MARAD Conducts Readiness Activation Exercise
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a Press Release
Tubman Confirmed as Marad Chief Counsel
Former FMC counsel David Tubman has served in FMC Commissioner Doyle's office as counsel since 2013 at U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. After being cleared by the White House and U.S. Department of Transportation late last week, starting today (February 22, 2016), Mr. Tubman will be serving as Chief Counsel in U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). William Doyle, U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner, said in a statement, "David and I have been working together since the beginning of 2002. I know that David will succeed in his new role.
U.S. MARAD Presents Posthumous Medals
On Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Maritime Day observance, U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda will award six posthumous Merchant Marine Medals to the family of Richard Oliver Kelleher, a merchant marine who was killed during World War II. Matsuda will present the medals to Richard Kelleher’s brother, Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines. Established by Congress in 1933, National Maritime Day is Sunday, May 22, and honors the contributions of the American merchant marine. It is a day set aside to observe the nation’s maritime heritage and recognize the industry’s contributions to the nation’s economic and national security. Who: U.S. When: 10:00 a.m. U.S. Source: U.S.
AMP Applauds Chao as Secretary of Transportation
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has issued the following statement on the selection of Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the next United States Secretary of Transportation. “The American Maritime Partnership congratulates Secretary Elaine Chao for her nomination by President-elect Donald J. Trump to be the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation. With vast experience across the maritime industry and prior service at the U.S.
Senate Hearing on USMMA Issues Scheduled
The Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies of the Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing on 5 April to examine protecting midshipmen, focusing on preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Senator Susan Collins (R- ME) will chair the meeting. Details of the event can be found HERE Witnesses will include: Mr. Joel Szabat / Executive Director / U.S. Maritime Administration Rear Admiral James Helis / Superintendent / U.S. Merchant Marine Academy The Honorable Calvin Scovel, III / Inspector General / U.S. Department of Transportation
Secretary Slater Dedicates New Seaway Vessel Traffic Control Center
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater dedicated a new vessel traffic control center at the Saint Lawrence Seaway's Eisenhower Lock. This fully automated system, operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), will improve vessel tracking capabilities on the seaway, making maritime travel safer and more efficient. "This new center will provide users with a seamless source of vessel traffic information covering all sections of the seaway," Secretary Slater said at the dedication ceremony. The new vessel traffic control center was named in honor of Erman Cocci, SLSDC's associate administrator.
Sensitive Security Information Protection
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a technical amendment to the regulations regarding protection of sensitive security information (SSI). The change removes the limiting words “aviation or maritime” in certain places so as to permit sharing of vulnerability assessments and other documents with covered persons regardless of mode of transportation. The change comes into effect immediately. 70 Fed. Reg. 1379 (HK Law).
Pilot Project for Cruise Baggage
The U.S. Department of Transportation has stated that on March 2, 2003 the Transportation Security Administration would demonstrate a pilot project for screening passenger baggage coming off cruise ships headed to Miami International Airport.
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.
Rail Access for Port of Vancouver
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that work can begin on the West Vancouver freight access project in Washington State now that an agreement has been signed between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Port of Vancouver. The project, which received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program, will make safety and efficiency improvements for the entire Port by creating access and eliminating a freight chokepoint. “Building better access for the Port will help move goods in and out of Vancouver more quickly,” said Secretary LaHood.
PCCI Gets MARAD Training Contract
PCCI, Inc. was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation/ U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to provide Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training to Ready Reserve Force (RRF) personnel and key RRF vessel crewmembers. This training will be performed on-site at MARAD reserve fleet sites and at out-port locations throughout the U.S.
Jamian Joins MTLA
Maritime Transport & Logistics Advisors (MTLA) announced the addition of John Jamian, former Acting Maritime Administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, to its select group of Affiliate Members. Currently serving as president of the Seaway Great Lakes Trade Association, Mr. Jamian is a partner in Jamian Fahmy, LLC, based in Washington, D.C. and Michigan, and has extensive experience in international transportation, trade development, and the maritime industry. Most recently, Mr. Jamian served in the Bush Administration as the Acting Maritime Administrator and Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration.
