National Maritime Strategy

The Marine Transportation System is a core component of the United States' economic and national security. While it has proven to be strong and resilient, there is a need to improve and grow the industry to ensure the availability and viability of a U.S. merchant marine in the future.

The Maritime Administration is developing a National Maritime Strategy that will provide recommendations aimed at supporting the growth of the U.S. maritime industry and ensuring the availability of U.S.-flag vessels for our nation’s economic and national security. 

In January 2014, MARAD held a three-day National Maritime Strategy Symposium, where more than 200 maritime stakeholders came together to discuss and respond to the issues facing U.S.-flag vessels.  The purpose of this initial public meeting was to generate ideas that will improve, strengthen, and sustain the cargo opportunities and sealift capacity of the U.S.-flagged fleet engaged in international commercial trade.  To build on that initial effort, MARAD is currently engaging regional leaders in all segments of the U.S. maritime industry to identify concerns and issues facing the domestic side of our maritime industry.  

An additional symposium focused on domestic aspects of the maritime industry will follow as we work to turn the ideas and concepts discussed this week into a structured approach that will have the impact we need. The result should be a policy that keeps America’s sealift capability; protects our long-term economic interests; and maintains the strategic asset of the U.S. Merchant Marine.We invite you to continue submitting your comments and ideas as we develop a national maritime strategy.

Submitting Your Comments and Ideas

Members of the public can still make comments using the Federal Register docket. To submit comments go to www.regulations.gov and type "MARAD-2013-0101" in the "SEARCH" box.

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FIRST NATIONAL MARITIME STRATEGY SYMPOSIUM DOCUMENTS

Agenda

National Maritime Strategy Symposium Agenda 14-16 January, 2014

Webcast

National Maritime Strategy Symposium Webcast 14-16 January, 2014

Presentations 

January 14, 2014 Opening Remarks
  U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
  Opening Remarks
  Congressman John Garamendi
  Opening Remarks
  Flag Fleet Statistics and Trends (Slide Show)
  Acting Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen
  Remarks
  Vice Admiral William A. Brown, Deputy Commander USTRANSCOM
  Lunch Speaker Introductions
  Acting Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen
  Congressional View on Maritime Issues'
  Congressman Duncan Hunter
  National Maritime Policy History
  Ms. Helen Delich Bentley, Former Congresswoman
  Closing Comments
  Acting Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen
   
January 15, 2014 How the National Export Initiative is Working
  Ms. Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U. S. Department of Commerce
  Lunch Speaker Introductions
  Acting Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen
  Remarks
  John Drake, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation
  The EU's Maritime Transport Strategy
  Dr. Felix Leinemann, Transport Counselor, EU Delegation to the US
  Closing Comments
  Acting Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen
   
January 16, 2014 Conference Closing Comments
  Acting Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen