Friday, November 1, 2013

MARAD to Hold National Maritime Strategy Meeting

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is inviting marine transportation system stakeholders to participate in a January 2014 discussion to gather ideas for improving the country's cargo opportunities and sealift capacity while ensuring future sustainability.

The public meeting is planned for 9 am to 4:30 pm daily from Jan. 14 through Jan. 16, 2014 in the US Department of Transportation (DOT) West Atrium, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

The public is invited to propose agenda topics and to comment on the ideas submitted by others at, DOT Docket Number MARAD-2013-0101.

Proposed agenda items should focus on, but are not limited to: fostering and improving the US-flag fleet; improving transportation efficiency, speed, availability and cost-effectiveness; methods to improve overall US economic competitiveness though improvements to the Marine Transportation System; improving transportation efficiency through interoperability with existing infrastructure systems and other modes of transportation; reduction of marine transportation pollution and adverse environmental impact; expansion of the pool of skilled and available US mariners; developing strategically valuable capacity; increasing economical waterborne carriage for US businesses; improving US port operations and related businesses; improvement of global business and employment opportunities for the US; and fostering the construction and repair of vessels in US shipyards.

Written proposals for agenda items can be submitted at Parties must submit their input identified by DOT Docket Number MARAD-2013-0101. All submissions must include the agency name and docket number.

The public meeting will be broadcast via live streaming link from
The deadline to submit agenda topics and ideas for discussion is Nov. 29, 2013. Registration for the event opens Dec. 17, 2013 and closes Jan. 3, 2014.