Mr. Andrew Baskin, International Trade Specialist
Maritime Administration at US Department of Transportation (DOT)
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, as well as the viability of the U.S. merchant marine.
MARAD works in many areas involving:
MARAD is also charged with maintaining the health of the merchant marine, since commercial mariners, vessels, and intermodal facilities are vital for supporting national security; accordingly, the agency provides support and information for current mariners, extensive support for educating future mariners, and programs to educate America’s young people about the vital role the maritime industry plays in the lives of all Americans. MARAD also maintains a fleet of cargo ships in reserve to provide surge sea-lift during war and national emergencies, and is responsible for disposing of ships in that fleet, as well as other non-combatant Government ships, as they become obsolete.
As the U.S. Government representative to the OAS-CIP, MARAD chairs the Port Safety and Security Technical Advisory Group. MARAD is pleased to chair this TAG and work with other OAS-CIP members to share best practices, develop lessons, learned and continuously improve port safety and security in the Western Hemisphere.