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PORTS Caucus Briefing: Maritime Resilience

  • 2103 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

The Congressional PORTS Caucus will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill on how ports can endure and operate after major storm events.  Attendees will have a chance to hear from the co-authors of "The 2017 Hurricane Season: Recommendations for a Resilient Path Forward for the Marine Transportation System," a report from the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS).

The event will be on Monday, June 10 at 2pm in 2103 Rayburn.

Opening Remarks

  • PORTS Caucus Co-Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)

  • PORTS Caucus Co-Chair Randy Weber (R-TX)


  • Helen Brohl, Executive Director, U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System


  • Joshua Murphy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management

  • Katherine (Touzinsky) Chambers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center


The unprecedented scale of the 2017 hurricane season cost $52.5 billion to the U.S. GDP, strained the U.S. Emergency Response community, and challenged the ability of marine transportation system agencies to prioritize recovery efforts. Lead authors of a CMTS Resilience interagency team report will describe the challenges, successes, and best practices in hurricane recovery and response for ports and their associated infrastructure.

As Congress looks ahead to the 2019 hurricane season, it is important to consider incentives and best practices for ports to recover from storms. New investments in resilient port infrastructure are crucial to ensuring that our supply chain remains competitive in the 21st century.

This event is open to Congressional Staff and the public and press.