Elaine L Chao News

22 Oct 2020

North Carolina Ferry System Gains Marine Highway Project Designation

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The North Carolina Ferry System (NCFS) has been designated by the federal Maritime Administration as a Marine Highway Project, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced ThursdayThe designation, a first for the state, will allow the ferry system to apply to the Marine Highway Grant Program, which awards federal funding to modernize vessels and improve infrastructure at terminals. This year’s grant program awarded $9.7 million to marine highway projects across the…

20 Oct 2020

MARAD Accepting Applications for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education

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The U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) said Tuesday it is accepting applications from eligible and qualified institutions to apply for a Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation, which will recognize and support community or technical colleges and maritime training centers that prepare Americans for careers in the maritime industry.‚ÄúThese educational institutions benefit America‚Äôs national security and economy by growing and strengthening our maritime workforce,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L.

15 Oct 2020

MARAD Awards $220 Mln in Port Infrastructure Grants

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More than $220 million in discretionary grant funding has been awarded to improve U.S. port facilities in 16 states and territories through the Maritime Administration‚Äôs (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Thursday.‚ÄúThis $220 million in federal grants will improve America‚Äôs ports with nearly half the projects are located in Opportunity Zones, which were established to revitalize economically distressed communities,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L.

08 Oct 2020

MARAD Launches Port Planning and Investment Toolkit

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has set up a new online resource intended to help U.S. ports plan, evaluate and finance freight transportation projects.The new Marine Highway module of the Port Planning & Investment Toolkit (Toolkit) was produced as part of a cooperative agreement between MARAD and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and is designed to be easy-to-read, easy-to-understand and easy-to-execute, helping to guide ports toward fruitful investments.The goal of the Port Planning & Investment Toolkit is to provide U.S.

04 Sep 2020

Tidewater to Expand Columbia Snake River Service

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Vancouver, Wash. based Tidewater Transportation and Terminals announced it will expand its service on the Columbia Snake River System.The Pacific Northwest focused inland marine transportation company has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) to aid in the expansion of its barge service from the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Ore. to Vancouver, Wash.The expansion will include the procurement of a new barge capable…

23 Jul 2020

Gulf Island Shipyards Delivers Icebreaking Tug to SLSDC

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced it has taken delivery of its new 118-foot icebreaking tug, the Seaway Guardian, in Massena, N.Y. Built by Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, La., the vessel is the first new tug to join SLSDC since the Seaway opened 61 years ago.The new $24 million tug will primarily be used for buoy maintenance and ice management on the St. Lawrence Seaway, replacing the long-serving 62-year-old Robinson Bay, which the SLSDC will maintain as backup.

15 Jun 2020

MarAd Insights: ‚ÄúIn peace and war‚ÄĚ -- Even Against a Virus

The U.S. maritime industry takes great pride in our motto: ‚ÄúIn Peace and War.‚ÄĚ It sums what we‚Äôre all about. From colonial times, through the Revolution, the Civil War, two World Wars, several regional conflicts, and many natural and humanitarian disasters, we got the cargo delivered because our economic security and our national security depend on it.Today, we confront a new kind of enemy: an invisible, debilitating, and too often deadly disease. Yet, just as the courageous merchant‚Ķ

15 Jun 2020

MARAD Awards $9.5 Mln for Marine Highways Projects

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded $9.5 million in grants to eight marine highways projects across the Nation under the America’s Marine Highway Program. The funding supports the enhancement of navigable waterways and expands existing waterborne freight services in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and American Samoa.“This Federal assistance will provide additional options to reduce congestion on the roads and help the surrounding local communities’ and the regions’ economic recovery…

20 Apr 2020

MARAD Awards Nearly $20 Mln for Small Shipyards

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Two dozen small shipyards in the U.S. have received a combined $19.6 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program to help fund upgrades and expansions that often lead to more competitive operations, quality ship construction and improved employee skill.‚ÄúThis $19.6 million federal government investment in the nation‚Äôs small shipyards will help maintain the U. S. shipyard infrastructure of our country,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L.

08 Apr 2020

Philly Shipyard Wins Contract to Build US Training Ships

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Philly Shipyard has been awarded a contract to build up to five National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) that will enable at-sea training for America‚Äôs future mariners and support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in times of need.TOTE Services, selected in May 2019 by the U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) as the vessel construction manager for the NSMV program, placed an initial order with Philly Shipyard for the first two vessels for delivery in Spring and Winter 2023‚Ķ

05 Mar 2020

MARAD to Award $9.5 Mln for Marine Highways

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The U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration today announced the availability of $9.5 million in grant funding for the America‚Äôs Marine Highway Program (AMHP).‚ÄúMarine highways are an efficient and cost-effective option for moving freight and passengers in America,‚ÄĚ said Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The AMHP supports the increased use of the nation‚Äôs navigable waterways to relieve landside congestion, provides new and efficient transportation options, and increases the productivity of the surface transportation system.

