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Mineta to Address Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council

On Thursday, October 18, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will deliver opening remarks at the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council meeting in Baltimore. The Secretary will brief council members on marine transportation system capacity and port security issues. The council meeting is open for public observation. The council is comprised of leaders from over 30 commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local public entities, recreational boating interests, academics and environmental groups. Its purpose is to advise the Secretary of Transportation on issues involving the Marine Transportation System – a system of waterways…

Maritime Research and Technology Development Releases Report

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today released a report entitled, "Maritime Research and Technology Development." The report reviews U.S. transportation research and technology development with special emphasis on the marine transportation system. The report reviews the history and future needs of U.S. In summary, the report notes that more maritime research and development is needed to improve the ability to move goods, commodities and people. Future improvements in production and business transactions critical to the nation’s economic success cannot be fully realized without innovations in the efficiency and quality of the marine transportation system. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y.

MarAd Names Council Members

The initial members of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) established to advise the U.S. Secretary of Transportation were announced by U.S. Maritime Administrator Clyde J. Hart, Jr. The council will address strategies to ensure a safe, environmentally sound, and secure Marine Transportation System (MTS) that improves the global competitiveness and national security of the U.S.; issues and concerns raised by the marine transportation industry; and other matters at the Secretary's request.

USCG to Co-Sponsor Conference

The U.S. The conference focuses on the importance of the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and how the MTS structure can assist policy- and decision-makers operate efficiently, effectively, and consistently throughout the nation. Key topics will include: Harbor Safety Committee contributions to the Marine Transportation System, strategies for coordination and stakeholder participation at the port level, MTS outreach, port security, and the latest tools and technology available to the ports. The conference will be held at the Argent Hotel in San Francisco, on March 19-20, 2001. An evening reception will be held on March 18. For more information, contact LCDR Greg Case, 202-267-0386 or Karen Bradley, 703-394-4125.

GAO Issues Report on Federal Financing of Marine Transportation System

The General Accounting Office (GAO) issued its Report entitled Marine Transportation: Federal Financing and a Framework for Infrastructure Investments. This Report provided the basis for the agency's recent testimony at the Congressional hearing reported in yesterday's Maritime Items. The Report, which provides an excellent overview of maritime, highway, and aviation funding and expenditures, recommends that national goals be established regarding the marine transportation system, the federal role be defined, funding tools be developed, and results be evaluated. While the federal government spends an average $3.9 billion annually on the marine transportation system, it collects approximately $15.2 billion in customs duties on imports arriving by ship.

MarAd Charters MTS Advisory Council

The Maritime Administration has chartered the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), an outgrowth of Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater's 1999 report to Congress, "An Assessment of the U.S. The council will provide advice to the Secretary of Transportation, via the Maritime Administrator, on the current and future needs of the marine transportation system (MTS) and recommended strategies, policies, and goals for meeting them. The council will consist of no more than 30 representatives from non-federal organizations representing a broad cross-section of MTS stakeholders, including: vessel owners and operators…

U.S. Maritime Advisory Panel Names 10 New Members

Official portrait of Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academics, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary on policies to ensure that the U.S. Marine Transportation System is capable of responding to projected trade increases.

MarAd Issues Concept Paper

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a concept paper – A Vision for the 21st Century – discussing the future of the US Marine Transportation System.

First Great Lakes Security Plan Approved

In accordance with the Maritime Transportation Security Act, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Milwaukee has reviewed and approved the first facility security plan in the Great Lakes region. This regulated facility is one of the first maritime facilities in the United States to receive U. S. Coast Guard approval under the full compliance review process. The Maritime Transportation Security Act requires maritime facilities to conduct facility security assessments and develop facility security plans to deter, detect, and defend against potential terrorists and other criminal activities. On or before July 1, 2004, facilities must begin operating in compliance with their proposed security plans.

Second National Maritime Strategy Symposium

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) will publish a Federal Register Notice on March 24, 2014 inviting the public and Marine Transportation System stakeholders to participate in the agency’s second symposium intended to develop a robust national maritime strategy. The purpose of this second public meeting is to gather ideas to improve the utilization, vitality and competiveness of the Nation’s marine transportation system. The principal focus areas will include, but are not limited to, U.S. ports, domestic shipping, and U.S. Shipyards.

Secretary LaHood Addresses MTSNAC

Secretary LaHood for the Department of Transportation addressed the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council on July 23, 2009. Consistent with America’s Marine Highway Program’s mandates to reduce congestion, conserve energy, and improve the environment, the Secretary charged the Council to better integrate the Marine Transportation System into the surface transportation system. By relocating freight from highways and urban corridors to commercial waterways (where applicable), the same system which provides the transportation of individuals and families in and between cities can provide a more efficient means to move goods to the shelves of retail stores throughout the United States.

