Maritime Administration

Maritime Administration The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. The Maritime Administration works in many areas involving ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety.

Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine. The Maritime Administration is also charged with maintaining the health of the merchant marine, since commercial mariners, vessels, and intermodal facilities are vital for supporting national security, and so the age

Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine. The Maritime Administration is also charged with maintaining the health of the merchant marine, since commercial mariners, vessels, and intermodal facilities are vital for supporting national security, and so the age

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10/11/2021
Merl Smith on Captain LaRue

Listen to Merl Smith's description of Captain LaRue - the mariner-turned-missionary who lead his crew to save 14,000 North Korean refugees during the Korean War. #SSMeredithVictory #ShipOfMiracles

The Cape Girardeau went by many names. This break-bulk cargo ship, originally built in 1968, sailed under the name Alask...
10/08/2021

The Cape Girardeau went by many names. This break-bulk cargo ship, originally built in 1968, sailed under the name Alaskan Mail and later President Adams. By the time she joined the Maritime Administration in 1988, she was renamed Cape Girardeau and engaged in cargo operations during Operation DESERT STORM. #FleetFriday #MeettheFleet

The Cape Girardeau went by many names. This break-bulk cargo ship, originally built in 1968, sailed under the name Alaskan Mail and later President Adams. By the time she joined the Maritime Administration in 1988, she was renamed Cape Girardeau and engaged in cargo operations during Operation DESERT STORM. #FleetFriday #MeettheFleet

We educate maritime cadets at large to bolster national security and advance economic security -- each of which are crit...
10/06/2021

We educate maritime cadets at large to bolster national security and advance economic security -- each of which are critical items our NSMV's tackle. See what other factors into these vessels in the maritime industry. #NSMV

We educate maritime cadets at large to bolster national security and advance economic security -- each of which are critical items our NSMV's tackle. See what other factors into these vessels in the maritime industry. #NSMV

As the week closes, we get to feature another vessel on #FleetFriday. Our focus today is Cape Flattery, a steam turbine,...
10/01/2021

As the week closes, we get to feature another vessel on #FleetFriday. Our focus today is Cape Flattery, a steam turbine, single propeller barge carrier that went by the name Del Norte in 1973. She was later acquired by the Maritime Administration for assignment to the Ready Reserve Force in 1987. #MeetTheFleet

As the week closes, we get to feature another vessel on #FleetFriday. Our focus today is Cape Flattery, a steam turbine, single propeller barge carrier that went by the name Del Norte in 1973. She was later acquired by the Maritime Administration for assignment to the Ready Reserve Force in 1987. #MeetTheFleet

Today, we celebrate the seafarers who connect our world - playing a crucial role in world trade. #DidYouKnow internation...
09/30/2021

Today, we celebrate the seafarers who connect our world - playing a crucial role in world trade. #DidYouKnow international shipping transports more than 80% of global trade to communities all over the world? #WorldMaritimeDay #MaritimeImpact

Today, we celebrate the seafarers who connect our world - playing a crucial role in world trade. #DidYouKnow international shipping transports more than 80% of global trade to communities all over the world? #WorldMaritimeDay #MaritimeImpact

MARAD's META Program tests evaluates and demonstrates the viability and applicability of alternative technologies to cur...
09/28/2021

MARAD's META Program tests evaluates and demonstrates the viability and applicability of alternative technologies to curb vessel and port emissions. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3maT58O. #MaritimeImpact #MaritimeIndustry

MARAD's META Program tests evaluates and demonstrates the viability and applicability of alternative technologies to curb vessel and port emissions. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3maT58O. #MaritimeImpact #MaritimeIndustry

09/27/2021
Merl Smith

How did the #ShipOfMiracles end up rescuing 14,000 North Korean refugees? Listen to Merl Smith, engineer of the #SSMeredithVictory, recount the details leading up to the refugees' onboarding. #MaritimeIndustry #Vessels

Cape Juby came to the Maritime Administration in 1986 after nearly a quarter-century at-sea as a breakbulk carrier beari...
09/24/2021

Cape Juby came to the Maritime Administration in 1986 after nearly a quarter-century at-sea as a breakbulk carrier bearing the names Hawaii and Mormacsea. She served in the Ready Reserve Force and Military Sealift Command and sailed during Operation Desert Storm. #FleetFriday #MeetTheFleet

Cape Juby came to the Maritime Administration in 1986 after nearly a quarter-century at-sea as a breakbulk carrier bearing the names Hawaii and Mormacsea. She served in the Ready Reserve Force and Military Sealift Command and sailed during Operation Desert Storm. #FleetFriday #MeetTheFleet

