The U.S. maritime transportation program plays a vital part in making sure American financial prosperity and safety, as authorities discussed at a March 25 occasion at Brookings. With 90 % of worldwide trade now moving by sea, the demands on our marine transportation program are unprecedented.

Brookings Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy plan Bruce Jones hosted U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Daniel Abel to give a keynote address on the Coast Guard’s lately released “Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook.” Admiral Abel highlighted the Coast Guard’s 3 major lines of work: 1) facilitating lawful trade on safe waterways two) modernizing aids to navigation and mariner info systems and three) transforming the U.S. Coast Guard capacity, workforce capacity, and partnerships.

Following Admiral Abel’s remarks, Jones moderated a conversation among Abel, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Lieutenant Common Todd Semonite of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Jennifer Carpenter of the American Waterways Operators. Jones highlighted 3 major themes: cyber, climate, and China. The discussants debated the use of sophisticated technologies to strengthen efficiency when emphasizing the value of danger management and cyber vulnerabilities. Acknowledging altering environmental elements and dangers to maritime commerce, the panelists discussed the resilience of our waterways and the truth that the Arctic—once believed inaccessible—might open to navigation. The authorities debated the future of American shipping and trade offered the massive scale at which China is operating worldwide industrial trade and the country’s bearing on ports and port infrastructure. The panelists also discussed the future of U.S. shipbuilding, maritime jobs, and the part of the Jones Act in maritime commerce.

At the finish of the occasion, the discussants took concerns from the audience.