Transportation Institute WORKING FOR A STRONG AMERICAN MARITIME CAPABILITY
In pursuit of its objectives, the Transportation Institute closely monitors the workings and decisions of the US Congress and the wide range of administrative agencies of the federal and state governments as they affect waterborne transportation. The Institute staff conducts research and study projects on all maritime-related issues and testifies at congressional and government agency hearings and inquiries which affect marine transportation. Liaison is maintained with all congressional offices and those of the executive branch of government when maritime issues are under consideration. The Institute issues a number of publications and other materials designed to inform the public, the Congress, and the government of important merchant marine matters. The Institute plays a prominent role in national forums, seminars, and public policy meetings where questions of maritime policy are under debate.
The goal of the Transportation Institute is to help maintain America's political and economic strength and national security. The Transportation Institute advocates and works for sound national maritime policy, without which America's global position would falter.
This section offers an overview of the many sectors that comprise the U.S.-flag maritime industry, including the international and domestic coastwise and inland trades, passenger cruise market, and the dredging industry.