The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. Merchant Marine. The Maritime Administration works in many areas involving ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety. The Maritime Administration is also charged with maintaining the health of the Merchant Marine, since commercial mariners, vessels, and intermodal facilities are vital for supporting national security. As such, the agency provides support and information for current mariners, extensive support for educating future mariners, and programs to educate America’s young people about the vital role the maritime industry plays in the lives of all Americans. Clink on the links below to learn more about the importance of the maritime industry and the U.S. Merchant Marine; its rich history and accomplishments; our efforts to increase the public understanding of this vital industry; and to further advance the use of our nation’s waterway and meet the nation’s transportation, security and energy challenges.