1. This message announces the launch of the new U.S. Maritime Advisory System, which represents the most significant update since 1939 to the U.S. government process for issuing maritime security alerts and advisories. The new system establishes a single federal process to expeditiously provide maritime threat information to maritime industry stakeholders including vessels at sea. In response to valuable feedback from stakeholders, the Maritime Advisory System was developed to streamline, consolidate, and replace maritime threat information previously disseminated in three separate government agency instruments: Special Warnings, MARAD Advisories, and global maritime security related Marine Safety Information Bulletins.
  2. The U.S. Maritime Advisory System includes two types of notifications: A U.S. Maritime Alert and a U.S. Maritime Advisory. Maritime Alerts quickly provide basic threat information to the maritime industry. When amplifying information is available, a more detailed U.S. Maritime Advisory may be issued on a threat and could include recommendations and identify available resources. U.S. Maritime Alerts and U.S. Maritime Advisories will be broadcast by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, emailed to maritime industry stakeholders, and posted to the Maritime Security Communications with Industry (MSCI) web portal, at www.marad.dot.gov/MSCI.
  3. The U.S. Maritime Advisory System is a whole-of-government notification mechanism. The Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Transportation, and Homeland Security, and the intelligence community, supported the development of this new system in coordination with representatives from the U.S. maritime industry through the Alerts, Warnings and Notifications Working Group.
  4. Questions regarding the U.S. Maritime Advisory System may be emailed to MARADSecurity@dot.gov. Additional contact information is available on the MSCI web portal.
  5. This message will automatically expire on July 6, 2017.

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News Release #: MARAD 15-16
Date: Jul 19, 2016
Contact: Kim Strong
Contact Phone: 202.366.5067

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC).  Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academics, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary and the Maritime Administration on policies to ensure that the U.S. Marine Transportation System is capable of responding to projected trade increases.

“The experience and insights of this group will greatly benefit the Federal transportation decision-making process,” said Secretary Foxx.  “This advisory committee will help us take the next critical steps needed to move the National Maritime Transportation Strategy forward.”

The Committee advises the Secretary on solutions to impediments hindering effective use of short sea transportation and other matters as the Secretary determines.  Committee members undertake information-gathering activities and develop technical advice before presenting recommendations.   MTSNAC policy recommendations have led to the expansion of the Marine Transportation System, the integration of Marine Highways into the surface transportation system and the improvement and streamlining of the Title XI ship financing process.

“The maritime industry is facing many challenges and is made up of different interests,” Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen said.  “However, bringing those interests together on this Committee has played a vital role in helping us develop our National Maritime Transportation Strategy to ensure we remain viable and competitive in the 21st Century.  We are extremely grateful for their commitment to advancing our Marine Transportation System.”

MTSNAC is comprised of 40 members from commercial transportation firms, shipbuilding, repair and recycling companies, trade associations, state and local entities, labor organizations, academics and environmental groups.  Committee members serve 2-year terms, with no more than two consecutive term re­appointments, and approximately one-third of members’ terms of office expire every 2 years.

The Department strives to select individuals with in-depth knowledge of their respective industries or government sectors.  Members are nominated through a full and open process published in the Federal Register.

The new members are:

