The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted $30m to launch an inland marine highway service according to the Port of West Sacramento.

The fund under $1.5bn Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery programme will be shared by the ports in West Sacramento, Oakland and Stockton.

The Port of West Sacramento will use a portion of the funding to construct a crane and other facilities needed for handling container cargo.

The fund will also be used to initiate a container barge service between the three ports as an alternative to existing truck and rail infrastructure.

The proposed marine highway project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, relieve congestion on Northern California and Central California highways.