U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has sworn in Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby (USN, Ret.) as the Administrator of the Maritime Administration.
Prior to his appointment, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), a global association of transportation and logistics professionals. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 2013, Buzby served as the Commander of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) from 2009 to 2013.
“Our maritime industry is facing unprecedented challenges in our increasingly globalized world,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “Administrator Buzby’s extensive naval and maritime background will serve as a tremendous asset to the Maritime Administration.”
As Maritime Administrator, Buzby will lead an agency tasked with promoting the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system; and the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced U.S. merchant marine, sufficient to carry a substantial portion of the Nation’s waterborne commerce, and capable of service in time of war or national emergency. The Maritime Administration also oversees the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
“I grew up on the water, piloting vessels from the time I was nine years old, and have a lifelong love for the sea,” Admiral Buzby said. “It is one of the great honors of my life to serve as Maritime Administrator, and to start working to grow and revitalize the U.S. Merchant Marine, and ensure our nation continues its maritime leadership.”
Buzby is a career Naval officer with over 34 years of service and an extensive background in maritime transportation, having served on the staffs of the Sixth Fleet, the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the Navy staff, and the Joint Staff. Buzby served as the Commander of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) from October 2009 to March 2013 prior to his retirement from the Navy in 2013. MSC is the provider of ocean transportation for the Department of Defense, operating approximately 120 ships daily around the globe.
During his career, Buzby commanded destroyer USS CARNEY (DDG 64), Destroyer Squadron THIRTY-ONE, Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and Joint Task Force GUANTANAMO BAY.
Buzby graduated from U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1979, earning Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Salve Regina University.
The position of Maritime Administrator at MARAD went unfilled since January following the departure of Paul “Chip” Jaenichen. Jaenichen was appointed to the Maritime Administrator role in July 2014 by President Obama, before which he served as Acting Maritime Administrator starting in June 2013. Jaenichen had been Deputy Maritime Administrator since July 2012.