Galliano, La., based Crosby Tugs reports that it has invested in green shipping start-up Float Freight, a sustainability-focused barge transportation company that harnesses the industry’s latest technology to provide carbon-neutral inland marine transportation solutions.
Float Freight will work with the Crosby Group’s existing marine asset network along with a team of dedicated engineering, operational, and commercial support staff.
Starting immediately, Float Freight will offer multiple weekly sailings on fixed schedules and what it calls “friendly” booking terms. Based in Houston and Galliano, the company will initially offer direct service from New Orleans, Mobile, and Cameron, Louisiana, as well asMexico.
“We aim to make the U.S. Marine Highway system accessible for any size company by providing low cost and predictable inland marine solutions,” says Mike Little, managing director of Float Freight.
Float Freight’s services include low-cost transshipment and direct discharge options for the project, heavy lift, bulk, breakbulk, and container sectors. The company also has the ability to support clients that need more of a “just in time” arrival schedule, or clients that require dedicated assets for their cargo.
ZERO-EMISSIONS PUSH BOAT
Seeing a need to address the industry’s supply chain challenges, Float Freight is making private sector investments to promote, develop, and advance the adoption of inland marine transport and short sea shipping in the U.S. To go along with their carbon neutral northbound supply chain, the company has begun design on the nation’s first zero-emissions inland push boat aiming for conversion to be completed in2022.
“The U.S. Marine Highway System is one of our greatest untapped resources,” says Little. “We know that Float Freight is not just a viable alternative to landside shipping and transportation, but a superior, more environmentally sustainable answer to the current and future needs of the industry.”