  • Gary Adams, Vice President Global Logistics, Walmart Stores Inc.
  • Robert Berry, Vice President, International Shipbreaking Limited, LLC
  • Gary Brown, Vice President Port Sales, Genesee & Wyoming – Coastal Region
  • Molly Campbell, Director, Port Commerce Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Gregory Faust, Director of Operations, Department of Transportation – Washington State Ferries Division
  • Peter Ford, Chief Strategy Officer, Ports America
  • John Graykowski, Principal, Maritime Industry Consultants
  • Bill Hanson, Vice President, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
  • Daniel Harmon, Director, Maritime Division, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Susan Hayman, Vice President, Health, Safety, Quality & External Affairs, Foss Maritime Company
  • Jared Henry, Vice President – U.S. Government Trade, Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC
  • Tim Hinkley, Senior Vice President – Global Logistics, Hasbro Inc.
  • Jim Kruse, Director, Center for Ports & Waterways, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Gary LaGrange, President & Chief Executive Officer, Port of New Orleans
  • Griff Lynch, Chief Operating Officer/Incoming Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority
  • Jim Pelliccio, President & CEO, Port Newark Container Terminal
  • William Pennella, Vice-Chairman and Executive Vice President, Crowley Maritime Corporation
  • Torey Presti, President, National Shipping Agencies, Inc.
  • Jonathan Rosenthal, Principal, Saybrook Corporate Opportunity Funds
  • Scott Sigman, Transportation & Export Infrastructure Lead, Illinois Soybean Association
  • Anne Strauss-Weider, Director, Freight Planning, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Capt. Richard Suttie, Executive Director, University Advanced Partnership Initiative, Center for Homeland Security and Defense, Naval Postgraduate School
  • John Townsend, Maritime Systems Specialist, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.
  • Dr. Thomas Wakeman III, Research Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Robert Wellner, Executive Vice President, Liberty Global Logistics LLC
  • Thomas Wetherald, Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning, General Dynamics-NASSCO
  • Lisa Wieland, Port Director, Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Brian Wright, President & Chief Executive Officer, Owensboro Riverport Authority

Ex-Officio Non-Voting Members

  • CAPT James Jenkins, USCG, Senior Maritime Safety and Security Advisor to the Secretary, Department of Transportation

 

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Implementation of 46 USC 55305(e)
Advisory on Possible Piracy in High Risk Waters 04 January 2017

Background

Pursuant to its statutory responsibilities under 33 CFR 101.405, the United States Coast Guard from time to time issues Maritime Security Directives designating certain sea areas as “high risk waters” due the possibility of terrorism, piracy or armed robbery against ships.  U.S. flag vessel owners take these designations into consideration in the development of vessel security plans, which must be approved by the Coast Guard.

46 United States Code Section 55305(e) provides that Federal agencies other than the Department of Defense shall, subject to the availability of funds, reimburse U.S. vessel owners or operators for the cost of providing armed security against piracy while carrying U.S. government cargo in high risk waters.  For purposes of subsection 55305(e), “high risk waters” means waters so designated in a Coast Guard Maritime Security Directive in effect on the date an applicable voyage begins, provided that the Secretary of Transportation has either (a) determined that an act of piracy has occurred in such waters within 12 months preceding voyage commencement, or (b) issued an advisory within the preceding 12 months that an act of piracy is possible in such waters.

The Secretary of Transportation has delegated to the Maritime Administration the authority conferred by subsection 55305(e).

Advisory

Effective 04 January 2017, U.S. vessel owners are hereby advised that an act of piracy is possible within high risk waters designated by the Coast Guard in Maritime Security Directive 104-6.

Assistance

Questions pertaining to this Advisory and to implementation of subsection 55305(e) should be directed the Maritime Administration Office of Security at MARADSecurity@dot.gov.

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Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee Members

The U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) Members (As of September 2016) 

Alphabetical by last name

Mr. Gary Adams Walmart Stores Inc.
Mr. John Baker International Longshoremen’s Association, Great Lakes Council
Mr. Richard Berkowitz Transportation Institute
Mr. Robert Berry International Shipbreaking Limited, LLC
Mr. Gary Brown Genesee & Wyoming – Coastal Region
Ms. Molly Campbell Port Commerce Dept., Port of New York/New Jersey
Mr. Vanta Coda II Duluth Seaway Port Authorities
Ms. Kristin Decas Port of Hueneme
Mr. Gregory Faust Washington State Ferries
Mr. Peter Ford Ports America
Mr. John Graykowski Maritime Industry Consultants
Mr. Bill Hanson Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Mr. Daniel Harmon Texas Dept. of Transportation
Ms. Susan Hayman Foss Maritime Company
Mr. Jared Henry Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC
Mr. Tim Hinkley Hasbro Corporation
Capt. Jim Jenkins US Coast Guard
Capt. Lynn Korwatch Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region
Mr. Jim Kruse Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Mr. Gary LaGrange Port of New Orleans
Mr. Mark Locker Ohio Department of Transportation
Mr. Gary Love FAPS, Inc.
Mr. Griff Lynch Georgia Ports Authority
Mr. James Lyons Alabama State Port Authority
Mr. Mike Mabry Chairman, Maritime Transportation System Advisory Committee
Mr. Jim Pelliccio Port Newark Container Terminal
Mr. William Pennella Crowley Maritime Corporation
Mr. Torey Presti National Shipping Agencies, Inc.
Mr. John Reinhart Virginia Port Authority
Mr. Jonathan Rosenthal Saybrook Corporate Opportunity Funds
Mr. Gene Seroka Port of Los Angeles
Mr. Scott Sigman Illinois Soybean Association (c/o FLM+)
Mr. Karl Simon U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ms. Anne Strauss-Weider North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Capt. Richard Suttie Center for Homeland Security and Defense
Mr. John Townsend Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.
Ms. Margaret Vaughan U.S. Exporters Competitive Maritime Council c/o Wood Group Mustang, Inc.
Dr. Thomas Wakeman, III Stevens Institute of Technology
Mr. Robert Wellner Liberty Global Logistics LLC
Mr. Thomas Wetherald General Dynamics-NASSCO
Ms. Lisa Wieland Massachusetts Port Authority
Mr. Brian Wright Owensboro Riverport Authority

For more MTSNAC membership information, please contact:

Eric Shen, Designated Federal Officer (202) 308-8968, or

Capt. Jeffrey Flumignan, Co-Designated Federal Officer (212) 668-2064

1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20590

MTSNAC@dot.gov

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Charter for the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

MARITIME ADMINISTRATION

AMENDED CHARTER FOR THE

U.S. MARITIME TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

MTSNAC Charter September 21, 2016  Filed MTNSAC Charter

 

the Federal Advisory Committee Membership Balance Plan here.

For more MTSNAC Charter information, please contact:

Eric Shen, Designated Federal Officer (202) 308-8968, or

Capt. Jeffrey Flumignan, Co-Designated Federal Officer (212) 668-2064

1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20590

MTSNAC@dot.gov

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Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee

Meeting Information

ACTION:  Notice of Upcoming Meeting.

INFORMATION: The MTSNAC is a Federal advisory committee within MARAD that advises the U.S. Department of Transportation on issues related to the marine transportation system. The MTSNAC was originally established in 1999 and mandated in 2007 by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  The MTSNAC operates in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

Written comments: Persons who wish to submit written comments for consideration by the Committee must email MTSNAC@dot.gov, or send them to MTSNAC Designated Federal Officers via email: MTSNAC@dot.gov, Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W21-307, Washington, DC 20590 no later than 5:00 pm EDT on July 8, 2016 to provide sufficient time for review.

(Authority: 49 CFR part 1.93(a); 5 U.S.C. 552b; 41 CFR parts 102-3; 5 U.S.C. app. Sections 1-16)

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By Order of the Maritime Administrator:

Dated: Oct 7, 2016

Meeting Date Federal Register Notice Agenda Presentation Materials Meeting Minutes

9/28/2017

 

10/18/2016

Fed Register Sept 13

 

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Agenda

 

 

Final October 2016 

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For more MTSNAC meeting information, please contact:

Eric Shen, Designated Federal Officer (202) 308-8968, or

Capt. Jeffrey Flumignan, Co-Designated Federal Officer (212) 668-2064

1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20590

MTSNAC@dot.gov

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Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC)

Overview

The U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC), formerly named the U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Council, is a chartered, non-federal body that advises the U.S. Secretary of Transportation through the Maritime Administrator, on matters relating to the U.S. maritime transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, including the viability of the U.S. Merchant Marine. The MTSNAC is comprised of over 40 leaders from commercial transportation firms, port and water stakeholders, labor, and Federal, state and local public entities. The Committee does not exercise program management responsibilities and makes no decisions directly affecting the programs on which it provides advice.  Decisions directly affecting implementation of maritime policy will remain with the Maritime Administrator and the Department of Transportation.

