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Marine Log

April 10, 2007

Marad reorganizes

Later this month, the U.S. Maritime Administration will be moving from the Department of Transportation's 400 7th St SW building in Washington to new offices on New Jersey Avenue. The agency will not only be getting new premises: it will also get a new organizational structure.

You can read U.S. Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton's statement on the changes here and see an organization chart here.

The major operational divisions will be Environment & Compliance; Intermodal System Development; National Security; and Business & Workforce Development

According to the statement, the "new" Maritime Administration will continue to focus on the "legacy areas" of national security, maritime asset development, cargo preference, the training of mariners and the promotion of American shipping. To "strengthen" these efforts, offices and programs will be consolidated.

The major operational divisions will be Environment & Compliance; Intermodal System Development; National Security; and Business & Workforce Development

Marad will also be adding new focus areas. It will establish a new office dedicated to the environment and regulatory compliance. This office will assist other offices within the agency, and will work with industry to develop best management practices and implementation strategies on related issues such as safety, security and the environment.

The Intermodal System Development Office will address port and shoreside transportation system development in order to enhance freight mobility and reduce congestion.

"Gateway Offices" will be opened across the country to serve and communicate with the maritime industry, as well as state and local governments.

The Office of Intermodal Systems Development will oversee:

    congestion mitigation projects, teams and partnerships (new);

    shipper and carrier outreach including customer service evaluations (new);

    port development (expanded), including intermodal connections, and terminals & distribution networks;

    deepwater ports/energy;

    navigation and waterways (new)

    passenger and cruise industry (expanded)

    marine highway [this is what Marad used to call short sea shipping] projects (expanded); and

    gateway offices in current locations at the ports of New York, Norfolk, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, Long Beach, San Francisco, and Seattle; along with two new locations at the ports of Miami and Houston.

The Office of Environment and Compliance will oversee:

    environment (expanded);

    security (expanded);

    safety (new); and

    research and development (expanded)

The Office of Business & Workforce Development will oversee:

    marine and shipyard financing including Title XI, CCF and CRF;

    financial approvals and company analysis;

    cargo preference;

    marine insurance;

    workforce development;

    cabotage trades;

    export initiatives for U.S. maritime entities; and*

    shipyard and shipbuilding development.

The Office of National Security will oversee:

    the Ready Reserve Force;

    the National Defense Reserve Fleets;

    fleet support offices;

    emergency preparedness planning and programs;

    support for civil authorities; and

    vessel recycling.

The Maritime Administration will continue to have an Office of Administration, which will focus on human resources; the chief information officer; acquisition; and management and administrative services.

The Maritime Administration's executive management functions will consist of the leadership team of the maritime administrator, the deputy administrator and their assistants; the chief counsel; the Office of Civil Rights; the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs; the Office of Policy and International Affairs; and a new leadership position, the chief financial officer. The CFO will report directly the maritime administrator and will oversee MARAD's budget and accounting divisions.