Cape Juby came to the Maritime Administration in 1986 after nearly a quarter century at-sea as a breakbulk carrier beari...
09/24/2021

Cape Juby came to the Maritime Administration in 1986 after nearly a quarter century at-sea as a breakbulk carrier bearing the names Hawaii and Mormacsea. She served in the Ready Reserve Force and Military Sealift Command and sailed during Operation Desert Storm. #FleetFriday #MeetTheFleet

Cape Juby came to the Maritime Administration in 1986 after nearly a quarter century at-sea as a breakbulk carrier bearing the names Hawaii and Mormacsea. She served in the Ready Reserve Force and Military Sealift Command and sailed during Operation Desert Storm. #FleetFriday #MeetTheFleet

In order to reduce emissions, MARAD posted RFPs for vessel emissions reduction demonstration projects. For one, MARAD wo...
09/22/2021

In order to reduce emissions, MARAD posted RFPs for vessel emissions reduction demonstration projects. For one, MARAD worked with the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission to repower an inland tug. In another, MARAD partnered with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to report a harbor tug. Learn how the demonstrations went here: https://bit.ly/2Uuj9Aw. #MaritimeImpact #MaritimeIndustry

In order to reduce emissions, MARAD posted RFPs for vessel emissions reduction demonstration projects. For one, MARAD worked with the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission to repower an inland tug. In another, MARAD partnered with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to report a harbor tug. Learn how the demonstrations went here: https://bit.ly/2Uuj9Aw. #MaritimeImpact #MaritimeIndustry

In order to reduce emissions, MARAD posted RFPs for vessel emissions reduction demonstration projects. For one, MARAD wo...
09/22/2021

In order to reduce emissions, MARAD posted RFPs for vessel emissions reduction demonstration projects. For one, MARAD worked with the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission to repower an inland tug. In another, MARAD partnered with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to report a harbor tug. Learn how the demonstrations went here: https://bit.ly/2Uuj9Aw. #MaritimeImpact #MaritimeIndustry

In order to reduce emissions, MARAD posted RFPs for vessel emissions reduction demonstration projects. For one, MARAD worked with the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission to repower an inland tug. In another, MARAD partnered with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to report a harbor tug. Learn how the demonstrations went here: https://bit.ly/2Uuj9Aw. #MaritimeImpact #MaritimeIndustry

09/21/2021
NSMV 3D Rendering

We can't wait to see this beauty in person! #NSMV #Maritime

09/21/2021
NSMV

We can't wait to see this beauty in person! #NSMV #Maritime

Several technologies can be applied directly to vessels and ports to reduce emissions, but their installation and operat...
09/19/2021

Several technologies can be applied directly to vessels and ports to reduce emissions, but their installation and operation pose significant challenges. Learn how MARAD's Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance Program partnered with several agencies to research the technologies: https://bit.ly/3mdOIK7. #MaritimeImpact

Several technologies can be applied directly to vessels and ports to reduce emissions, but their installation and operation pose significant challenges. Learn how MARAD's Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance Program partnered with several agencies to research the technologies: https://bit.ly/3mdOIK7. #MaritimeImpact

Several technologies can be applied directly to vessels and ports to reduce emissions, but their installation and operat...
09/19/2021

Several technologies can be applied directly to vessels and ports to reduce emissions, but their installation and operation poses significant challenges. Learn how MARAD's Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance Program partnered with several agencies to research the technologies: https://bit.ly/3mdOIK7. #MaritimeImpact

Several technologies can be applied directly to vessels and ports to reduce emissions, but their installation and operation poses significant challenges. Learn how MARAD's Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance Program partnered with several agencies to research the technologies: https://bit.ly/3mdOIK7. #MaritimeImpact

First launched in 1962, Cape Jacob came to MARAD's Ready Reserve Force in 1980. Formerly known by the names California a...
09/17/2021

First launched in 1962, Cape Jacob came to MARAD's Ready Reserve Force in 1980. Formerly known by the names California and Santa Rita, she now resides at Suisun Bay as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet. Did you ever serve on this vessel? Let us know! #FleetFriday #MeetTheFleet

First launched in 1962, Cape Jacob came to MARAD's Ready Reserve Force in 1980. Formerly known by the names California and Santa Rita, she now resides at Suisun Bay as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet. Did you ever serve on this vessel? Let us know! #FleetFriday #MeetTheFleet

First launched in 1962, Cape Jacob came to MARAD's Ready Reserve Force in 1980. Formerly known as California and Santa R...
09/17/2021

First launched in 1962, Cape Jacob came to MARAD's Ready Reserve Force in 1980. Formerly known as California and Santa Rita, she now resides at Suisun Bay as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet. Did you ever serve on this vessel? Let us know! #FleetFriday #MeetTheFleet

