Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: MARAD 18-10
Date: Nov 4 2010
Contact: Cheron Victoria Wicker
Contact Phone: 202-366-5067


4th Annual ‘Women on the Water Conference’ at Texas Maritime Begins Today

GALVESTON, TX – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration expects nearly 200 young professionals in attendance today at the start of its fourth annual career conference designed to highlight opportunities for women in the maritime industry. Galveston Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University is co-sponsoring the event, which will help connect cadets from the federal and state merchant marine academies with professional women who are leaders in the maritime industry.

“We want to encourage young women to consider careers in the maritime industry,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This conference is a great way to connect students with maritime industry professional so they can learn about the opportunities available to them.”

“This conference is a great learning experience for women working in the maritime industry,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “It provides students and professionals with a much-needed opportunity to network with colleagues and keep abreast of current challenges facing the maritime industry and its diverse workforce.”

“This is an excellent opportunity for young women to learn firsthand from successful maritime professionals about the exciting transportation careers that are open to them,” said Maritime Administrator David T. Matsuda. “By providing these opportunities, we can help open doors and minds for young professional women as well as help develop our next generation of maritime leaders.”

The conference will provide maritime cadets and professionals with an open forum for discussions highlighting current issues affecting women in the maritime industry. Further information on the conference can be found at:

The Maritime Administration promotes the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced, United States merchant marine, sufficient to carry the Nation's domestic waterborne commerce and a substantial portion of its waterborne foreign commerce, and capable of service as a naval and military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency.