Mark H Buzby News

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

Photo: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao

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…

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.

14 Nov 2019

10th Annual Maritime Risk Symposium at Suny Maritime

3-Day Event Gathers Industry Leaders to Focus on Risks to the Marine Transportation SystemFrom November 13-15, the 10th annual Maritime Risk Symposium (MRS) will take place at SUNY Maritime College bringing together academics, government, and commercial entities to discuss threats, challenges, and risks associated with the Marine Transportation System (MTS).Key industry leaders participating in the event include First Coast Guard District Commander Rear Admiral Andrew Tiongson, MARAD Administrator Mark ‚ÄúBuz‚ÄĚ Buzby, and New York State Supreme Court Judge John Ingram. ‚ÄúA resilient Marine Transportation System is imperative to our Nation‚Äôs economic prosperity and national security‚Ķ

24 Oct 2019

Maritime Risk Symposium, Nov. 12-15 at SUNY Maritime

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The State University of New York Maritime College, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, National Academy of Sciences, academic institutions, industry partners, and federal, state and local agencies, will host the 10th Annual Maritime Risk Symposium (MRS 2019) Nov. 13-15, 2019, at New York Maritime College located in the Bronx, New York.MRS 2019 will bring together academics, government and commercial entities to discuss the threats, challenges and risks associated with the Marine Transportation System with a focus on current and future marine transportation challenges and threats.

17 Sep 2019

ARC to Christen 3 Vessels on Friday

Image: American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier

American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) will christen the ARC Resolve, ARC Integrity and the ARC Independence, welcoming three of the most versatile and militarily-useful ships to the U.S.-flag commercial fleet, on Friday in the Port of Baltimore.ARC’s three, new vessels will be enrolled in the Maritime Security Program (MSP), the bedrock Congressional maritime readiness program, and the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA).Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby will deliver the keynote address at the ship naming ceremony.

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.

21 May 2019

Tote Named VCM for US Training Ship Build

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Maritime Administrator RADM Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret.), announced TOTE Services, Inc. of Jacksonville Florida as the Vessel Construction Manager (VCM) for the newest class of training ship, the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV).TOTE Services was selected by MARAD as the construction manager for selecting a shipyard and ensuring that commercial best practices are utilized to deliver the NSMV on time and on budget.‚ÄúThe U.S. shipbuilding industry is vital to America‚Äôs economic strength and security,‚ÄĚ said Administrator Buzby. ‚ÄúThe selection of TOTE Services to work with a U.S.

23 Apr 2019

MARAD Awards $6.7m in Marine Highway Grants

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The U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced $6,790,000 in grants to three Marine Highway projects. The funding, provided by MARAD‚Äôs Marine Highway Program, will go towards enhancing existing services in Louisiana and Virginia as well as supporting the development of a new project in New York.‚ÄúThese grants will expand the use of our country‚Äôs waterways, which are essential to our economic growth and vitality,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

07 Mar 2019

On the Hill: Advocacy for Domestic Maritime

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Bipartisan Congressional Leaders Highlight Importance of Jones Act, Employing 650,000 Americans incl. Veterans, for National & Economic Security. Following the signing of an Executive Order by President Donald J. Trump to create an easier pathway for veterans to transition into maritime careers in the U.S. Merchant Marine, congressional and maritime leaders convened for two hearings exploring the state of the domestic maritime industry and the role of the Jones Act. These hearings…

06 Dec 2018

The Top 10 Maritime Stories for 2018

The M/V Steve Golding transits  through the Olmsted Locks in late July. Called by some stakeholders, 'the Manhatten Project' of civil engineering, Olmsted is finally completed at an enormous cost. (CREDIT: USACE)

Choosing the ‚Äėtop stories of 2018‚Äô was, this year, a difficult task. Many compelling story threads played out, dramatically impacting the North American waterfront, and in particular, the workboat sector ‚Äď each in their own unique way. Read on to find out how and why.Autonomous Vessels: Ready or Not, Here They ComeFuturistic, remote-controlled autonomous marine vehicles aren‚Äôt coming. They are here. As the pace of change quickens, autonomous vessels are already providing service and value on the water.

16 Nov 2018

INSIGHTS: Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret)

Mark Buzby, Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration

Rear Admiral Mark Buzby is the Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration.Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby was appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in as Maritime Administrator on August 8, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a position he has held since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2013 with over 34 years of service. A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buzby earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License.

02 Nov 2018

Marad Taps Buono as USMMA Superintendent

Jack Buona, Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby has announced Jack Buono as the new superintendent for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.Buono will take command at the Academy on November 9, having most recently served as President and CEO of ExxonMobil‚Äôs shipping subsidiary, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.‚ÄúAs a Kings Point graduate who spent his entire career in maritime leadership roles, Mr. Buono will help educate and inspire the next generation of maritime cadets,‚ÄĚ said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby.Following his graduation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buono worked his way up from a U.S.

02 Nov 2018

Maritime Administrator Welcomes Cadets to Annual Women on the Water Conference

Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby welcomed female cadets from the seven U.S. maritime academies to the 10th annual Women on the Water Conference, held November 1-3 in Castine, Maine. The conference, sponsored by the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD), showcases the successes of women in the maritime industry.‚ÄúThe demand for a highly trained mariner workforce increases daily,‚ÄĚ said Administrator Buzby. ‚ÄúBy providing our female cadets with the opportunity to learn from other female maritime industry leaders, we hope to inspire them to greater levels of achievement in their careers.‚ÄĚThe Women on the Water Conference‚Ķ

11 Oct 2018

Maritime Administration Issues RFP for NSMV Training Vessels

Vessel Construction Manager Will Deliver National Security Multi-Mission Vessel. Today, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit for a Vessel Construction Manager (VCM) to deliver a new class of training ships referred to as a National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). The VCM selected by MARAD will contract with a qualified shipyard to ensure that commercial best practices are utilized in delivering the NSMV on time and on budget.“A new multi-mission vessel built by an American Shipyard will not only create new jobs…

21 Sep 2018

USMMA to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

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The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) will celebrate 75 years since initial dedication in 1943, at homecoming this weekend. Events scheduled include a 75th anniversary dinner, the season‚Äôs first home football game for the 2-0 Mariners, a parade by the Regiment of Midshipmen, and the ceremony of Beating Retreat.‚ÄúWe are pleased to welcome alumni classes, families and friends for a jam-packed homecoming weekend at USMMA, especially the 75th anniversary events,‚ÄĚ said George Rhynedance‚Ķ

07 Aug 2018

USMMA Outlines Top Priorities in New Strategic Plan

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Today, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point issued its new strategic plan providing guidance and direction for the near-term future of the Academy.The plan, entitled The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Strategic Plan 2018-2023: Navigating Towards the Future Together, describes strategic priorities that will guide the institution for the next five years and beyond, including enriching educational programs; improving institutional culture; infrastructure planning…

24 Jul 2018

MARAD Awards More Than $20 Mln to Small US Shipyards

Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby (Photo: MARAD)

More than $20 million in grant funding has been awarded to support capital improvement projects at 29 small shipyards in 22 states across the U.S.The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program, supports capital improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic growth.‚ÄúThese grants are an investment in our country‚Äôs small shipyards and will help create good jobs for America‚Äôs workers,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L.

02 Jul 2018

Matson Christens First Aloha Class Vessel 'Daniel K. Inouye'

File Image: A rendering of Matson's Aloha class containership.

Largest Containership Built in U.S. Will Serve Hawaii. Matson, a U.S. flag carrier in the Pacific, and Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA (Oslo: PHLY) christened the largest containership ever built in the United States in a ceremony at the Philly Shipyard on Saturday, June 30. The new vessel is named 'Daniel K. Inouye' in honor of Hawaii's late senior U.S. Senator, who was a longstanding supporter of the U.S. maritime industry and its important role in supporting Hawaii's economy.

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