The ‘Benjamin Franklin,’ the largest container ship to ever call at a North America port, is docked … [+] AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
One of the less prominent roles is that of the U.S. Shipping Administrator within the Department of Transportation (a role known as the U.S. Maritime Administrator or MARAD).
This position has historically been overlooked, but may prove to be a critical appointment in order for the Biden-Harris team to succeed with their climate change plans.
With the global coronavirus pandemic likely to continue for many more months, and airlines around the world grounded, it has been the global shipping fleets that have kept goods and food supplies flowing into countries around the world. However, this has not been without their own problems, even if global shipping carries 90% of world trade.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has an annual budget of $70 billion, oversees 55,000 employees, and has six key transportation agencies that includes the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Maritime Administration, Highways Administration, as well as organizations that look at Highway Traffic Safety and Federal Transit.