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Maritime Administration Announces Vessel Construction Manager for National Security Multi-Mission Vessel

WASHINGTON – Today, Maritime Administrator RADM Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret.), announced TOTE Services, Inc. of Jacksonville Florida as the Vessel Construction Manager (VCM) for the newest class of training ship, the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV).  TOTE Services was selected by MARAD as the construction manager for selecting a shipyard and ensuring that commercial best practices are utilized to deliver the NSMV on time and on budget.


“The U.S. shipbuilding industry

U.S Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces New Members of Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of 29 members to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC).  Established in 2010, the MTSNAC is made up of leaders from commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academia, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary on policies to ensure that the marine transportation system can respond to projected trade

Maritime Administration Awards $6.7 Million in Grants for Marine Highway Projects Throughout the U.S.

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $6,790,000 in grants to three Marine Highway projects.  The funding, provided by MARAD’s Marine Highway Program, will go towards enhancing existing services in Louisiana and Virginia as well as supporting the development of a new project in New York.


“These grants will expand the use of our country’s waterways, which are essential to our economic growth and vitality,” said U.S

Small Shipyard Grant Availability of Funding Announced

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the availability of $20 million in Fiscal Year 2019 federal funding to support small U.S. shipyards.  The Small Shipyard Grant Program helps modernize eligible shipyard operations while assisting in efficiency improvements.


“This investment will support our shipyards and their workers, which will help strengthen the economies of communities across America,” said U.S. Secretary

Maritime Administration Announces New Superintendent for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

WASHINGTON – Today, Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby announced Jack Buono as the new superintendent for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Buono will take command at the Academy on November 9, having most recently served as President and CEO of ExxonMobil’s shipping subsidiary, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.

“As a Kings Point graduate who spent his entire career in maritime leadership roles, Mr. Buono will help educate and inspire the next generation of maritime cadets,” said Maritime Administrator

Maritime Administrator Welcomes Cadets to Annual Women on the Water Conference

CASTINE, Maine – Today, Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby welcomed female cadets from the seven U.S. maritime academies to the 10th annual Women on the Water Conference, held November 1-3 in Castine, Maine. The conference, sponsored by the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), showcases the successes of women in the maritime industry.

“The demand for a highly trained mariner workforce increases daily,”

Maritime Administration Issues Request for Proposal

WASHINGTON – Today, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit for a Vessel Construction Manager (VCM) to deliver a new class of training ships referred to as a National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV).  The VCM selected by MARAD will contract with a qualified shipyard to ensure that commercial best practices are utilized in delivering the NSMV on time and on budget.

“A new multi-mission vessel built by an American Shipyard will not only create

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces New Maritime Administration resources for Paducah, KY

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) will establish a new, dedicated Gateway office in Paducah, KY. Gateway offices provide assistance to public ports and state and local officials in addressing transportation congestion relief and improving freight and passenger movement.

“The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport is a multi-modal center, with waterway, rail, and road connections, and with this level of maritime

Maritime Administration Awards $4.8 Million in Grants

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced $4,872,000 in grants to six Marine Highway projects. The funding, provided by the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Marine Highway program, will help enhance existing marine highways serving ports in Louisiana, Virginia, New York, and Connecticut, and support the development of new container-on-barge services in Kentucky and Rhode Island.

“Strengthening the country’s waterways and domestic seaports

Maritime Administration Announces More Than $20 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded more than $20 million in grants to support capital improvements at 29 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. MARAD’s Small Shipyard grant funding supports capital improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic growth.

“These grants are an investment in our country’s small shipyards and will help create good jobs for America’s workers,” said U.S.