First launched in 1962, Cape Jacob came to MARAD's Ready Reserve Force in 1980. Formerly known as California and Santa Rita, she now resides at Suisun Bay as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet. Did you ever serve on this vessel? Let us know! #FleetFriday #MeetTheFleet

Ships need ballast water (the water stored in the ship's hull) to provide stability and improved maneuverability to vess...
09/16/2021

Ships need ballast water (the water stored in the ship's hull) to provide stability and improved maneuverability to vessels. Ballast water can introduce invasive aquatic species, so MARAD funded three independent ballast water management systems to research and test technologies to manage ballast water. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3iViAZI #MaritimeImpact

Ships need ballast water (the water stored in the ship's hull) to provide stability and improved maneuverability to vessels. Ballast water can introduce invasive aquatic species, so MARAD funded three independent ballast water management systems to research and test technologies to manage ballast water. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3iViAZI #MaritimeImpact

MARAD began working with the Department of Energy in 2014 to investigate the marine application of fuel cells as an alte...
09/15/2021

MARAD began working with the Department of Energy in 2014 to investigate the marine application of fuel cells as an alternative energy source. Learn more: https://bit.ly/37Ucv9C. #MaritimeImpact #MaritimeHistory

MARAD began working with the Department of Energy in 2014 to investigate the marine application of fuel cells as an alternative energy source. Learn more: https://bit.ly/37Ucv9C. #MaritimeImpact #MaritimeHistory

By understanding the need for alternative energy sources throughout the maritime industry, MARAD, along with the Departm...
09/15/2021

By understanding the need for alternative energy sources throughout the maritime industry, MARAD, along with the Department of Energy, analyzed fuel cells to identify new power plant technology that uses alternative energy. Thus improving the energy efficiency of applications and produces no harmful emissions at the point of use. Learn more: https://bit.ly/37Ucv9C. #MaritimeImpact

By understanding the need for alternative energy sources throughout the maritime industry, MARAD, along with the Department of Energy, analyzed fuel cells to identify new power plant technology that uses alternative energy. Thus improving the energy efficiency of applications and produces no harmful emissions at the point of use. Learn more: https://bit.ly/37Ucv9C. #MaritimeImpact

MARAD partnered with several national laboratories within the Department of Energy to research biofuels as an alternativ...
09/13/2021

MARAD partnered with several national laboratories within the Department of Energy to research biofuels as an alternative energy source for the maritime industry. Learn about the types of projects, objectives and partnerships here: https://bit.ly/3srhYOF. #MaritimeImpact

MARAD partnered with several national laboratories within the Department of Energy to research biofuels as an alternative energy source for the maritime industry. Learn about the types of projects, objectives and partnerships here: https://bit.ly/3srhYOF. #MaritimeImpact

MARAD partnered with several national laboratories within the Department of Energy to research biofuels as an alternativ...
09/13/2021

MARAD partnered with several national laboratories within the Department of Energy to research biofuels as an alternative energy source for the maritime industry. Learn about the types of projects, objectives and partnerships here: https://bit.ly/3srhYOF. #MaritimeImpact

MARAD partnered with several national laboratories within the Department of Energy to research biofuels as an alternative energy source for the maritime industry. Learn about the types of projects, objectives and partnerships here: https://bit.ly/3srhYOF. #MaritimeImpact

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. We honor all those who lost their lives and those brave h...
09/11/2021
Rescue at Water's Edge: The U.S. Merchant Marine Response to 9/11

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. We honor all those who lost their lives and those brave heroes who risked their lives to save others. U.S. Merchant Marines and USMMA midshipmen evacuated more than 300,000 Lower Manhattan residents. #NeverForget https://bit.ly/3BzvpPQ

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, members of the U.S. Merchant Marine share how they helped evacuate people from lower Manh...

#FBF to this past Saturday’s John W. Brown Community Day in Baltimore! We want to thank the more than 300 visitors who c...
09/10/2021

#FBF to this past Saturday’s John W. Brown Community Day in Baltimore! We want to thank the more than 300 visitors who came out to celebrate and see the N.S. Savannah. We had a great time with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company as well. #Maritime

Today, we feature Cape Bover. Launched as Frederick Lykes, she came to the Maritime Administration in 1989, serving unde...
09/10/2021

Today, we feature Cape Bover. Launched as Frederick Lykes, she came to the Maritime Administration in 1989, serving under her new name in Operation Desert Storm. Now at Suisun Bay, her parts help maintain the Mass Maritime school ship, TS Kennedy. #MeetTheFleet #FleetFriday

