U.S. Yet to Finalize National Maritime Strategy Addressing Challenges to U.S.-Flag Fleet, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Transportation is yet to finalize national maritime strategies that were called were called for in two separate mandates by Congress in 2014, delaying providing decision-makers the information they needed to address challenges facing the U.S. flag fleet, the GAO said in a report. The strategy, which was originally due to be completed in … [Read more...]

U.S. Senate Confirms Chao to Head Transportation Department

In a 93 to 6 vote, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Elaine Chao as head of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Trump Administration. Hours later she was sworn in by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a ceremony at the White House. Chao is former U.S. Labor secretary under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009 and was the first Asian-American woman … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Foxx Names New Members to U.S Maritime Industry Advisory Panel

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), advising on policies to ensure that the U.S. Marine Transportation System is capable of responding to projected trade increases. “The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that America’s … [Read more...]

U.S. DOT Awards $103 Million to Port-related Infrastructure Projects Through TIGER Grant Program

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Thursday announced that 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of $474 million in 2013 through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER discretionary grant program. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or "TIGER" for short, provides the U.S. Department of Transportation with … [Read more...]