The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) — the unified voice of seaports in the Americas — is excited to report the U.S. Maritime Administration's (MARAD) announcement of this year’s grant recipients under the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). AAPA and the port industry would like to thank the Federal Government for this investment in bolstering the United States’ maritime supply chain. The nearly $39 million in funding represent some of the first funds awarded to ports from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The funds go toward infrastructure and equipment for expanding the use of waterborne shipping around the U.S. — the safest, greenest, and cheapest form of freight transport.
This historic investment is critical to ensuring the fluid movement of Made in America goods and products like corn, soy, wheat, and other commodities and goods. Waterborne routes are also creating more options to move imported freight. Finally, these investments in American ports have large-demand signals for reshoring the manufacture of modern cargo moving equipment.
It is critical these funds are put into action quickly, without bureaucratic delay. The speedy implementation of the projects awarded grants this year is crucial to growing AMHP and ensuring much-needed goods are moved smoothly and efficiently.
AAPA and its members are greatly looking forward to welcoming MARAD Administrator, Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, USN (Ret.), to the AAPA Annual Convention and Expo in Orlando, Florida, which takes place October 16-19, to discuss infrastructure investments like these and their fast implementation.