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Friday, April 19, 2019

Mark H Buzby News

Jack Buona, Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Marad Taps Buono as USMMA Superintendent

Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby has announced Jack Buono as the new superintendent for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.Buono will take command at the Academy on November 9, having most recently served as President and CEO of ExxonMobil’s shipping subsidiary, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.“As a Kings Point graduate who spent his entire career in maritime leadership roles, Mr. Buono will help educate and inspire the next generation of maritime cadets,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby.Following his graduation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buono worked his way up from a U.S.

Maritime Administrator Welcomes Cadets to Annual Women on the Water Conference

Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby welcomed female cadets from the seven U.S. maritime academies to the 10th annual Women on the Water Conference, held November 1-3 in Castine, Maine. The conference, sponsored by the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), showcases the successes of women in the maritime industry.“The demand for a highly trained mariner workforce increases daily,” said Administrator Buzby.

Maritime Administration Issues RFP for NSMV Training Vessels

Vessel Construction Manager Will Deliver National Security Multi-Mission Vessel. Today, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit for a Vessel Construction Manager (VCM) to deliver a new class of training ships referred to as a National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). The VCM selected by MARAD will contract with a qualified shipyard to ensure that commercial best practices are utilized in delivering the NSMV on time and on budget.“A new multi-mission vessel built by an American Shipyard will not only create new jobs…

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USMMA to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) will celebrate 75 years since initial dedication in 1943, at homecoming this weekend. Events scheduled include a 75th anniversary dinner, the season’s first home football game for the 2-0 Mariners, a parade by the Regiment of Midshipmen, and the ceremony of Beating Retreat.“We are pleased to welcome alumni classes, families and friends for a jam-packed homecoming weekend at USMMA, especially the 75th anniversary events,” said George Rhynedance…

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MarAd Awards $2.5 Mln Grant to Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) grant to support the current container-on-barge shuttle service operated by SEACOR AMH between New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Memphis, and to launch a new container-on-barge shuttle service on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) in New Orleans.The grant will be used to purchase marine terminal handling equipment for efficient loading and unloading of container-on-barge operations in New Orleans.

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USMMA Outlines Top Priorities in New Strategic Plan

Today, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point issued its new strategic plan providing guidance and direction for the near-term future of the Academy.The plan, entitled The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Strategic Plan 2018-2023: Navigating Towards the Future Together, describes strategic priorities that will guide the institution for the next five years and beyond, including enriching educational programs; improving institutional culture; infrastructure planning…

File Image: A rendering of Matson's Aloha class containership.

Matson Christens First Aloha Class Vessel 'Daniel K. Inouye'

Largest Containership Built in U.S. Will Serve Hawaii. Matson, a U.S. flag carrier in the Pacific, and Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA (Oslo: PHLY) christened the largest containership ever built in the United States in a ceremony at the Philly Shipyard on Saturday, June 30. The new vessel is named 'Daniel K. Inouye' in honor of Hawaii's late senior U.S. Senator, who was a longstanding supporter of the U.S. maritime industry and its important role in supporting Hawaii's economy.

Wicker Highlights Ports' Role in National Security

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., yesterday attending a hearing of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security to consider U.S. maritime policy, asked Mark H. Buzby, the current administrator of the Maritime Administration, to comment on the backlog of project funding requests for the nation’s ports.Wicker said that despite the importance of ports to national security and the nation’s economy, there are no dedicated programs for port infrastructure.

Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby

U.S. DOT: Funding Available for Small Shipyards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the availability of $19.6 million in federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training at small U.S. shipyards. The grants are provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, and help eligible shipyards modernize operations, increase efficiency and reap the benefits of increased productivity. In 2013, U.S. shipbuilders directly employed 110,000 Americans and produced $37.3 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Available to U.S.

From left, GPA Board Member Charles Tarbutton, Savannah Mayor Eddie Deloach, Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood, Tracey Mason, Teresa Waters, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch, Norfolk Southern VP of Business Development and Real Estate Rob Martinez, CSX VP of Intermodal Dean Piacente and Garden City Mayor Don Bethune break ground on the Mason Mega Rail terminal, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Port of Savannah. Photo courtesy Georgia Port Authority

Georgia Ports: Mason Mega Rail Breaks Ground

The Georgia Ports Authority broke ground on its $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal Monday. The expansion will increase the Port of Savannah's rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, and open new markets spanning an arc of cities from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago to Cincinnati. "Today is a great day for Georgia and the nation," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. The Mega Rail ground breaking is the latest in a series of Gov. Deal's signature projects designed to…

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Military to Maritime Digital Career Platform Launched

The American Maritime Partnership today announced the launch of the Military to Maritime digital career platform (www.militarytomaritime.org), which is dedicated to helping veterans find meaningful, family-wage jobs in the maritime industry while supporting America’s national and economic security. Building on the numerous Military to Maritime career fairs across the country, the enhanced digital platform connects veterans with career opportunities in the U.S. shipbuilding and…

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Domestic Maritime Policy: It's Not Business as Usual

An hour with the new U.S. Maritime Administrator, Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret., is as informative as it is refreshing. Sworn in on August 8, 2017, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a position he has held since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2013 with over 34 years of service. A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buzby earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in the US Navy in June 1979…

U.S Secretary of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao administers the Oath of Office to Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret. as Maritime Administrator (L to R: Admiral Mark H. Buzby,  Gina Buzby and Secretary Elaine L. Chao) (Photo: MARAD)

Buzby Sworn in as Maritime Administrator

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret. has been sworn in as the Administrator of the Maritime Administration by U.S Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. As Maritime Administrator, Buzby will lead the agency tasked with promoting the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system; and the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced U.S. merchant marine, sufficient to carry a substantial portion of the Nation’s waterborne commerce, and capable of service in time of war or national emergency.

