The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), part of the Department of Transportation, set this year’s theme as Maritime Moves the Nations: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of National Maritime Day, industry and service representatives gathered to recognize the mission to foster, promote and develop the maritime industry of the United States to meet the nation’s economic and security needs.
John S. Connor President, Butch Connor, attended as representation of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), and remarked, “The National Maritime Day event is important for all of us to remember the true sacrifices and efforts of past and current mariners to support and protect our country. This includes all associated with maritime work. This certainly impacts NCBFAA members and our team at John S. Connor who engage in international trade daily. Our thanks go out to the many government agencies, US Flag carriers, mariners and many others who make this possible.”
May 22 was chosen to honor the anniversary of the day a steamship called the Savannah set sail on the first transoceanic voyage under steam power back in 1819.