National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office Announces Annual Award for MDA Excellence

January 7, 2019 – Directors of the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center and the Joint Regional Intelligence Center-Los Angeles have become the recipients of the annual National Maritime Domain Awareness Executive Steering Committee (MDA ESC) Award. Chief of the Maritime Security Department in the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) John Sanford presented the MDA ESC Award to the directors during the 2018 National Fusion Center Association Annual Training Event in Alexandria, Virginia in December, 2018. “It is certainly an honor to recognize the work of the Orange County Intelligence Assessment…

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Crew of Crowley-Managed SS Wright Awarded Merchant Marine Medals

December 18, 2018 – Officers and crewmembers of SS Wright, a Crowley-managed, U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ship, were recently honored with Merchant Marine Medals for Outstanding Achievement for their duties in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The medals were awarded by Jeff McMahon, MARAD ship operations and maintenance officer (SOMO) for Atlantic Operations, while the vessel was recently in port in Morehead City, N.C. The medals and the MARAD Administrator’s Professional Ship Award recognize the crew’s participation in humanitarian operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)…

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Coast Guard participates in military out load operation

The U.S. Coast Guard worked with partners as part of the Port Readiness Committee to ensure the safe and secure loading of military equipment in the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, during a military out load operation May 7-8, 2018. Along with partners from the Port Readiness Committee, Coast Guard Sector Mobile oversaw the loading of approximately 150 pieces of military equipment during the operation. Agencies and partners that support these operations and the Port Readiness Committee include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Army 842nd Transportation Battalion, U.S.…

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Commissioner Doyle on U.S. Merchant Marine and 2017 Hurricane Relief Efforts

October 6, 2017 Good Morning New York and New Jersey. It’s a great day here in Jersey City. I know that Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao really wanted to attend the 17th Annual Port Industry Day conference today. Even with a long-standing commitment, she tried to make her schedule work. Secretary Chao is a good friend. Before I begin, I want to address this year’s hurricane season. It’s been a tough one – Harvey, Irma and Maria. I am proud of the work performed during the recovery efforts by the…

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MARAD Ships Reactived for Hurricane Harvey Relief

The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) has activated two National Defense Reserve Fleet vessels for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts in Texas. The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College’s training ship, EMPIRE STATE VI, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s training ship, KENNEDY, have received orders to set sail within 10 days for the 4 to 5 day transit from the east coast to the gulf coast of Texas. MARAD also received notification from FEMA to activate the Texas Maritime…

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Maritime Administration Announces $9.8 Million in Grants to Strengthen U.S. Shipyard Competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded $9.8 million to 18 U.S. small shipyards through its Small Shipyard Grant Program. These investments support industrial modernizations that will increase productivity and allow the country’s small shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. “Small shipyards play a significant role in our country’s maritime sector, which contributes to our economy, security, and infrastructure,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “In addition, these grants will support local communities by creating jobs for working families.” Small shipyard facilities vary…

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