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Press Releases

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

Maritime Administration Announces Centers of Excellence Designations for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the designation of 32 Centers of Excellence (CoE) for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education. The designated COEs consist of 50 maritime training locations across 17 states and Guam. The designation recognizes and promotes support to post-secondary maritime training programs that prepare students for careers in the maritime industry. 

“Our country depends on a

DOT Readout of Supply Chain Stakeholder Call on Red Sea Disruptions

On Thursday, as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Multimodal Freight Infrastructure and Policy’s ongoing coordination efforts amid attacks in the Red Sea, DOT convened stakeholders from the federal government as well as the shipping, trucking, rail, port, and other supply chain industries to provide updates and to hear concerns from the industry about mariner safety and supply chain impacts. DOT has been in frequent communication with freight industry partners since

AAPA and MARAD Announce Initiative to Identify National Port Cargo Handling Needs

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) announce a survey of port authorities and marine terminal operators that will identify the national port cargo handling needs of over the next five to ten years.

In addition, through interviews with ports and U.S. manufacturers, this effort will assess the interest and capability of American and foreign manufacturers to produce cargo

New Year’s Message from the Maritime Administrator to US Flag Mariners

As we find ourselves in the home stretch of another trip around the sun, I want to pause and take the time to reflect on how your efforts make MARAD incredibly successful year in and year out. Thank you! 

I am amazed by the unwavering dedication and tremendous work ethic displayed by the crews of our US Flag Fleet Vessels, especially those at sea today, far from friends and family, supporting America’s Armed Forces and critical supply chains.

MARAD’s mission to

Biden-Harris Administration Invests More Than $653 Million in Ports to Strengthen American Supply Chains

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced over $653 million to fund 41 port improvement projects across the nation under the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda – a key pillar of Bidenomics – this funding will help grow capacity and increase efficiency at coastal seaports, Great Lakes ports, and inland river ports. A significant portion of domestic and

USDOT Strengthens Economic Supply Chain and Defense Operations

New investments in the Maritime Security and Tanker Security Programs expand the U.S. flagged fleet while strengthening support to DoD


WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced full enrollment for its Maritime Security Program (MSP) and Tanker Security Program (TSP). Both programs provide the Department of Defense (DoD) with access to a fleet of U.S.-flagged sustainment sealift vessels and product

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Grants to Support More Efficient Supply Chains Running on Our Marine Highways

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded nearly $12 million in grants to eight marine highway projects across the nation under the United States Marine Highway Program (USMHP). The funding will improve the movement of goods along our navigable waterways and expand existing waterborne freight services in Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Texas, Washington

MARAD Selects the Center for Naval Analyses to Examine the Future of the U.S. Maritime Industry

MARAD announces its selection of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) to conduct a study for the purpose of informing a new national maritime strategy. CNA is an independent, nonprofit Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the Department of the Navy with expertise in researching sealift needs for national security.  This new national maritime strategy will be designed to position the U.S. maritime industry as a global leader for decades to come.  Over