02 Mar 2020

US Offering $225 Mln for Ports Infrastructure

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $225 million in discretionary grant funding through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).‚ÄúAmerica‚Äôs ports are a critical part of the Nation‚Äôs multimodal transportation network and this Notice of Funding Opportunity provides guidance on how to apply for these grants,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.The Port Infrastructure Development Program supports U.S.

14 Feb 2020

US Ports Get More Than $280 Mln in MARAD Grants

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that it has awarded more than $280 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. This funding is designed to improve port facilities at or near coastal seaports.The Port Infrastructure Development Program supports efforts by ports and industry stakeholders to improve facility and freight infrastructure to ensure our nation’s freight transportation needs, present and future, are met.

08 Jan 2020

US to Invest in Marine Highways

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The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has will invest $7.5 million in nine Marine Highway projects as it looks to make the movement of cargo and people at sea and on land more efficient.The funding, provided by MARAD’s America’s Marine Highway Program, will go towards enhancing existing services in Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.“This $7.5 million investment will improve our country’s vital fuel-efficient waterway transportation system…

15 Aug 2019

FTA Awards $32.8Mln to U.S. Passenger Ferry

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Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $32.8 million in project selections to improve the safety and reliability of America’s passenger ferries and enhance mobility for ferry users across the United States.A total of nine projects in nine states will receive funding from the FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program."These federal grants invest in marine infrastructure to improve mobility and enhance safety for passenger ferry services across our nation," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.U.S.

22 Nov 2019

$20m Infrastructure Investment in Jacksonville

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U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Administrator, Admiral Mark Buzby formally presented a check for $20 million to Jacksonville for the International Cargo Terminal Modernization Project. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. “The Administration is targeting BUILD Transportation grants to repair…

06 Jan 2020

MARAD Awards Marine Highways Grants

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The U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) on Monday announced more than $7.5 million in grants to nine Marine Highway projects. The funding, provided by MARAD‚Äôs America‚Äôs Marine Highway Program, will go toward enhancing existing services in Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington‚ÄúThis $7.5 million investment will improve our country‚Äôs vital fuel-efficient waterway transportation system, which makes an important contribution to exports and economic growth,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L.

09 Aug 2019

Marad Seeks Input on Domestic Maritime CoE Policy

Marad Administrator Buzby

The U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced progress in establishing Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE), which would recognize and support community colleges and training institutions that prepare Americans for careers in the maritime industry. The Maritime Administration is seeking public comment on the proposed policy.‚ÄúThese educational institutions benefit America‚Äôs national security and economy by growing and strengthening our maritime work force,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L.

25 Jun 2019

Chao to Receive AOTOS Award

U.S. Secretary of Transportation, The Honorable Elaine L. Chao (Photo: USDOT)

The United Seamen‚Äôs Service  announced that U.S. Secretary of Transportation, The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, will receive the 2019 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award based on her career-long commitment to the maritime industry. The other, previously announced recipients are James Given, President of the Seafarers International Union of Canada; Anil Mathur, President and CEO of Alaska Tanker Corp.; and Joseph Pyne, Chairman of the Board of the Kirby Corporation.The award will be presented at the 50th annual AOTOS gala at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City, on November 1, 2019.

17 Jun 2019

MarAd Grants Fuel U.S. Shipyard Growth

Detyens Shipyards, Inc., of Charleston, SC, will be awarded $781,315. (Photo: Eric Haun)

The U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $19.6 million in grants to support capital improvements at 28 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. The grants enable small shipyards to modernize equipment and processes to fuel future growth. ‚ÄúThese grants help create jobs in America‚Äôs small shipyards, which play a significant role in our country‚Äôs maritime sector,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.In 2013, U.S. shipbuilders produced $37.3 billion in gross domestic product.

29 Aug 2019

KP Advisory Board Members Named

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces New Members of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Advisory Board.U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of seven new members to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Advisory Board. The USMMA Advisory Board serves as an independent body whose primary purpose is to examine the course of instruction and management of the Academy to further the accomplishment of its mission, execute its strategic plan…

25 Jul 2019

DOT Secretary Chao Announces Infrastructure Grants

DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Department Proposes $856 Million in INFRA Grants. The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced $855,950,000 in proposed grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. ‚ÄúThis significant federal investment will improve major highways, bridges, ports, and railroads around the country to better connect our communities, and to enhance safety and economic growth,‚ÄĚ said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. INFRA discretionary grants support‚Ķ

30 Jul 2019

U.S. DOT Names Nine Marine Highway Projects

Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao

The U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route that will benefit Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and American Samoa. Marine highways are navigable waterways that can be used as alternate options to traditional shipping methods. ‚ÄúThe designation of marine highways by Congress will help move cargo and people to help grow the economy and shift freight off of congested highways,‚ÄĚ said Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

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