and strengthen our critical supply chains for decades to come,” said US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Lucinda Lessley, acting maritime administrator added this ‘historic funding’ will expand waterborne transportation options while helping project sponsors increase energy conservation, improve safety, reduce landside infrastructure costs, and reduce travel delays caused by congestion.

The AMHP aims to relieve landside congestion, provide new and efficient transportation options, and increase the productivity of the surface transportation system.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will also rebuild America’s roads, bridges, and rails; upgrade and expand public transit, modernise the country’s ports, and help tackle the climate crisis.

For an organisation to be eligible for a grant award, a project must have previously been designated as a Marine Highway Project by the Secretary of Transportation.