US announces funding to bolster shipyard competitiveness

Under its Small Shipyard Grant Program, the US MARAD awarded USD 9.8 million to 18 US small shipyards, aiming to support industrial modernizations that will increase productivity and allow more effective competence in the global marketplace.

US National Defense Reserve vessels in support of Harvey

The US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration has deployed two National Defense Reserve Fleet vessels for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency mission, to support recovery operations after Harvey hurricane in Texas.

New study examines economic impact of US waterways

The American Waterways Operators, in cooperation with Maritime Administration, launched a study documenting the contribution of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry to the US economy.

US MARAD urges for vigilance in Gulf of Guinea

US MARAD issued a Maritime Advisory, providing guidance to U.S. flagged operators with vessels transiting the Gulf of Guinea. As pirates/ armed groups operating in the GoG region continue to carry out attacks on vessels, using automatic weapons, US MARAD strongly recommends operators to forward this Advisory to their ships.

US MARAD to fund small shipyards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced it will make available $9.8 million in Federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training at small U.S. shipyards. The grants, provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, aim in a modernization of operations, efficiency improvement and a highly skilled workforce.

US MARAD issues warning for Sulu and Celebes Seas

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued warning concerning the US-flag vessels which transit the Sulu and Celebes Seas. In light of recent boardings and kidnappings for ransom in that area, ship operators are advised to remain vigilant and adhere to counter-piracy measures when transiting the area.

US flag vessels to avoid enter Yemen

The US Maritime Administration issued an advisory recommending that US-flag commercial vessels avoid entering or loitering near Yemen’s Red Sea ports and that vessels transiting the area exercise special vigilance. US MARAD also warns U.S. flagged commercial vessels transiting the region to conduct a pre-voyage risk assessment.

New vessel to join Maritime Security Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation has welcomed the newest vessel to the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in the strategic port of Beaumont, Texas. Renamed the M/V Liberty Passion, the vessel is the third ship owned by Liberty Global Logistics to join the MSP fleet.

US MARAD grants $4.9 Million to support shipyards

MARAD, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, awarded $4.9 million in grants to support capital improvements at nine small shipyards located throughout the United States.


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