Ports and Maritime Transportation Sector Information
The Federal Maritime Commission, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and EPA are the primary agencies that regulate the ports and maritime transportation sector. The following links are intended to help Smart Sectors partners and the public learn more about how EPA works with the ports and maritime transportation sector.
EPA basic regulatory information
- Federal Regulation Finder
- Basic information about vessels, marinas and ports
- Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant overview of port projects
- EPA’s compliance assistance centers
- Ports Initiative — EPA’s Ports Initiative works in collaboration with the port industry, communities and all levels of government to advance next-generation, clean technologies and practices that can improve air quality and increase economic prosperity.
- National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports
- Resources for Collaboration -- These resources can help support port-community collaboration for effective planning. EPA has developed a Draft Ports Primer for Communities, Community Action Roadmap, and Environmental Justice Primer for Ports. EPA is currently pilot testing these new tools.
- Funding Opportunities for Ports and Near-Port Communities
- SmartWay Transport — EPA’s SmartWay Transport program helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and improving freight transportation efficiency. Any company or organization that ships, manages, or hauls freight in its operations can become an EPA SmartWay Partner.
- Sustainable Materials Management Prioritization Tools — Free, life cycle-based tools that offer a starting place to establish priorities for environmental improvement, focus limited financial and human resources where action could offer greater holistic benefit, and consider key industries for collaboration.