Maritime Administrator Praises Work To Improve Security, Efficiency

Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert praised progress being made by an advisory group on recommendations to improve the nation's marine transportation system and enhance its security. During a two-day session in New Orleans that concluded Tuesday, the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) endorsed the work of its SEA-21 working group and said it planned to finalize its recommendations by the end of July. possible,” said Administrator Schubert. The largest group of the draft recommendations focuses on security. international maritime security standards. Efforts to streamline the process for implementing marine transportation system projects.

Foxx Names New Members to Maritime Industry Advisory Panel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academics, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary and the Maritime Administration on policies to ensure that the U.S. Marine Transportation System is capable of responding to projected trade increases. The Committee advises the Secretary on solutions to impediments hindering effective use of short sea transportation and other matters as the Secretary determines.

MTS Research & Technology Coordination Conference

The Interagency Committee on the Marine Transportation System (MTS) is sponsoring the seventh annual MTS Research & Technology Coordination Conference. Topics to be addressed at the Conference, being held in Washington, DC on November 16-17, include security, navigation, and environmental and economic issues related to maritime transportation. Keynote speakers include Dr. Charles McQueary, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology and former Deputy Secretary of Transportation Mortimer Downey. (HK Law)

MTS National Advisory Council to Meet in NY

MTS National Advisory Council to Meet in NY The Marine Transportation System (MTS) National Advisory Council, sponsored by the Secretary of Transportation, will meet in New York on November 14 and 15, 2002. Items on the agenda include review the Council's Team Reports and its SEA-21 proposal.

MTSNAC To Meet in August

The Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), sponsored by the Secretary of Transportation, will meet in Long Beach, Calif., on August 13 and 14, 2002. Items on the agenda include SEA-21 and related issues.

MarAd Seeks Director for Houston Gateway Office

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration is searching for a director for its new Gateway Office in .  The Gateway Offices provide the Maritime Administration with a day-to-day presence throughout the Marine Transportation System.  The new office will work with state and local authorities and a broad range of port, shipper and carrier stakeholders to cooperate on projects, identify federal and state funding, and work on environmental and community challenges in the ports and their intermodal connections.   

Seats Open on New Maritime Advisory Council

The Maritime Administration is accepting applications from prospective members who wish to participate in the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council. MTSNAC advises and makes policy recommendations on the effective use and expansion of America’s Marine Highways; waterways and ports, and related intermodal, road, rail and marine highway connections. Application must be received by November 17. For additional information, contact Richard Lolich at richard.lolich@dot.gov or (202) 366-0704.

US Coast Guard Expands AIS Requirements

The U.S. Coast Guard has expanded Automatic Identification System (AIS) requirements to include additional commercial vessels.    The change, which applies to U.S.- and foreign-flagged vessels that are 300 gross tons or less, went into effect this month.   Most commercial vessels operating on U.S. waterways are required to have AIS, a navigation safety communications system designed to mitigate collisions.   AIS increases situational awareness across the U.S. Marine Transportation System, the vital economic arteries that enable the continuous flow of overseas trade, sustain 13 million jobs and facilitate $3.2 trillion in commerce

New Chair Selected for MTS National Advisory Council

John Gaughan, Vice President of the American Maritime Congress, has been selected as the new chairman of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Gaughan served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director, White House Military Office, for Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. He also served at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as Maritime Administrator from 1985-1989 and as DOT Chief of Staff from 1989-1991. The MTSNAC is a chartered, non-federal body that advises the Secretary of Transportation on Marine Transportation System issues. The Council's membership is comprised of leaders from 30 commercial transportation firms…

Short Sea Shipping Conference Scheduled for November

MARAD is sponsoring the Marine Transportation System (MTS) Second Annual Short Sea Shipping Conference which will be held in Sarasota, Fla. on November 4-6, 2003. It will address future strategies for development of North American short sea shipping services, including shipbuilding, landside infrastructure, and Canadian/Mexican issues.

MTSNAC Meeting Set

The Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council, sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will meet in Seattle, Washington on January 9 and 10. Topics on the agenda include future workforce needs, environmental issues, freight mobility, and public and private data collection efforts, as well as addressing MTSNAC’s ten public/private recommendations. 72 Fed. Reg. 73421 (HK Law)

Agenda for USCG Maritime Security Public Workshop

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued the agenda for its Maritime Security Public Workshop, which will be held in Washington, DC on January 28-30, 2002. The workshop will discuss security procedures, programs, and capabilities within marine transportation systems. The focus of the workshop will be on identifying possible security measures, standards, and responses to threats and acts of crime and terrorism. Source: HK Law

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