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USDOT’s Maritime Administration joins National Maritime Workforce Conference

San Jacinto College, TX / Texas A&M Maritime Academy, TX

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) was pleased to participate in the National Maritime Workforce Conference held in Texas last week.

The conference brought together representatives from academia and industry professionals from across the country to focus on how to enhance and expand maritime, marine technology and port management workforce training at 2-year colleges. Representatives from technical and community colleges

Mariners Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Ask folks unfamiliar with the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) where it’s graduates can be found and they will likely tell you on a cargo ship plying the deep oceans, or in some exotic port on the far side of the globe. And they would be, for the most part correct.

However, most don’t realize that no other federal service academy offers the career options of Kings Point. Yes, many graduates become ship’s officers at sea, and some take jobs ashore in the maritime and intermodal

Statement from the Maritime Administration

The Maritime Administration today announced that RADM James Helis has accepted a position at MARAD headquarters in Washington DC where he will serve as a Special Assistant to the Administrator.  During his six-year assignment as Superintendent, Helis led the response to many complex issues including, financial and management issues which had threatened USMMA’s accreditation.  Under his leadership, the Academy launched several major construction projects as part of its Capital Improvement Plan

National Park Service and Maritime Administration Announce $2.6 Million in Maritime Heritage Preservation

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service announced today $2.6 million in maritime heritage grants to assist funding 34 preservation and education projects in 14 states and the Northern Mariana Islands. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), the National Park Service awarded grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

“From exploration, to industry, and military conflict,

Department of Transportation Announces Availability of Funding for Small Shipyards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the availability of $19.6 million in federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training at small U.S. shipyards. The grants are provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, and help eligible shipyards modernize operations, increase efficiency and reap the benefits of increased productivity.

“Our country’s infrastructure relies on the success of our shipyards,

Maritime Administrator Attends Groundbreaking for Port of Savannah’s Mason Mega Rail Project

SAVANNAH, Ga. –The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby, attended the groundbreaking of the Port of Savannah’s Mason Mega Rail project. The Mason Mega Rail project will support improved freight mobility throughout the area by increasing intermodal container transportation from ship to rail lines servicing the port and significantly reduce landside congestions in and out of the port.

“The maritime industry is a crucial component in the overall economic success

Statement from Maritime Administration on the National Academy of Public Administration Report

With the goal of enhancing the Agency’s program performance and coordination on maritime-related issues, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) requested the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) – a non-profit and non-partisan organization – to undertake an independent review of MARAD’s core functions.  Working with the Administration, MARAD will give full consideration to NAPA’s recommendations, as the Agency continues its efforts to improve its effectiveness, efficiencies, and

Statement from the Maritime Administator

I learned today that my alma mater – Kings Point – has once again received full accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. As I’ve stated since my confirmation hearing, the success of the Academy at every level is one of my highest priorities, and this announcement is confirmation that the US Merchant Marine Academy is getting back on course for providing a world-class educational experience to our future leaders. My thanks to Rear ‎Admiral Helis and his team for

Maritime Administration Announces $9.8 Million in Grants to Strengthen U.S. Shipyard Competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded $9.8 million to 18 U.S. small shipyards through its Small Shipyard Grant Program. These investments support industrial modernizations that will increase productivity and allow the country’s small shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace.

“Small shipyards play a significant role in our country’s maritime sector, which contributes to our economy, security, and infrastructure,” said U.S

Maritime Administration Mobilizes National Defense Reserve Fleet Vessels in Support of Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) has activated two National Defense Reserve Fleet vessels for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts in Texas.

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College’s training ship, EMPIRE STATE VI, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s training ship, KENNEDY, have received orders to set sail within 10 days for the 4 to 5 day transit from the east coast