Maritime Advisory Committee Gets New Members

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (file image)

By MarEx 2016-07-19 21:10:52

On Tuesday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). 

Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academics, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary and the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Committee members serve two year terms, with no more than two consecutive term re­appointments, and approximately one-third of members' terms of office expire every two years. 

“The experience and insights of this group will greatly benefit the federal transportation decision-making process,” said Secretary Foxx.  “This advisory committee will help us take the next critical steps needed to move the National Maritime Transportation Strategy forward.”

The committee advises the secretary on ways to facilitate short sea transportation and other matters as the secretary determines. 

MTSNAC policy recommendations have led to the expansion of the Marine Transportation System, the integration of Marine Highways into the surface transportation system and the improvement and streamlining of the Title XI ship financing process.

“The maritime industry is facing many challenges and is made up of different interests,” Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen said.  “However, bringing those interests together on this committee has played a vital role in helping us develop our National Maritime Transportation Strategy to ensure we remain viable and competitive.  We are extremely grateful for their commitment to advancing our Marine Transportation System.”

The new members are:

Gary Adams, Vice President Global Logistics, Walmart Stores Inc.

Robert Berry, Vice President, International Shipbreaking Limited, LLC

Gary Brown, Vice President Port Sales, Genesee & Wyoming - Coastal Region

Molly Campbell, Director, Port Commerce Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Gregory Faust, Director of Operations, Department of Transportation - Washington State Ferries Division

Peter Ford, Chief Strategy Officer, Ports America

John Graykowski, Principal, Maritime Industry Consultants

Bill Hanson, Vice President, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC

Daniel Harmon, Director, Maritime Division, Texas Department of Transportation

Susan Hayman, Vice President, Health, Safety, Quality & External Affairs, Foss Maritime Company

Jared Henry, Vice President – U.S. Government Trade, Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC

Tim Hinkley, Senior Vice President - Global Logistics, Hasbro Inc.

Jim Kruse, Director, Center for Ports & Waterways, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Gary LaGrange, President & Chief Executive Officer, Port of New Orleans

Griff Lynch, Chief Operating Officer/Incoming Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority

Jim Pelliccio, President & CEO, Port Newark Container Terminal

William Pennella, Vice-Chairman and Executive Vice President, Crowley Maritime Corporation

Torey Presti, President, National Shipping Agencies, Inc.

Jonathan Rosenthal, Principal, Saybrook Corporate Opportunity Funds

Scott Sigman, Transportation & Export Infrastructure Lead, Illinois Soybean Association

Anne Strauss-Weider, Director, Freight Planning, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

Capt. Richard Suttie, Executive Director, University Advanced Partnership Initiative, Center for Homeland Security and Defense, Naval Postgraduate School

John Townsend, Maritime Systems Specialist, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Thomas Wakeman III, Research Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Robert Wellner, Executive Vice President, Liberty Global Logistics LLC

Thomas Wetherald, Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning, General Dynamics-NASSCO

Lisa Wieland, Port Director, Massachusetts Port Authority

Brian Wright, President & Chief Executive Officer, Owensboro Riverport Authority

In addition, the department has appointed one ex-officio non-voting member, Captain James Jenkins, USCG, Senior Maritime Safety and Security Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation.