Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the FY2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill by a wide margin of 90 to eight. It is the first appropriations legislation to pass the Senate this year, and it incorporates $6bn in funding for the Civil Works Program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency charged with maintenance and improvements to navigable waterways.
For ports, the bill includes $1.3bn for Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund work, more than last year and about 10 percent higher than the target established under previous legislation. The House version of the bill is awaiting floor action, after which the legislation will be reconciled in conference and sent to the president for signature.
In addition to harbor provisions, funding for the Corps of Engineers' operations and maintenance account was set at a record $3.2bn, almost half a billion dollars above the administration's request. Its construction account was funded at $1.8bn, up by more than $700m.
By Supply Chain Brain | May 16, 2016 | Maritime Executive