Foreword

Foreword

The Marine Transportation System (MTS) contributes to U.S. economic growth, enhances U.S. global competitiveness, and supports national security objectives. The MTS consists of an extensive network of waterways, ports, and their intermodal connectors, vessels, vehicles, and system users. Each component of this system is dependent on the other for the smooth and efficient flow of waterborne trade, transportation, and U.S. foreign and domestic commerce. The aftermath of September 11 has emphasized even more the importance of the efficiency, safety, and security of the entire U.S. transportation system.

This report is a cooperative effort of the members of the Maritime Data Group sponsored by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Members of the group are the Maritime Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This report is a summary update of the first Maritime Trade and Transportation report released in 2000 and is the result of an ongoing effort by the Maritime Data Group to provide quality, timely, comprehensive, and relevant maritime-related statistics and information to all levels of federal, state, and local government and to private industry.

This report provides an update on major trends in maritime trade, transportation, and shipbuilding, and includes special reports on the Saint Lawrence Seaway and on maritime transport and the environment. The data in this report are grouped to reflect U.S. Department of Transportation strategic goals related to mobility, economic growth, safety and environment, and national security.

Ashish K. Sen's signature
Ashish K. Sen
Director Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Capt. William G. Schubert's signature
Capt. William G. Schubert
Administrator Maritime Administration

Adm. James M. Loy's signature
Adm. James M. Loy
Commandant U.S. Coast Guard

Albert S. Jacquez's signature
Albert S. Jacquez
Administrator Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation