Chao, Buzby Conference With Maritime Industry Leaders Over COVID-19

The Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Yukon prepares to conduct a loading with the commercial tanker MT Empire State. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patrick W. Menah Jr.

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby held a teleconference with maritime industry leaders on April 2 to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on the industry, according to an April 2 MARAD release. 

Chao and Buzby discussed the crisis with chief executive officers, presidents and other senior officials of the industry. 

“During the call, Secretary Chao voiced her support for the maritime industry and the challenges they face at this time,” the release said. 

“Secretary Chao and Administrator Buzby briefed maritime industry partners on departmental activities concerning COVID-19 and provided industry leaders the opportunity to share their insights, questions and concerns with the secretary, [Department of Transportation], MARAD and other government interagency Partners. Topics discussed included the overall status of maritime industry operations, including personnel [staff/contractors], any disruptions, and [the outbreak’s] impact on the cargo movement in the U.S. and overseas.”