The Maritime Administration provides critical marine transportation outreach activities at our major U.S. gateway ports, starting with 10 of the largest ports on the West, East, and Gulf Coasts, the Great Lakes and the inland river system. Offices are located in these critical areas. These offices work with headquarters staff, state and local authorities, congressional representatives at the local and district level, 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.
These offices identify transportation bottlenecks and ways to improve freight movement. They work with stakeholders to promote collaboration among Federal, state, local and private partners on challenges facing the Marine Transportation System (MTS) in their areas of responsibility, focusing particularly on planning and environmental issues. These offices act as liaisons for the Agency to help ensure that measurable progress is made on specific projects as well as to bring Agency and Departmental expertise to the table.
The Gateway Offices are the Agency's day-to-day presence throughout the Marine Transportation System. They are critical to the viability and effectiveness of the Maritime Administration and its future programs. The Gateway Offices support and place particular emphasis on the following Maritime Administration priorities: America’s Marine Highways Initiative; Port Infrastructure Development; Improved delivery of Federal services to the MTS and ports through regular coordination and leadership at the local level; Development of Deepwater Ports; Support to the Passenger and Cruise Industry (including Ferries); Workforce Development (promoting opportunities for American employment); Emergency Preparedness and Response Activities; and Supports for the Port Security Grants Program.