Deputy Maritime Administrator
An ‘Eager Partner’ of Industry

 

December 2012

 

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The new United States deputy maritime administrator recently told industry representatives that advocacy groups and teamwork are vital in promoting a strong U.S. Merchant Marine.

 

Captain Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, a retired U.S. Navy officer who earlier this year was appointed to his post at the Maritime Administration (MarAd), made his remarks Oct. 31 during a luncheon meeting sponsored by the Propeller Club of the United States. Several SIU headquarters officials attended the gathering, which took place in the nation’s capital.

 

Jaenichen said organizations like the Propeller Club, the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) coalition and others are vitally important in boosting American-flag shipping. He also said that when it comes to meeting his agency’s goals, “It’s clear that we cannot do it alone.”

 

He said he is utilizing lessons from his 30-year U.S. Navy career, such as the importance of learning the commercial maritime industry’s history and the decisions that have led to its current state. He described himself as an “eager partner” who is reaching out to, and meeting with, representatives from every component of the industry, including labor.

 

The deputy administrator acknowledged recent cuts to the food aid component of cargo preference and said the administration is working “very diligently” to reverse those losses.

 

Despite the drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, he sees opportunities for U.S.-flag shipping.

 

Finally, Jaenichen wants to strengthen the Maritime Security Program even more, and he repeatedly called for greater backing of the Title XI shipbuilding loan guarantee program.

 

MarAd is an agency within the Departmentof Transportation. Its self-described mission is, in part, to maintain “the health of the merchant marine, since commercial mariners, vessels, and intermodal facilities are vital for supporting national security, and so the agency provides support and information for current mariners, extensive support for educating future mariners, and programs to educate America’s young people about the vital role the maritime industry plays in the lives of all Americans. The Maritime Administration also maintains a fleet of cargo ships in reserve to provide surge sealift during war and national emergencies….”

 

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