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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Awards $7.5 Million in Grants for America's Marine Highways

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced more than $7.5 million in grants to nine Marine Highway projects.  The funding, provided by MARAD’s America’s Marine Highway Program, will go towards enhancing existing services in Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington

“This $7.5 million investment will improve our country’s vital fuel-efficient waterway transportation system, which

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $20 Million Infrastructure Investment in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Deputy Administrator, Richard Balzano formally presented a check for $20 million to Jacksonville for the International Cargo Terminal Modernization Project. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $18 Million Infrastructure Investment in Beaumont

BEAUMONT – U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Administrator, Admiral Mark Buzby formally presented a check for $18 million to Beaumont for the Port of Beaumont Multimodal Corridor Expansion and Improvement Project. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao on November 12, announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary

Maritime Administrator Presents Gallant Ship Citation Award to the Crew of U.S. Flag Ship M/V Green Lake for Daring Rescue Actions at Sea

NEW YORK – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator, Mark H. Buzby, presented the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Gallant Ship Citation Award and U.S. Merchant Marine Medals for Outstanding Achievement to the crew of the U.S.-flag ship M/V GREEN LAKE. The awards were given for the crew’s unprecedented rescue efforts in response to the horrific fire aboard the foreign-flag vessel M/V SINCERITY ACE in the northern Pacific Ocean on December 31, 2018.  Administrator

Maritime Administration Announces Cargo Preference Training Courses

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the launch of newly-accredited, web-based training courses on cargo preference laws and regulations.  The courses were developed in collaboration with Defense Acquisition University (DAU).  They are intended to enhance comprehension of and compliance with cargo preference laws by other federal agencies, supporting contractors, and program participants, such as loan and grant recipients.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces New Members of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of seven new members to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Advisory Board. The USMMA Advisory Board serves as an independent body whose primary purpose is to examine the course of instruction and management of the Academy to further the accomplishment of its mission, execute its strategic plan, and help advance the midshipmen’s professional knowledge and skills.

“The Department is

Maritime Administration Seeks Comments on Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Designation Policy

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced progress in establishing Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE), which would recognize and support community colleges and training institutions that prepare Americans for careers in the maritime industry. The Maritime Administration is seeking public comment on the proposed policy.

“These educational institutions benefit America’s national

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Nine New Marine Highway Project Designations

WASHINGTON, DC –  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route that will benefit Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and American Samoa. Marine highways are navigable waterways that can be used as alternate options to traditional shipping methods.

“The designation of marine highways by Congress will help move cargo and people to

U.S. Department of Transportation Launches Port Infrastructure Development Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $292.7 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program.

“This major investment in the Port Infrastructure Development Program will help strengthen, modernize, and improve our country’s maritime systems and gateway ports,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

As the Administration continues to invest in

U.S Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Over $19 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $19.6 million in grants to support capital improvements at 28 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. Provided through MARAD's Small Shipyards Grant program, the funding supports employee trainng and related improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic growth.

“These grants help create jobs in America’s small shipyards, which play a significant role