Ports + Politics

PORTS + POLITICS: CBP Is Hiring at U.S. Seaports

Despite the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s embrace of technology, there remains a strong need for a trained, professional workforce at the seaports. To fill these vacancies and in anticipation of receiving future funding for even more positions, CBP is aggressively recruiting at all ports, including seaports. * By Todd C. Owen, U.S. Customs and Border Protection * United States ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Maritime Infrastructure Needs Regular Investment

In many ways, our nation’s 300+ ports – from the largest ports in Seattle, Long Beach and Savannah, to small ports in rural communities up and down our coastlines and along our rivers – are the workhorses of the infrastructure world. * By Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) * When people hear the phrase “infrastructure investment,” they may think of a ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Third Edition of the CMTS Federal Funding Handbook Now Online

In August 2017, the third edition was issued to update the catalog of resources and to enhance the formatting and accessibility. It is now available online at www.CMTS.gov. By Helen Brohl, CMTS The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (www.CMTS.gov) is an interagency policy coordinating committee, established by presidential directive in 2004 and authorized in statute in 2012 to, ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Strengthening U.S. Ports to Support Increasing Freight and Transportation

America’s more than 300 ports are a vital part of a strong and healthy economy connecting manufacturers, businesses and farmers to the global marketplace and creating vital jobs for hardworking Americans. By Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary America’s more than 300 ports are a vital part of a strong and healthy economy connecting manufacturers, businesses and farmers ...

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PORTS & POLITICS: Lessons From the Past: A Renewed Commentary on Port Security

Security measures are much different than 20 years ago, and as we experience and deal with new threats, we must take the lessons learned and build on that framework. By Albio Sires (NJ-08) Safety at our country’s ports is not only essential to our economy but critical to our national security. Each day ships arrive at our shores carrying cargo ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Inclusion of Ports in Our National Transportation System

After eight years in office, the nation is seeing the results of the Obama Administration’s prioritization of maritime ports. The bottom line? Fifty-six port infrastructure grants representing nearly $1.6 billion in port investment are either completed or are presently underway. Read more… By Paul “Chip” N. Jaenichen, Maritime Administrator

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