MARAD Administrator Jaenichen Discusses Key Maritime Issues

Published Apr 23, 2015 7:38 PM by The Maritime Executive

Maritime TV is pleased to present another program in the “Ask the Administrator” series of interviews with Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen on important issues affecting the U.S. maritime industry, pre-recorded at various locations around the country and Washington D.C. This 5th program in the series dealt with a full spectrum of topics ranging from the design of the new National Security Multi-Mission Vessel, MARAD ship re-cycling efforts and the recent NASSCO launch of Tote’s Marlin Class vessel, the Isla Bella, the first LNG-powered container ship. The interview was recorded on April 21, 2015 at MARAD headquarters in Washington, D.C.

MARAD Announces Funding Opportunity for LNG Conversion Project

MARAD has announced that $900,000 in federal funding is now available to support the conversion of existing U.S. flag vessels to liquefied natural gas propulsion. MARAD intends to use the results/data of this demonstration project to support further work related to air emissions reduction/alternative fuels research and to assess the public benefit of possible incentives to encourage adoption of emissions reduction and alternative fuels in the marine sector.

MARAD will accept proposals from U.S. ship owners, operators and/or public sponsors through May 7, 2015. The data collected will provide information regarding air emission reductions achieved using LNG and operational lessons learned from operating the vessel on LNG.