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Maritime Administration

1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590



Deputy Administrator Richard Balzano

The above list of key personnel was updated 2–2018.

The above list of key personnel was updated 2–2018.

The Maritime Administration was established by Reorganization Plan No. 21 of 1950 (5 U.S.C. app.). The Maritime Act of 1981 (46 U.S.C. 1601) transferred the Maritime Administration to the DOT. The Administration manages programs that help develop and promote the U.S. merchant marine and its operations. It also organizes and directs emergency merchant ship operations.

The Administration serves as the DOT's waterborne transportation agency. Its programs promote waterborne transportation use, the seamless integration of waterborne transportation with other parts of the transportation system, and U.S. merchant marine viability. The Administration's activities involve ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, safety, and the environment. It also maintains the health of the merchant marine—commercial mariners, vessels, and intermodal facilities contribute significantly to national security. The Administration, therefore, supports current mariners, helps educate future mariners, and informs Americans about the maritime industry and how it benefits them. Recently, the Administration realigned its functions to be more effective as an industry promoter and to focus more attention on the environment and safety.

The Administration administers the Maritime Security Program, which maintains a core fleet of U.S.-flag, privately-owned ships that operate in international commerce. Under agreement, these ships are available to provide needed capacity, during war and national emergencies, to meet Department of Defense requirements.

It also administers the Ready Reserve Force program to facilitate deployment of U.S. military forces—rapidly and worldwide. The Force primarily supports transport of Army and Marine Corps unit equipment and combat support equipment. The Force also supports initial resupply during the critical surge period before commercial ships become available. The program provides nearly one-half of the Government-owned surge sealift capability.

For information on the Administration's 10 Gateway Offices, visit the "Gateway Presence" Web page.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

Links to business services are available on the Administration's Web site.

The Administration uses FedBizOpps.Gov for announcing solicitations and requests for comments.

Career Opportunities

For information, visit the "Careers" Web page.

In 2016, the Maritime Administration ranked 79th among 305 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Data / Statistics

The Administration's Web site features an open data portal that provides access to maritime data and statistics.

Educational Resources

The Adopt a Ship program allows a class of students to partner with a ship's crew. During the school year, the class and crew correspond and share experiences. The correspondence stimulates interest in English, geography, history, math, science, trade, and transportation. It gives children a unique opportunity for responding to their natural curiosity of the sea and introduces them to the men and women of the American Merchant Marine.

A video archives is available on the Administration's Web site.

Exhibits / Virtual Tours

A shipbuilding exhibit and virtual tours inside cargo and crew spaces and engine rooms are part of the Administration's Web site.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Instructions for submitting a FOIA request are available on the Administration's Web site. Fax, 202-366-7485. | Email:

The Administration maintains an electronic reading room. Before submitting a FOIA request, an information seeker should search for the desired document or record in the reading room to determine whether it may be available immediately, without charge.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Administration posts answers to FAQs on its Web site.


Historical documents and resources are available on the Administration's Web site.


News items and releases, as well as advisories, events, photographs, and speeches, are accessible in the newsroom.


Information on the importance of ports to the Nation's economy and the Strong Ports program is available on the Administration's Web site. | Email:


Factsheets, policy papers, and reports are available on the Administration's Web site.

Ship Disposal

The Administration's Web site provides information on four methods of ship disposal: artificial reefing, domestic recycling, ship donations, and naval sink at sea live-fire training exercises (SINKEX).

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