Maritime Administration and the U.S. Marine Transportation System: A Vision for the 21st Century   [open pdf - 3MB]

"The Maritime Administration is the advocate for the maritime industry within the U.S. Government. Beyond that, the Agency brings to the table considerable technical and professional experience in vessel design, construction, maintenance and repair, port operations, vessel operations and the financial acumen needed to understand industry investment capabilities and limitations. Yet, unlike other government agencies dealing in the maritime field, the Maritime Administration is not an enforcement or regulatory agency. Rather, it works in concert with industry developing best management practices and voluntary measures to enhance operation and viability of the U.S. Marine Transportation System. In recognition of its unique role with industry, and to revitalize its position as industry facilitator, the Maritime Administration recently engaged in a realignment of resources to: focus more effort and attention on the development of a seamless transportation system serving the Nation's gateways, waterways and ports, oversee the Agency's current U.S. industry support and workforce development activities effectively manage maritime assets in support of the Department of Defense; prepare for maritime emergencies; and implement best practices in the disposition of obsolete ships in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, and address growing regulatory and compliance challenges facing the maritime community in areas affecting environment, security and safety. This realignment is, in reality, the embodiment of, and tangible commitment to achieving the Maritime Administration's 'Vision for the 21st Century.'"

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