Maritime Transportation

chemical container ship
Photo Credit: Jim Fawcett

While seaports are more commonly the focus of our attention because of their economic as well as environmental impacts on the nation, USC Sea Grant is also invested in public education on the importance of our marine transportation system including issues involving vessels not owned or operated by US companies. The US maritime industry certainly is not as robust as those of other nations who retain large fleets of cargo vessels, yet despite the diminutive size of the US fleet our citizens and policy makers cannot make good judgments about the marine transportation industry until they understand its operations. For that reason, we retain a strong interest in elucidating the processes at work in the industry that brings many goods not only to the US shores but also to US dinner tables, homes, offices, hospitals and workshops. Moreover, the marine transportation system is not solely at sea, its landside impact is felt as goods move through cities and rural areas of the nation by truck and train as well. Our role is particularly felt here as we attempt to understand and recommend remedies to the problems wrought by this caravan of goods movement in the region.

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