 

For more MTSNAC information, please contact:

Eric Shen, Designated Federal Officer (202) 308-8968, or

Capt. Jeffrey Flumignan, Co-Designated Federal Officer (212) 668-2064

1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20590

MTSNAC@dot.gov

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Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: MARAD 03-14
Date: Apr 4 2014
Contact: Kim Strong
Contact Phone: 202-366-5807

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Names New Members to Maritime Industry Advisory Panel


WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academics, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary on policies to ensure that the U.S. Marine Transportation System is capable of responding to projected trade increases.

“The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that America’s ports and waterways are capable of meeting the growing demands of moving freight in the 21st century,” said Secretary Foxx.  “This advisory council will help guide us as we continue to invest in American transportation and in America’s future.”

Since 2009, this Administration has awarded over $420 million in TIGER funds to 33 ports and marine highway projects.   These projects are large and small – inland and coastal, and handle 75 percent of America’s exports and imports.  These investments have helped the maritime industry move these exports and imports by water, waterborne transport, and maritime industrial services, which play a vital role in our nation’s economy.MTSNAC policy recommendations have led to the expansion of the Marine Transportation System, the integration of Marine Highways in the surface transportation system and the improvement and streamlining of the Title XI ship financing process.

“This Council is an excellent example of a coordinated approach with the private sector,” Acting Maritime Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen said. “Their expertise and insight inform key decisions as we work to spark growth and ensure the greater efficiency of our Marine Transportation System.”

MTSNAC is comprised of 29 members from commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local entities, labor organizations, academics and environmental groups. Council members will serve 2-year terms, with no more than two consecutive term reappointments, and approximately one-third of members’ terms of office shall expire every 2 years.  

The Department strives to select dynamic individuals with in-depth knowledge of their respective industries or government sectors. Members are nominated through a full and open process published in the Federal Register.

The new members are:

 Betty Sutton, Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), Washington, D.C.

 William Cook, Director, Worldwide Logistics and Customs, Chrysler Group, LLC, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Wayne Darbeau, President and CEO, San Diego United Port District, San Diego, Calif.

Gary Lee Moore, Interim Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.

Captain Lynn Korwatch, Executive Director, Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region, San Francisco, Calif.

Charles Fabrikant, Executive Chairman, SEACOR Holdings, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Kevin Schoeben, Deputy Director, Office of Planning and Programming, Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield, Ill.

William Friedman, President and CEO, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Cleveland, Ohio

Gary Love, Vice President for Sales and Marketing at FAPS, Inc., Port Newark, N.J.

Richard Berkowitz, Director of Pacific Coast Operations, Transportation Institute, Seattle, Wash.

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Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: MARAD 06-13
Date: May 30 2013
Contact: Kim Strong
Contact Phone: 202-366-5807

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Names U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Advisory Board


WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the appointment of seven members to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Advisory Board.   The USMMA Advisory Board serves as an independent body whose purpose is to examine the course of instruction and management at the Academy and advise the USMMA Superintendent and Maritime Administrator to ensure the best possible educational atmosphere for all midshipmen.

“The Department is committed to providing every midshipman at Kings Point the highest-quality education possible,” said Secretary LaHood.  “This board will help the Academy achieve its strategic plan goals.  Their experience and expertise will further its mission to educate and graduate the best-qualified merchant mariners who will be the future leaders in the global maritime industry.”

The Board will advise the Academy’s Superintendent on academic, organizational, and institutional best practices.  Its members, selected by the Secretary of Transportation, will also review the implementation of the Academy’s strategic plan as well as the Academy’s fiscal soundness, curriculum, morale and campus climate, student life, diversity and facilities.

“Kings Point graduates go on to careers in global transportation,” said USMMA Superintendent RADM James Helis, Ph.D.  “It is essential that we have an Advisory Board that helps the Academy stay current on maritime industry trends and educational best practices.  I look forward to working with the members of the Board.”

By statute, Advisory Board members must be individuals distinguished in education and fields related to the Academy’s mission.  In appointing new members to the Advisory Board, the Department sought candidates with expertise in areas related to the Academy’s strategic plan, academic excellence, leadership development, and current maritime industry needs and trends.  The seven Advisory Board members are appointed for not more than three years and must include one graduate from the Academy within the past six to 10 years.

