The U.S. Maritime Administration issued the following news item on Sept. 12, 2019:
Maritime Administration Announces Cargo Preference Training Courses
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the launch of newly-accredited, web-based training courses on cargo preference laws and regulations. The courses were developed in collaboration with Defense Acquisition University (DAU). They are intended to enhance comprehension of and compliance with cargo preference laws by other federal agencies, supporting contractors, and program participants, such as loan and grant recipients.
“Cargo is king in the shipping business and cargo preference laws help U.S.-flag operators remain competitive and put American workers first,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby.
Cargo preference laws and regulations protect the Nation’s cargo interest by statutorily mandating the use of U.S.-flag vessels for cargo purchased, furnished or financed with federal funding. U.S. cargo preference laws require that 100 percent of military and at least 50 percent of non-military government cargo be carried on U.S.-flag vessels.
The MARAD / DAU curricula begins with an introduction to maintaining a U.S.-flag merchant fleet. Additional courses provide further information regarding U.S.-flag vessel requirements pertaining to government cargo. These complimentary courses are available to the public and can be accessed at https://www.dau.edu.