The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Paul "Chip" Jaenichen as head of the Maritime Administration. Jaenichen joined the Department of Transportation sub-agency two years ago as deputy administrator and was elevated to acting administrator last summer when David Matsuda stepped down.
While in office, Jaenichen has voiced the need to increase support for government-impelled cargo, either by increasing commercial cargo opportunities or raising the Maritime Security Program stipend rate for operators of U.S.-flag vessels, to help sustain the U.S. merchant fleet.
Jaenichen spent 30 years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer and served in various policy roles, including two years as deputy chief of legislative affairs for the Department of the Navy.
Thomas A. Allegretti, chairman of the American Maritime Partnership, said his members look forward to working with him.
“AMP members appreciate Administrator Jaenichen’s understanding that a strong domestic maritime industry is critical for U.S. economic, national, and homeland security, and that this essential industry is best supported by maintaining the Jones Act, which serves as the foundation of the nation’s vibrant domestic maritime policy," Allegretti said in a statement.