LaHood Green Lights Oahu Container Yard
The U.S. Department of Transportation gave its approval to begin reconstruction of the Pier 29 Container Yard in Honolulu Harbor, Oahu after signing a $24.5m TIGER grant agreement with the Hawaii State Department of Transportation Harbors Division, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced . “The Oahu Pier 29 Container Yard reconstruction project is another example of the Obama Administration’s commitment to modernizing our transportation infrastructure and creating economic opportunities for our maritime community,” said Secretary LaHood. The new pier will increase harbor efficiency and safety by improving 12 acres of existing port yard area to support cargo operations that are vital to Hawaii’s water-dependent economy.
Port of LA is Top Gateway
The Port of Los Angeles became the top U.S. international freight gateway by shipment value in 2003, according to a soon to be released report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. America’s Freight Transportation Gateways shows that Los Angeles’ water port handled $17 billion in export trade and $105 billion in imports, totaling $122 billion in business handled by the port. Los Angeles handled $10 billion more than the $112 billion in freight that moved through JFK International Airport, now the second-ranked international freight gateway in 2003. JFK held the number one position on the list of international freight gateways since 1999, but was overtaken by the Port of Los Angeles last year.
RRF Ship and Crew Receive Award
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a press release stating that the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ship SS FLICKERTAIL STATE and its crew were presented with the Professional Ship Award by Captain William G. Schubert, Maritime Administrator, for their part in Operation Haiti, working under fire delivering supplies and equipment to the U.S. Marine Corps. Source: HK Law
Digimarc to Testify at House Subcommittee Hearing
Digimarc Vice President of Public Policy Tom Gann will testify at the House Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism Hearing on Frequent Traveler Programs, appearing as an industry expert on ID security. Gann will present the positive results from the U.S. Department of Transportation digital watermarking pilot in the State of Nebraska and demonstrate how proven digital watermarking-based solutions can be implemented as a cost-effective means of authenticating driver licenses presented as proof of identity at U.S. borders.
U.S. DOT Report Expects Oceanborne Trade Growth
Global oceanborne commerce is expected to continue to grow three to four percent annually over the next several years, according to a new report released by three agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation. U.S. international waterborne trade, which accounts for about 20 percent of the global total, is also expected to grow at a similar rate. The report, Maritime Trade and Transportation, 1999, is a result of an ongoing cooperative effort by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, MarAd and the USCG. The report reflectes major trends affecting the industry in the 1990s and devotes considerable attention to the safety and environmental goals of the department, as well as to the critical role of the maritime industry in meeting U.S. national security requirements.
MARAD, ABS Sign MOA for NDRF Class and Survey
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has signed a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), establishing policies and procedures for the survey and classification of MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). The MOA establishes a charter that improves the timelines, efficiency and cost effectiveness for surveys and updates terminology, references and regulations. The NDRF includes the Ready Reserve Force…
Report on USCG Vessel Documentation User Fees
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Transportation released its Report on USCG Vessel Documentation User Fees. The OIG audit revealed that user fees collected by the Coast Guard exceeded the cost of providing the vessel documentation service. The Coast Guard streamlined its operations several years ago, but did not adjust its fees to account for its lower costs. The Coast Guard has agreed to adjust its user fees accordingly. Source: HK Law
Federal Grant for High-Speed Ferry Service
The US Department of Transportation has stated that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awarded a grant of $2.2 million for a high-speed ferry service to operate from Bridgeport, Connecticut to LaGuardia Airport and lower Manhattan. Source: HK Law
DOT Offers Electronic Notification
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a press release stating that it is making its rulemakings more accessible by offering an electronic notification service that will allow subscribers to be notified every time a substantive government document is posted in an official docket. Individuals can select which dockets are of interest to them.
Two More Ships Depart James River Fleet
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a Press Release stating that the Canopus and the Compass Island were towed from the James River Reserve Fleet to be dismantled in Teesside, UK. So far this year, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded contracts for removal of 23 ships, with some to be dismantled in the United States. Source: HK LaM
Jaenichen Tours Port of Brownsville
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen today visited the future site of a marine cargo dock at the Port of Brownsville made possible, in part, through a $12 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). “By developing its facilities, the Port of Brownsville will accommodate more cargo, create new regional jobs, and grow the South Texas economy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.