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Committee NameU.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Transportation
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number5320
Original Establishment Date9/15/1999Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date9/20/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, Mid-Atlantic Gateway
Date Of Renewal Charter9/20/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Amanda
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Rutherford
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (PL. 110-140)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 595-4657
Effective Date Of Authority*8/26/2008Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The committee meets 3-4 times each fiscal year, and in subgroups (e.g., teams) more frequently, to address major issues of concern to the marine transportation sector. The committee has provided the Secretary of Transportation with position papers on specific marine transportation system (MTS) issues at their request and has also prepared position papers, resolutions, and such on other matters, for example, marine highways, port congestion, intermodal transportation, and educational materials.
How is membership balanced?*The committee will have approximately 25 voting members who reflect various perspectives of the marine transportation system. The primary areas of marine transportation system represented by MTSNAC include: (1) industry, such as ship-owners and operators, ports and terminals, shipyards, freight forwarders, beneficial cargo owners, etc.; (2) regional representation across the Nation; (3) relevant policy areas such as supply chain, goods movement, infrastructure financing; and, (4) customers, stakeholders, and providers. Consistent with 46 U.S.C. § 55603, the Committee will include representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency and other Federal, State, and local governmental entities and private sector entities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*At least three meetings of the full committee are held each year, and subcommittees meet more frequently to prepare agenda items for the full committee to consider. The meetings are relevant because they draw from such a broad spectrum of the MTS stakeholders and allow for discussion of broad issues of concern to the MTS.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*It is the only such Government forum that can address all issues that affect the entire maritime sector, and from which the Government can receive advice and recommendations. The Council’s primary role is to undertake information-gathering activities, develop technical advice and present recommendations to the Administrator on matters including but not limited to the following: a. How to address impediments hindering effective use of short sea transportation, including the expansion of America’s Marine Highways, as directed in 46 U.S.C. § 55603; b. Approaches to improve waterborne transportation to reduce congestion and increase mobility throughout the domestic transportation system; c. Methods to expand the capacity and productivity of America’s gateway ports to accommodate larger vessels and increase the velocity of cargo through those ports; d. Ways to strengthen maritime capabilities essential to economic and national security, including the strategic sealift capabilities of our nation; e. Capabilities needed to modernize the maritime workforce and inspire and educate the next generation of mariners; f. How to minimize environmental and community impacts of water transportation; g. Encourage continued innovation in the maritime sector; and, h. Actions MARAD can take to meet its mission to foster, promote, and develop the maritime industry of the United States to meet the economic and security needs of the nation.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksRecommendations made by the MTSNAC are contained in the meeting minutes. The MTSNAC does not issue reports per se.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentSome of the recommendations would require support of proposed legislation.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe MTSNAC serves as a sounding board for both its sponsor, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the Secretary of Transportation.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*12Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThese include recommendations on improving America's Marine Highways, developing a National Maritime Transportation Strategy, on improving the Nation's ports, strengthening the Nation's shipbuilding capacity, and on developing the mariner workforce.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*16.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment2 of 12 recommendations fully implemented. The nature of the recommendations may require legislation and thus may not be fully implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*66.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented Comment8 of 12 recommendations partially implemented.
The nature of the recommendations may require legislation and thus may or may not be fully implemented.
Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is generally provided by MARAD leadership during Committee meetings.Narrative Description*The Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) is working to find water-based solutions to our national transportation congestion problems and to develop various MTS proposals. The MTSNAC has reviewed strategies to identify impediments to the expansion of the Nation's Marine Highways and accommodate the Nation's projected trade growth over the next several decades. These strategies will link ports to regional freight corridors, reduce congestion near our ports, and promote environmental stewardship. Additionally, the MTSNAC created a Maritime Workforce Working Group as directed by the NDAA to examine and assess the size of the pool of United States citizen mariners necessary to support the United States flag fleet in times of national emergency and provided a report on the same. The MTSNAC supports DOT's strategic plan by addressing the issues of safety, mobility, global connectivity, environmental stewardship, and security. The MTSNAC works with stakeholders around the country to address our marine transportation system's capacity, productivity, and overall security. The MTSNAC met twice in FY18.
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032432Education and Awareness Subcommittee2019
 COM-032048International Competition & Global Trends Subcommittee2019
 COM-031247Marine Highway Subcommittee2019
 COM-031368Port Capacity Subcommittee2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001653U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002812U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2016
 COM-003857U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2015
 COM-004701U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2014
 COM-005708U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2013
 COM-006863U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2012
 COM-008008U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2011
 COM-009041U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2010
 COM-010132U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2009
 COM-011135U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2008
 COM-011989U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2007
 COM-012789U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2006
 COM-013830U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2005
 COM-014684U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2004
 COM-015762U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2003
 COM-016676U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2002
 COM-017480U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2001
 COM-018865U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council2000
 COM-032956U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee2018