MARAD Port Infrastructure Development Program

The Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) is a discretionary grant program administered by the Maritime Administration. Funds for the PIDP are awarded on a competitive basis to projects that improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port.

PIDP grants support efforts by ports and industry stakeholders to improve port and related freight infrastructure to meet the nation’s freight transportation needs and ensure our port infrastructure can meet anticipated growth in freight volumes. The PIDP provides funding to ports in both urban and rural areas for planning and capital projects. It also includes a statutory set-aside for small ports to continue to improve and expand their capacity to move freight reliably and efficiently and support local and regional economies.  

PIDP grants can go towards a variety of environmental and emissions mitigation measures including:

– Port electrification and electrification planning

– Development of port or terminal microgrids

– Purchase of cargo handling equipment and related infrastructure

– Other port related activities, including charging infrastructure, electric rubber-tired gantry cranes, and anti-idling technologies

– Harbor craft or equipment replacements or retrofits

– Provision of idling reduction infrastructure

– Worker training to support electrification technology

– Installation of port bunkering facilities from ocean-going vessels for fuels

– Electric vehicle charging or hydrogen refueling infrastructure for drayage and medium or heavy duty trucks and locomotives that service the port and related grid upgrades


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