Improved Cargo Opportunities Within National Maritime Strategy to be Topic of DOT Meeting
The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration will host a public meeting Jan. 14-16, 2014, to gather ideas for improving domestic cargo opportunities and sealift capacity while ensuring future sustainability. Interested parties may attend this meeting in person, view it via live Web streaming, or listen in by phone.
Speaker and topic proposals for the meeting’s agenda are being requested no later than Nov. 29. Proposed agenda items should focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics: fostering and improving the U.S.-flag fleet; improving transportation efficiency, speed, availability and cost-effectiveness; methods to improve overall U.S. economic competitiveness though improvements to the Marine Transportation System; improving transportation efficiency through interoperability with existing infrastructure systems and other modes of transportation; reducing marine transportation pollution and adverse environmental impact; expanding the pool of skilled and available U.S. mariners; developing strategically valuable capacity; increasing economical waterborne carriage for U.S. businesses; improving U.S. port operations and related businesses; improving global business and employment opportunities; and fostering the construction and repair of vessels in U.S. shipyards. The final agenda of the meeting will be posted to Marad’s Web site by Dec. 17.