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Written by Brad Pickel   
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 04:44 AM

>>Waterway Facts


The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway extends from Norfolk VA through Key West, FL for approximately 1200 miles.  The Waterway was authorized in the 1939 Rivers and Harbors Act and the US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for its maintenance.


The AIWW system serves

      US Coast Guard

      Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for Homeland Security

      Barge traffic supporting intermodal transportation to deep draft ports

      Military equipment and supply transportation barges and vessels

      Commercial fishing vessels and charter fishing vessels

      Cruise and tour boats

      Recreational vessels

      NOAA vessels

      Dept. of Energy research vessels

      US Army Corps of Engineers and industry dredging vessels


2006 US Corps of Engineers Waterborne Commerce Statistics

Norfolk VA to Key West FL

Tonnage 3,078,000,

Ton Miles 213,815,000,

Commercial Vessel Trips 49,362. 

Products shipped include fuel oil, gasoline, asphalt, fertilizers, chemicals, wood chips, wood, limestone, sand, gravel, iron, steel, slag, lime, fabricated metal products, soybeans, vegetables, produce, and electrical machinery.


Recreational Use

   2.7 million registered boats in the region (NC, SC,GA,FL) – the second largest number in the country (source 2005 NMMA boater registration study)

    In FL alone, registered vessels make 16 Million vessel trips per year


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