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Press Releases

If you are interested in searching for press releases prior to 2021, please visit our News Archive.

DOT Joins New Federal-State Partnership to Expand Domestic Offshore Wind Supply Chain

MARAD Announces Priority Financing for Offshore Wind Vessels  

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the designation of offshore wind vessels as Vessels of National Interest making them eligible for financial support through the Title XI Federal Ship Financing Program (Title XI). This designation will facilitate more offshore wind construction and will prioritize applications for such projects for review and funding through Title XI. 

The Title XI program...

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces New Members of Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg today announced the appointment of 25 new members to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). The MTSNAC Charter will advise the Secretary, through the Maritime Administration (MARAD) Administrator, on ways to identify and address impediments hindering the effective use of short sea

MARAD Announces Four New Marine Highway Project Designations Projects will be eligible for historic funding to help address supply chain bottlenecks

Projects will be eligible for historic funding to help address supply chain bottlenecks   

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the immediate designation of four new Marine Highway Projects as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). Projects in North Carolina, Alaska, and Puerto Rico will receive these designations. They can now apply for record levels of funding through the Bipartisan

MARAD Honors America’s World War II Merchant Mariners, Releases Information For Veterans Obtaining Duplicate Congressional Gold Medals

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced eligibility criteria for duplicates of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to World War II Merchant Mariners. Eligible World War II Merchant Mariners, or their surviving next of kin, will now be able to request duplicate medals from MARAD.     The Congressional Gold Medal,

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Rear Admiral (Ret.) Ann Phillips as 20th Administrator of the Maritime Administration

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that Rear Admiral (Rear Adm.) Ann Phillips, USN, Ret., has been confirmed and sworn in as the 20th Administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Nominated by President Biden on October 21, 2021, Rear Adm. Phillips was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 10, 2022. She is the first woman to lead MARAD as administrator.

“From her distinguished naval service to her leadership on coastal infrastructure, Rear

President Biden Adds $234.3 Million to Bolster America’s Port Infrastructure

FY 2022 Appropriations Act Raises Port Infrastructure Development Program Funding to More Than $684 Million, the Highest Total Ever

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that up to $684.3 million is now available for Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) grants, to be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around

MARAD Tackles Culture Change in Maritime Industry

Readout of Roundtable Discussion with Maritime Leaders on Culture Change 

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Acting Administrator Lucinda Lessley hosted a virtual, discussion panel titled “Creating Culture Change: From Intent to Action” with leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard, maritime industry, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and mariner and influencer on April 26, 2022 focusing on

Marine Highway Program Gets $14.8 Million Boost, Application Deadline Extended

Raises Available Marine Highway Grant Funding to nearly $40 Million 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), announced the availability of an additional $14.8 million in funding, for a total of $39.8 million, for the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). MARAD also extended the deadline for applicants to apply for funding to June 17, 2022.    In March, the

New Marine Highway Route, Two New Marine Highway Designations, and A Project Designation Extension Support Supply Chain Resiliency

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the designation of a new Marine Highway Route, two new Marine Highway Projects, and one Project Designation Extension as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). While focusing on supply chain efficiency will have nationwide effects, the states of Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, California, and Oregon will receive new routes, designations, or

MARAD Announces Nearly $20 Million in Funding Available for Small Shipyard Grants 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the availability of nearly $20 million in Fiscal Year 2022 Federal funding to support funding to help modernize small, U.S. shipyards and train workforce in this critical sector. 

MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program strengthens the economic competitiveness of shipyards by providing grants that can be used to purchase equipment or train employees. In addition, the purchase of