Today, we feature Cape Bover. Launched as Frederick Lykes, she came to the Maritime Administration in 1989, serving under her new name in Operation Desert Storm. Now at Suisun Bay, her parts help maintain the Mass Maritime school ship, TS Kennedy. #MeetTheFleet #FleetFriday

Today, we feature Cape Bover. Launched as Frederick Lykes, she came to the Maritime Administration in 1989, serving unde...
09/10/2021

Today, we feature Cape Bover. Launched as Frederick Lykes, she came to the Maritime Administration in 1989, serving under her new name in Operation Desert Storm. Now at Suisun Bay, her parts help maintain the Mass Maritime school ship, TS Kennedy. #MeetTheFleet #FleetFriday

Today, we feature Cape Bover. Launched as Frederick Lykes, she came to the Maritime Administration in 1989, serving under her new name in Operation Desert Storm. Now at Suisun Bay, her parts help maintain the Mass Maritime school ship, TS Kennedy. #MeetTheFleet #FleetFriday

Reminder! Not only will the NSMVs provide state-of-the-art training to future mariners, but they will also have the abil...
09/08/2021

Reminder! Not only will the NSMVs provide state-of-the-art training to future mariners, but they will also have the ability to berth up to 1,000 people during a humanitarian crisis. #NSMV

Reminder! Not only will the NSMVs provide state-of-the-art training to future mariners, but they will also have the ability to berth up to 1,000 people during a humanitarian crisis. #NSMV

Hull biofouling introduces non-indigenous species to an environment when they get collected in a ship's hull and then tr...
09/07/2021

Hull biofouling introduces non-indigenous species to an environment when they get collected in a ship's hull and then transported. Learn about two initiatives MARAD conducted and guided to find a solution to this challenge: https://bit.ly/37Q2MRV. #MaritimeImpact

Hull biofouling introduces non-indigenous species to an environment when they get collected in a ship's hull and then transported. Learn about two initiatives MARAD conducted and guided to find a solution to this challenge: https://bit.ly/37Q2MRV. #MaritimeImpact

09/06/2021
Merl Smith

Listen as Merl Smith, an engineer on the SS Meredith Victory, describes the ship's purpose in supporting American efforts and making his way to Japan. Sometimes, they even found themselves in some dangerous situations. #SSMeredithVictory #ShipOfMiracles

This #FleetFriday, we're looking at USNS Cape Avinoff of the James River Reserve Fleet. Originally a commercial vessel n...
09/03/2021

This #FleetFriday, we're looking at USNS Cape Avinoff of the James River Reserve Fleet. Originally a commercial vessel named African Sun, she was sold to MARAD, renamed and served in the Ready Reserve Force, including during the first Gulf War. #MeetTheFleet

This #FleetFriday, we're looking at USNS Cape Avinoff of the James River Reserve Fleet. Originally a commercial vessel named African Sun, she was sold to MARAD, renamed and served in the Ready Reserve Force, including during the first Gulf War. #MeetTheFleet

This #FleetFriday, we're looking at USNS Cape Avinoff of the James River Reserve Fleet. Originally a commercial vessel n...
09/03/2021

This #FleetFriday, we're looking at USNS Cape Avinoff of the James River Reserve Fleet. Originally a commercial vessel named African Sun, she was sold to MARAD, renamed and served in the Ready Reserve Force, including during the first Gulf War. #MeetTheFleet

This #FleetFriday, we're looking at USNS Cape Avinoff of the James River Reserve Fleet. Originally a commercial vessel named African Sun, she was sold to MARAD, renamed and served in the Ready Reserve Force, including during the first Gulf War. #MeetTheFleet

As ships travel the globe, critters considered harmful to the environment unwittingly get transported in the ballast wat...
09/01/2021

As ships travel the globe, critters considered harmful to the environment unwittingly get transported in the ballast water and on the hull. To prevent this, MARAD has partnered with different members of the maritime community to create solutions. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3fVc6Z3 #MaritimeImpact #GreenEffect

As ships travel the globe, critters considered harmful to the environment unwittingly get transported in the ballast water and on the hull. To prevent this, MARAD has partnered with different members of the maritime community to create solutions. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3fVc6Z3 #MaritimeImpact #GreenEffect

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The MARAD Headquarters staff offices are located at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Our Gateway Offices are located across the nation at 10 of the largest ports on the West, East, and Gulf Coasts, the Great Lakes and the inland river system. These locations include: Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, Long Beach, CA, Houston, TX, St. Louis, MO, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL, New York City, NY, Norfolk, VA, and Miami, FL. To contact MARAD, please email us at [email protected] For more information about interacting with MARAD, as a government organization and operating administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, please review MARAD’s Facebook Policy at [LINK].

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