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Press Releases

If you are interested in searching for press releases prior to 2021, please visit our News Archive.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Rear Admiral (Ret.) Ann Phillips as 20th Administrator of the Maritime Administration

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that Rear Admiral (Rear Adm.) Ann Phillips, USN, Ret., has been confirmed and sworn in as the 20th Administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Nominated by President Biden on October 21, 2021, Rear Adm. Phillips was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 10, 2022. She is the first woman to lead MARAD as administrator.

“From her distinguished naval service to her leadership on coastal infrastructure, Rear

President Biden Adds $234.3 Million to Bolster America’s Port Infrastructure

FY 2022 Appropriations Act Raises Port Infrastructure Development Program Funding to More Than $684 Million, the Highest Total Ever

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that up to $684.3 million is now available for Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) grants, to be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around

MARAD Tackles Culture Change in Maritime Industry

Readout of Roundtable Discussion with Maritime Leaders on Culture Change 

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Acting Administrator Lucinda Lessley hosted a virtual, discussion panel titled “Creating Culture Change: From Intent to Action” with leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard, maritime industry, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and mariner and influencer on April 26, 2022 focusing on

Marine Highway Program Gets $14.8 Million Boost, Application Deadline Extended

Raises Available Marine Highway Grant Funding to nearly $40 Million 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), announced the availability of an additional $14.8 million in funding, for a total of $39.8 million, for the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). MARAD also extended the deadline for applicants to apply for funding to June 17, 2022.    In March, the

New Marine Highway Route, Two New Marine Highway Designations, and A Project Designation Extension Support Supply Chain Resiliency

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the designation of a new Marine Highway Route, two new Marine Highway Projects, and one Project Designation Extension as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). While focusing on supply chain efficiency will have nationwide effects, the states of Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, California, and Oregon will receive new routes, designations, or

MARAD Announces Nearly $20 Million in Funding Available for Small Shipyard Grants 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the availability of nearly $20 million in Fiscal Year 2022 Federal funding to support funding to help modernize small, U.S. shipyards and train workforce in this critical sector. 

MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program strengthens the economic competitiveness of shipyards by providing grants that can be used to purchase equipment or train employees. In addition, the purchase of

MARAD Releases FY 2023 Budget Proposal, Essential to Strengthen Supply Chains, Keep U.S. Competitive in the Global Economy

WASHINGTON – Following the Biden-Harris Administration Presidential Budget submission to Congress on March 28, 2022, the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently released its Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal.  MARAD requests $906.7 million to fund essential investments in the American maritime transportation system, our national sealift capability, port infrastructure, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). 

The President’s Budget

DOT, DOD, and Maritime Industry Work to Strengthen Ready Reserve Force

WASHINGTON – For the first time in over thirty years, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the purchase of two vessels to continue modernizing the Ready Reserve Force (RRF).  

The RRF, a subset of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF), which MARAD manages, was founded to support U.S. military deployments, while also supporting natural disaster relief and mariner training. MARAD is in its 76th year of maintaining the Nation’s

DOT RELEASE: President Biden, U.S. DOT Announce $2.9 Billion of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for Major Infrastructure Projects of Regional or National Significance

Unique Combined Funding Opportunity to Streamline Process for State, Regional and Local Governments 

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced $2.9 billion of funding now available for major infrastructure projects through a combined Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Combining three major discretionary grant programs into one Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant opportunity

DOT Announces New Funding for America’s Marine Highway Program to Strengthen Supply Chains

$25 Million available, the largest single appropriation of funding ever thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law   

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the availability of $25 million in funding for the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP), which supports the development and expanded use of America’s navigable waterways and will help improve our nation’s supply