Maritime Administration Law and Legal Definition

Maritime Administration is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is commonly known as MARAD. This agency deals with waterborne transportation. MARAD functions:

1. to promote the use of waterborne transportation;

2. to develop the merchant marine to meet the needs of national defense; and

3. to develop the domestic and foreign commerce of the U.S.

This federal agency maintains the National Defense reserve Fleet as a ready source of ships for use during national emergency. MARAD also functions as the National Shipping Authority (NSA) of the U.S. This agency also engages in other areas of work. Some of these are:

1. ships and shipping;

2. shipbuilding;

3. port operations;

4. vessel operations;

5. national security;

6. environment and safety; and

7. maintaining the health of merchant marine.