U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda said Monday he is stepping down at the end of the month after three years at the post.
Matusda oversaw the distribution of more than $1 billion in federal assistance grants to modernize roughly 100 small shipyards, upgrade 25 ports and build new vessels, according to a statement. Through his spearheading of a campaign to pass the agency’s 10-year, $2 billion Maritime Security Program, Matsuda “helped secure the future of the 60-ship militarily useful merchant fleet.”
“Dave was a valuable member of my team,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “I’m particularly proud of his work to improve federal maritime education programs and revitalize the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy."
Matsuda also dealt with legacy agency challenges, such as environmental cleanup of the California Suisun Bay fleet and ailing infrastructure at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He also helped the agency refocus on maritime challenges, including alternative maritime fuels and the impact of the Panama Canal expansion on U.S East Coast ports.
Deputy Administrator Chip Jaenichen will serve as Acting Administrator beginning at the end of the month.