The National Association of Waterfront Employers is in support of the Buy American Act as it encourages the growth of infrastructure, economic opportunities, and climate stability at our nation’s ports. Marine Terminal Operators are responsible for the safe and secure transfer of freight and passengers between vessels, trucks and rail at ports. To perform the job effectively and efficiently, cargo handling equipment is necessary. Gone are the days when a human with two hooks can lift all the freight moved today. Containers weigh up to 20 tons – and ship to shore cranes can lift two at a time out of the hold of a ship.
While accepting that Buy American is a brilliant step towards reinforcing infrastructure and machinery that can support America’s growing economic needs, securing federal grant support can be challenging. This diagram was created to illustrate the need to upgrade cargo handling equipment (CHE), the desire to acquire equipment that will result in reduced emissions, thereby helping our climate woes, and how Federal assistance claims to want to help, but is unable to do so due to policy that overrides laws in place.