Today's address by FMC commissioner William P.Doyle
brought transparency to the massive U.S.-based efforts expended
during this hurricane season at the 17th Annual Port Industry Day
conference in Jersey City, NJ.
Good Morning New York and New Jersey. It's a great day here in
Jersey City. I know that Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao
really wanted to attend the 17th Annual Port Industry Day
conference today. Even with a long-standing commitment, she tried
to make her schedule work. Secretary Chao is a good friend.
Before I begin, I want to address this year's hurricane season.
It's been a tough one - Harvey, Irma and Maria. I am proud of the
work performed during the recovery efforts by the U.S. Merchant
Marine. The Merchant Marine consists of American mariners serving
aboard U.S. government owned vessels and on ships in the private
sector. The U.S. Merchant Marine answers the call - when the bell
rings, the U.S. Merchant Marine climbs the ladder, we don't ask
why, we ask how high. As of today, here some facts related to the
three hurricanes that have ravaged through the Caribbean Sea and
into the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States:
Crowley Maritime, U.S.-Flag, Jones Act Ocean
Within three days of Hurricane Maria ravaging Puerto Rico,
Crowley had reportedly moved more than 3,000 loads of food,
supplies and other cargo into the island. The barge EL
CONQUISTADOR departed Pennsauken, N.J., three weeks ago for San
Juan, Puerto Rico, loaded with relief cargo including 118 FEMA
loads of water and dry goods, to help the Caribbean recover from
Crowley quickly established a strong flow of food and aid cargo
to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. They had more than
2,200 full container loads of relief and general cargo awaiting
distribution at their Isla Grande terminal in San Juan. And they
had six vessels carrying another 2,200 loads on the way.
Crowley Maritime worked around the clock to coordinate quick
delivery of relief supplies to officially designated points of
distribution around St. Thomas in the wake of Irma. Nearly
800,000 pounds of food, water and tarp materials were unloaded
and distributed and the company immediately began pre-stocking
the island in advance of Hurricane Maria.
Crowley dispatched more than 18 Jones Act petroleum vessels to
discharge gasoline and diesel into Florida ports in response to
fuel shortages and evacuations caused by Hurricane Irma. The
volume is enough to fill the tanks of more than 7 million
TOTE Maritime, U.S.-Flag Jones Act Carrier
TOTE Maritime is reportedly providing logistical support for the
government for all cargo and containers they are distributing as
well as providing transportation for communications and power
companies bringing supplies to the island.
TOTE Maritime reports that it continues to coordinate with the
Red Cross and other relief organizations to ensure the timely and
consistent arrival of goods to the island. The Isla Bella arrived
on Sunday October 1 with more than 1,040 FEUS of cargo. In two
days more than 550 containers have left TOTE Maritime's facility
in San Juan for distribution in communities and delivery to
stores. In addition, the PERLA DEL CARIBE is scheduled to arrive
on Friday with 1,060 FEUs of cargo. These shipments include
bucket trucks, electrical poles, food, water, ice and fuel
amongst other critical items for the island.
Provided transportation of relief and recovery goods for more
than 20 organizations including businesses, FEMA and various
Engaged key power contractors to support increased generator
capacity on island terminal operations seven days a week to allow
for distribution of goods throughout the week.
Ready Reserve Force Vessel (RRF) SS WRIGHT: The Department of
Transportation's Maritime Administration vessel called on the
port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas to off load cargo. The
vessel was loaded with FEMA containers, vehicles, and stores.
Among the cargo is a replacement radar system for the Federal
TS KENNEDY: The Massachusetts Maritime Academy training ship
KENNEDY was dispatched to Puerto Rico by the Maritime
Administration after it concluded onsite duties in Texas. The
KENNEDY will remain onsite in Puerto Rico to provide power, food,
clean water and berthing to first responders.
TS EMPIRE STATE IV: The Maritime Administration dispatched the TS
EMPIRE STATE VI to Puerto Rico. The ship is 565-feet long and
serves as the training ship for New York State Maritime Academy
(SUNY Maritime College). It is capable of housing more than 650
HOSPITAL SHIP COMFORT: The U.S. Navy's COMFORT has been sent to
Puerto Rico to provide care and hospital service to Puerto Rico.
The vessel is crewed by civilian mariners.
Hurricane Maria Quick Facts and Puerto Rico:
Domestic U.S. Flag maritime companies moved approximately 9,500
containers of goods into Puerto Rico to help the territory and
its residents with the recovery from the damage wrought by
In the immediate aftermath, one state-of-the-art large container
ship arrived on Sunday September 24, 2017, with over 35 million
pounds of cargo. This is the equivalent carrying capacity of
1,900 cargo planes.
In anticipation of the island's needs, the domestic American
maritime industry stowed approximately 3,000 containers filled
with goods in the terminals prior to the Hurricane landing. Jones
Act vessels have the capacity to carry more than 4,000 containers
per week to Puerto Rico.
NOTE: William P. Doyle is a
Commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. The
thoughts and comments expressed here are his own and do not
necessarily represent the position of the Commission.