In this episode, U.S. Maritime Administrator, Admiral Mark Buzby, sits down with Klaus Luhta to discuss the state of the American maritime industry and where it is going. Admiral Buzz, as he is affectionately called, has prepared all his life for this job.
Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Admiral Buzby felt the call of the sea from an early age. He trained at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy before taking his commission in the Navy.
Spending three decades in the Navy honed the Admiral’s leadership skills. His philosophy is to take care of your people first. Give them the tools they need to do the job. Then get out of the way.
Following his Navy career, Admiral Buzby did just that at the helm of Military Sealift Command, improving the organization’s effectiveness and lifting the morale of its employees and mariners.
Admiral Buzby eventually made his way to head the Maritime Administration, where he advises and assists Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on commercial maritime matters, the U.S. maritime industry, and strategic sealift.
The Maritime Administrator also maintains liaison with public and private organizations concerned with the U.S. maritime industry.
Admiral Buzby was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. This is the earliest a MARAD Administrator for an incoming president has been confirmed in modern history.
The timing of Buzby’s appointment could not be better, as the U.S. maritime industry faces a critical point in its history. With vessel automation, a dramatic mariner shortage and aging vessels, at the top of his list, Admiral Buzby’s mettle will be tested.
In this interview, we learn why he is up for the challenge and how he plans to improve U.S. maritime industry. Check it out below: