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Maritime Transportation System Advisory Committee Renewed, Seeks Members

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has announced the renewal of the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee. MTSNAC undertakes information-gathering activities, develops technical advice and recommend solutions on matters including (a) impediments hindering effective use of short sea transportation, including the expansion of marine highways, and methods to expand the use of the marine transportation system for freight and passengers, (b) expanding the capacity of U.S. international gateway ports to accommodate larger vessels, (c) improving waterborne transport to reduce congestion and increase mobility throughout the domestic transportation system, (d) strengthening maritime capabilities essential to economic and national security, (e) modernizing the maritime workforce and inspiring and educating the next generation of mariners and (f) fostering maritime innovation.

MARAD is accepting through May 2 nominations to fill approximately 10 positions on this committee for the 2016-2018 charter term. Specifically, the agency seeks to balance the following interests to the extent practicable: state departments of transportation; state, local and tribal officials; local planning offices; shippers, businesses and economic development; freight forwarders; rail, port, trucking and pipeline operations; workforce, including both shipboard and waterfront workers; and safety and environmental interests. Registered lobbyists are not eligible to serve.

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