U.S. Maritime Industry Stakeholders Rally Behind ‘Strong’ Jones Act

Perla Del Caribe, the second of two LNG-fueled containerships being built by General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego for TOTE Maritime. Photo: NASSCO

  A number of U.S. maritime industry stakeholders rallied together in a strong show of support for the Jones Act during an industry event in New York on Wednesday, sending a clear message to opponents that any attempt repeal the 95-year-old law is severely misguided and not in the best interest of the American people. In his keynote presentation kicking off the third … [Read more...]

MARAD Has $900,000 Available for LNG Conversion Project

The world's first LNG-powered containership launched at the NASSCO shipyard, April 18, 2015. Photo: Department of Transportation

The U.S. Maritime Administration says it has $900,000 in federal funding available to support the conversion of existing U.S. flag vessels to liquified natural gas propulsion. The administration says it is accepting proposals from U.S. ship owners, operators and public sponsors through May 7, 2015. Recipients of the funding will help drive research and assess the public … [Read more...]

MARAD Seeking Comment on Oil and Gas Exports from Deepwater Ports


WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A U.S. agency is considering how the country could export crude oil and natural gas from deepwater ports as the domestic drilling boom adds pressure for Washington to relax trade restrictions and approve shipments of fuel. The U.S. Maritime Administration, or MARAD, is seeking comment on a proposed policy to evaluate applications for building … [Read more...]

Jaenichen: The Jones Act Moves Industry and America’s Economic Prosperity

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen speaks at Tradewinds' Jones Act Shipping Forum held October 8th in New York. Photo (c) Dept. of Transportation

By Paul "Chip" Jaenichen, U.S. Maritime Administrator Our very first Congress singled out the domestic U.S. Merchant Marine as essential to our economy and national defense. That is why, from the beginnings of this nation, they took steps to secure the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet from foreign flag competition in coastwise domestic maritime trade. Senator Wesley L. Jones … [Read more...]

TOTE Secures $324 Million in Government Financing for Dual Fuel Containerships

An artist's rendering of 3,400 TEU Marlin-class,  Image: General Dynamics NASSCO

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the approval of a $324.6 million Title XI loan guarantee to TOTE Shipholdings, Inc. to finance the construction of two of the world's first LNG-fueled containerships. “This is proof-positive that when we work to build America’s green energy economy, we can directly support the creation of meaningful jobs, supporting … [Read more...]

MARAD Releases LNG Bunkering Study

Harvey Gulf's STX-designed dual fuel OSV under construction at Gulf Coast Shipyard. Photo courtesy Gulf Coast Shipyard Group

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has released a comprehensive study examining the options for liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering and the necessary infrastructure, safety, regulatory, and training factors of each in supplying LNG to ships as a propulsion fuel in the maritime sector. The study, which was carried out by classification society DNV GL, examines the … [Read more...]

Jaenichen Confirmed as U.S. Maritime Administrator


The U.S. Senate has confirmed Paul “Chip” Jaenichen as Maritime Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration. Jaenichen has been with MARAD since July 2012 when he was appointed Deputy Maritime Administrator by President Obama. Jaenichen was later appointed Acting Maritime Administrator after the former Maritime Administrator, David Matsuda, resigned from the post in … [Read more...]