Mark Buzby (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Buzby Confirmed as MARAD Administrator

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Mark H. Buzby as the new administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). MARAD executive director Joel Szabat had been serving in lieu of the administrator following the departure of outgoing administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen. Buzby, who was nominated by President Donald Trump in June, is a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) alumnus and retired U.S. Navy admiral with a military career spanning over three decades at sea and ashore. He was most recently president and CEO of National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA).

MSC Command at Sea Pins: Photo credit USN

USS Ponce Crew Honored, Command Pins Unveiled

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command, honored 89 members of USS Ponce's crew, presents new in-command pins. The ceremony held aboard Ponce, underway in the Arabian Sea, highlighting accomplishments associated with bringing Ponce into service and on station. Current and past members of Ponce's combined crew of MSC civil service mariners and U.S. Navy Sailors were recognized with a variety of awards and commendations recognizing their efforts to make the Navy's first Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) an operational reality.

Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr. (left), commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, congratulates Art Rowe, the fleet liaison officer. (U.S. Navy photo by Bill Cook)

MSC Refit Team Recognized for Outstanding Performance

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command, recognized 82 MSC military and civilian employees with commendations for their role in refitting USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) during a ceremony yesterday on Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Ponce, formerly an amphibious transport dock ship, was refitted by MSC in approximately five months as an interim Afloat Forward Staging Base and deployed June 1 to U.S. Central Command. Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr., commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and Rear Adm. David M.

(Left to right) Navy Lt. Harlan Kimball, Comfort chaplain; Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command; Navy Capt. David K. Weiss, U.S. Navy Medical Corps; and Navy Capt. Kevin J. Knoop, commanding offer, Medical Treatment Facility, USNS Comfort, participate in Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility change of command ceremony May 25 in Baltimore.

USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility Changes Command

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility changed leadership May 25 as Navy Capt. Kevin J. Knoop assumed command from Navy Capt. David K. Weiss during a ceremony aboard Comfort at Canton Pier in Baltimore. Comfort's primary mission is to serve as an afloat, mobile, acute-surgical medical facility to the U.S. military, with a secondary mission of providing hospital services for disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide. Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility, or MTF, is crewed and maintained by medical personnel from the U.S.

Military Sealift Command Reorganizes

The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command today announced an organization re-alignment designed to increase efficiency while maintaining effectiveness. MSC is implementing the plan to realign three core aspects of the Washington, D.C.,-based command's shore side operations: the roles of three of the command's Senior Executive Service personnel, the number and structure of programs that conduct the command's seagoing missions, and the reporting structure of several field activities.

Myrlie Evers-Wilson, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and ship sponsor of Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Medgar Evers, breaks the traditional bottle of champagne against the ship's hull during the ship's christening ceremony Nov. 12 at the General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego. Photo used with permission by Charlie Neuman, San Diego Union Tribune.

Newest MSC T-AKE-class Ship Christened

USNS Medgar Evers, the newest ship in the U.S. Navy's Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo/ammunition ships operated by Military Sealift Command, was christened Nov. 12 during a morning ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. With the traditional words, "I christen you USNS Medgar Evers," Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of the ship's namesake, broke the traditional bottle of champagne against the bow of the ship. Evers was launched Oct. 29 and is scheduled for delivery to MSC in spring 2012.

The 338-foot-long aluminum catamarans are designed to be fast, flexible and maneuverable even in shallow waters, making them ideal for transporting troops and equipment quickly within a theater of operations. (U.S. Navy photo Courtesy Austal USA/Released)

Navy's First JHSV Christened

USNS Spearhead, the first of the Navy's joint high-speed vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment, was christened Sept. 17 during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. Military Sealift Command will own and operate Spearhead and the other joint high-speed vessels, or JHSVs, that are under contract to be built for the Navy. Spearhead will be crewed by 22 civil service mariners working for MSC who will operate, navigate and maintain the ship.

MSC Completes Antarctica Resupply Mission

Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV BBC Ems departed McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Feb. 13 after delivering more than 84,000 square feet of vital supplies in support of Operation Deep Freeze. ODF is an annual U.S. Air Force-led mission to resupply the remote scientific outpost. BBC Ems followed MSC tanker USNS Richard G. Matthiesen, which delivered more than 5.5 million gallons of crucial diesel, gasoline and jet fuel to McMurdo Station Jan. 29 to Feb. MSC ships…

Photo courtesy Austal

Civilian Mariners to crew Navy JHSVs

The Chief of Naval Operations has approved the Navy's joint high speed vessel (JHSV) crewing approach developed by Military Sealift Command. Because the ships are new and could conduct a wide variety of missions, MSC determined that the best course of action is to institute a pilot program where the first two vessels (JHSV 2 and JHSV 4) will be crewed with civil service mariners, and the following three will be crewed with civilian contract mariners. "Crewing the first two JHSVs…

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Buzby 25th Commander of Military Sealift

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby became the 25th commander of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. The global command, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the ocean transportation provider for the Department of Defense - responsible for the operation of more than 110 civilian-crewed, noncombatant ships, which support military and humanitarian missions worldwide. Buzby, a 30-year Navy veteran, assumed command during a ceremony aboard Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort in Baltimore.