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U.S. Maritime Policy Leaves Something to be Desired

Study Shows U.S. Must Expand Its Focus
 
An independent analysis by IHS Global Insight, Inc., finds that current U.S. maritime policy supports America"s domestic maritime trades ... but it stops short and fails to support U.S. involvement in the international trades. The 72-page report is entitled, "An Evaluation of Maritime Policy in Meeting the Commercial and Security Needs of the United States,- and is available for full viewing at the Maritime Administration website, www.marad.dot.gov.
 
The study evaluates and predicts whether or not U.S. maritime policy will be adequate to meet the requirements of the nation over the course of the next 30 years. All spheres of the country"s needs were addressed ... commercial, economic, security, and environmental. IHS Global advises that changes in national policy are needed to enhance the U.S. maritime industry.
 
Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton said, "It is clear that marine transportation is the most important mode of transportation for future growth of the U.S. economy; but current U.S. policy does not seem to reflect the importance of this mode-and for America to succeed, it must.-
 
Efficiency is where the administration needs to make strides. To help create a stronger marine transportation system, Administrator Connaughton advises U.S. policymakers that government support of the freight transport system must predict and respond to shipping bottlenecks that cause delays and undermine national economic growth.  The main task for policymakers, he says, is to ensure that the maritime system will have adequate capacity and reliability to transport ever increasing volumes of cargo and numbers of people in an efficient and environmentally sound manner.

By Adam Herschkowitz
Get Captain Jobs, Contributing Editor

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