The new members are:

Dr. Sharon van Wyk, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, American Public University System 

Dr. Kathy Humphrey, Vice Provost and Dean of Students, University of Pittsburgh 

Dr. Laurie Leshin, Dean of the School of Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  

Mr. Marty Linsky, J.D., Faculty, Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Founder, Cambridge Leadership Associates

Lt. Manuel Maddox, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2006 

Mr. Bill Pennella, Vice Chairman of the Board and Executive Vice President, Crowley Maritime Corporation 

Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Professor, Department of Global Studies and Geography, Hofstra University

 

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Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: MARAD 09-11
Date: Aug 26 2011
Contact: Kim Riddle
Contact Phone: 202-366-5067

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Names Maritime Industry Advisory Panel


WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today announced the appointment of 29 members to the new Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), established to advise the Department on matters relating to marine transportation.

“Shifting some of our freight from the highways to open inland waterways is a fuel-efficient, cost-effective way to move goods and reduce roadway congestion,” said Secretary LaHood. “The recommendations developed by the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council will help us increase transportation efficiency, improve the environment and grow the economy.”

The Department will task the MTSNAC with developing recommendations on establishing new marine highway services and port infrastructure development, among other issues.

“The experience brought to bear by this diverse panel is impressive,” said Maritime Administrator David Matsuda.  “These maritime experts have a lot to contribute. I look forward to their advice as we tackle the industry’s most pressing challenges.”

In creating the MTSNAC, the Department sought members with exemplary experience in serving on other government and industry maritime advisory panels.  Members were nominated through a full and open process published in the Federal Register.

The new members are:

         Sarah Dunham, Director, Transportation and Climate Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

         John Parrott, President, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc., Federal Way, WA

         Craig Philip, President and CEO, Ingram Barge Lines, Nashville, TN

         Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., President and CEO, Crowley Maritime Corp., Oakland, CA

         John Kaltenstein, Marine Program Manager, Friends of the Earth, San Francisco, CA 

         David Moseley, Assistant Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division, Seattle, WA

         Genevieve Boehm Clifton, Manager, Office of Maritime Resources, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Trenton, NJ

         Alice Cheng, President, Cheng Solutions, LLC, Brooklyn, NY 

         Jeffrey Platt, Chief Operating Officer, Tidewater Marine, New Orleans, Louisiana 

         Fred Harris, President, NASSCO, General Dynamics, San Diego, CA

         Jerry A. Bridges, Executive Director, Virginia Port Authority, Norfolk, VA

         Timothy L. Byrd, Director, Global Logistics, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Inc., Wilmington, DE

         Michelle Noble, International Trade Operations Leader for North America, Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH

         Faye Stewart, President, Faye Stewart Transportation Services LLC, Glendale, AZ 

         Judith A. Druskovich, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Traverse City, MI 

         Omar Benjamin, Executive Director, Port of Oakland, Oakland, CA

         James Lyons, Director and CEO, Alabama State Port Authority, Mobile, AL

         Adolph Ojard, Executive Director, Port of Duluth, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Duluth, MN

         James R. (Randy) Richardson, Executive Director, Port of Memphis, Memphis, TN

         John Baker, President of the Great lakes District Council, International Longshoremen’s Association, Cleveland, OH

         Mark Locker, Administrator, Office of Maritime and Freight Mobility, Ohio Department of Transportation, Columbus, OH

         Ron Mitchum, Executive Director, Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, Charleston, SC

         Gary Gallegos, Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments, San Diego, CA

         Augustin Tellez, Executive Vice President, Seafarers International Union of North America, Camp Springs, MD 

         Thomas J. Simmers, President and CEO, Ceres Terminals, Inc., East Brunswick, NJ

         Rick Larrabee, Director, Port Commerce Department, Port of New York/New Jersey, New York, NY

         Joseph M. Mabry, Executive Vice President of Logistics and Distribution, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Mooresville, NC

         Mark Barker, President, Interlake Steamship Company, Richfield, OH

         Margaret Vaughan, Representative, U.S. Exporters Competitive Maritime Council, Houston, TX 

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