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Press Releases

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

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Funding for 15 Small Shipyards in 12 States to Boost Productivity and Create Jobs


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $8.75 million in grant awards to 15 small shipyards in 12 states through the Small Shipyard Grant Program. The funds will help shipyards modernize, increase productivity, and expand local job opportunities while competing in the global marketplace. 

“Small shipyards are integral to the...

ICYMI: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduates 214 Leaders of Honor and Integrity


KINGS POINTNY – On Saturday, June 22, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point graduated 214 new U.S. Merchant Marine and Military Officers in its Class of 2024 commencement ceremony.

The keynote speaker, Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor, gave the commencement speech before a crowd of more than 3,000, including graduates, family members, and representatives from the federal government, U.S. military, and maritime industry. “You have much to be proud of and the path you...

ICYMI: MARAD Announces Request for Proposal to Establish the First U.S. Center for Maritime Innovation

WASHINGTON - The Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) program is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to establish a United States Center for Maritime Innovation. The center will support the study, research, development, assessment, and deployment of emerging marine technologies and practices related to emerging environmental challenges faced by the maritime...

National Maritime Day


Each year on May 22 our country celebrates National Maritime Day.

The United States has always been and will always be a great maritime nation. From our origins as 13 British colonies, through every period of peace and conflict since, the Merchant Marine has been a pillar in this country’s foundation of prosperity and security. They power the world’s largest economy and strengthen our ties with

National Security Advisor Announced as United States Merchant Marine Academy Commencement Speaker

National Security Advisor Announced as United States Merchant Marine Academy Commencement Speaker

KINGS POINT, NY — Today, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) announced that National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will deliver the 88th commencement address on Saturday, June 22.

“The United States Merchant Marine Academy is pleased to welcome National Security Advisor Sullivan as our commencement speaker,”

Mariner Work-Life Balance Symposium

Join us for the MARAD/CMTS Mariner Work-Life Balance Symposium on April 16, 2024. The symposium will feature an opening session with Father Sinclair Oubre; two panels focused on identifying viable ways to enhance mariner work-life balance (covering topics that will include career progression, training, early exodus from sailing, and much more);

Strategic Plan FY 2022 – 2026: Navigating a Stronger Future

The Maritime Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2026 Strategic Plan reflects the goals and strategies necessary to foster, develop, and promote the United States maritime industry and merchant marine. MARAD recognizes that a strong U.S. maritime industry is critical to America’s national security strategy. Our Nation’s maritime industry faces many challenges, not the least of which include aging Ready Reserve Force ships and a mariner shortage which reduces our ability to adequately

USDOT Announces $450 Million For Ports Available Through the Port Infrastructure Development Program

WASHINGTON – As a part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $450 million in Federal Fiscal Year 2024 funding through MARAD’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

Investments made under the PIDP focus on modernizing the Nation’s coastal and inland waterway ports as well