Maritime Transportation: Opportunities and Challenges

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, will convene a hearing on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. entitled, “Maritime Transportation: Opportunities and Challenges.” The hearing will focus on the U.S. maritime industry, the state of the nation’s maritime transportation system and its current challenges, and the ways in which Federal policy and programs could enhance its performance. This hearing will also inform the upcoming reauthorization of the U.S. Maritime Administration.


  • The Honorable Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret., Administrator, Maritime Administration
  • The Honorable Michael Khouri, Acting Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission
  • Rear Admiral James Helis, USMS, Superintendent, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Mr. Craig Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
2:30 p.m
Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security 

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

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  • The Honorable Mark H. Buzby USN, Ret.,

    Maritime Administration
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  • The Honorable Michael Khouri

    Acting Chairman
    Federal Maritime Commission
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  • Rear Admiral James Helis USMS

    U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
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  • Mr. Craig Middlebrook

    Deputy Administrator
    Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
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