River Transportation Master Plan Study for Environmental Enhancement

River Transportation Master Plan Study for Environmental Enhancement

Ab Saman Ab Kader (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia) and Oladokun Sulaiman Olanrewaju (University Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4317-8.ch011
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Inland waterways have long been utilized for various purposes including transportation. Since the development of road and rail took place, the use of inland waterways through rivers or canals has been neglected to give way for other modes of transport resulting in environmental degradation. In most developed countries, a revived plan has been formulated in implementing the optimum use of the inland waterways system for transportation purposes including USA, UK, European countries, etc. Malaysia too, owing to a substantial growth in population as well as economy, is experiencing something similar to what developed nations have gone through. With vast river network system in the country, Malaysia would surely wish to put the experiences into practice. A comprehensive master plan study should be undertaken to determine the potential rivers for development as well as to determine the level of development. The chapter highlights some considerations in ensuring the successful implementation of the environmental protection programme by developing and utilizing an environmentally friendly mode of inland water transport in Malaysia.
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Environmental Advantages Of River Transport

The environmental impacts of water transportation vary from river to river and project to project, but in many cases, the environmental impact is not noticeably affected by waterway freight transport. Where it does have a negative impact, the effect is usually minimal.

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