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Ports, Maritime & Shipping

Ports, container ships, bulk carriers, pilots, tankers, passenger ships, and the tug and barge industry are all working to move cargo into and out of U.S. ports. Our maritime industry is a global powerhouse, handling 99% of all imports and exports by volume. It is valued at over $1 trillion and supports over 13 million jobs.

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California

Michael B. Jones

President, The Maritime Alliance

"Promoting sustainable, science-based ocean & water industries"
New York

Murray Fisher

Executive Director New York Harbor Foundation

New York

Eric Johansson

Professor of Marine Transportation, SUNY Maritime

Maine

John Henshaw

Executive Director, Maine Port Authority

Sean Kline

Director of Marine Affairs, Chamber of Shipping of America

Connecticut

North Atlantic Ports Association

Massachusetts

Ed Anthes-Washburn

Port Director and HDC Executive Director, Port of New Bedford

Connecticut

Captain Sean Bogus

President, Northeast Marine Pilots Association

Massachusetts

Capt. Gary Oliveira

Providence Steamboat Company

"Providing ship assist services on Narragansett Bay"
Rhode Island

Marcia Blount

President, Blount Boats

"Building state of the art vessels for traditional and future ocean uses"
Delaware

Capt. Stephen Roberts

Pilots’ Association for the Bay & River Delaware

"Ensuring the safety of our mariners, the environment and the security of our industries"
Virginia

Bobby Clinton III

Port Compliance Director, McAllister Towing of Virginia

"It is our legacy to help renew and protect the oceans and waterways of our planet"
Maine

Mark Klopp

President, Portland Pilots, Inc.

"Ensuring safety comes first in maritime navigation"

Jason Kelly

Executive Vice President, Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.

"Largest independent steamship agency in North America"
Maine

Chris Mayo

Wells Harbor Master

"Balancing ocean health in a busy harbor"
Rhode Island

Robert Blackburn

Director, Port of Davisville

"Representing Rhode Island’s premiere gateway port to markets throughout Southern New England"

Carleen Lyden-Kluss

Executive Director & Co-Founder, NAMEPA

"Shipping industry leader preserving the marine environment"

Why We Need Ocean Planning

The ocean and coasts are active places, and we’re putting more demands on them every day. Think about it: traditional uses such as fishing, boating, shipping, recreation, and tourism are all changing and expanding, and at the same time we’re pioneering new industries alongside them like wind energy and sand mining. Ocean planning is about thinking ahead and planning for how to make it all work. Otherwise, we put the ocean’s vast, yet fragile, resources at risk. Voluntary ocean planning allows us to coordinate all these uses in a way that benefits our economy, our communities, and ocean health. Ocean planning is a science-based and data-driven process that provides a tool for people and government to work together, share information and solve problems in a way that works for everyone. Ocean planning helps to identify and resolve potential conflicts early on, helping decision makers and stakeholders in both the private and public sectors do their jobs better. This creates better outcomes for everyone, supporting a healthy ocean and vibrant economy

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