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Government Information on Maritime Shipping: U.S. Govt. Information Resources

This guide provides access to a wide variety of government information resources on shipping. It will cover resources from the U.S. Government, Indiana State Government, and various foreign and international government organizations.

U.S. Government Information Resources

U.S. Government and Indiana State Government agencies involved with aspects of shipping policy include:


USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Census Bureau Economic Census Industry 
(See NAICS Code 488510 for Freight Transportation Statistics)

USA Trade Online (Import & Export statistics by commodity & port)

Bureau of Economic Analysis Industry

Army Corps of Engineers

Overview of the U.S. Inland Waterways System

Port Series (Army Corps of Engineers)

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

U.S. Naval Academy

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

U.S. Naval War College

Dept. of Defense Inspector General

Container Security Initiative

Dept. of Homeland Security Inspector General

National Park Service Maritime Heritage Program

Maritime Administration (Regulates U.S. merchant marine)
National Archives Record Groups

 RG 26 U.S. Coast GuardRG 32 U.S. Shipping Board, RG 36 U.S. Customs ServiceRG 71 Bureau of Yards & Docks, RG 181 Naval Districts & Shore Establishments,

National Archives Maritime Records

St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Foreign Relations of the United States (Documentary record of U.S. foreign policy)

State Dept. Office of the Legal Advisor (Provides advice on legal matters including treaties)

DOT Inspector General

National Transportation Safety Board

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission (Regulated interstate commerce until its 1995 termination)


Congress is responsible for approving new legislation, revising existing legislation, funding government programs, and conducting oversight of the performance of these programs.  Congress and congressional committees also require agencies to prepare reports and statistics documenting their performance. There are numerous congressional information resources on shipping including those by congressional support agencies.  Examples include:

Congressional Bills (1993-present)
Congressional Record  (Bound) (Text of congressional debate, roll call votes, and congressional legislation 1971-2006.)  Use Congressional Record Daily (1994-present) ProQuest Congressional for this source from 1789-1997 including its predecessors Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, and Congressional Globe.
ProQuest Congressional (Includes the text of historic congressional debates, congressional committee reports on legislation, and various government agency reports to Congress and shipping and a multitude of other topics
House Appropriations Committee (See subcommittees on energy & water development, transportation, and defense)  and HERE
House Merchant Marine & Fisheries Committee
House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure 
HERE  Reps. Greg Pence (R-IN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) are members of this committee.

Senate Appropriations Committee
and HERE

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee (Senator Todd Young (R-IN) is a member of this committee.)
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) is a member of this committee.)
and HERE
Congressional Budget Office
Prepares cost estimates on federal legislation and does analyses of the budgetary implications of federal programs)

Congressional Research Service 
Courtesy:  University of North Texas Library.  This Library of Congress entity analyzes federal programs and congressional oversight activity of these programs.

Congressional Research Service  (Courtesy:  Library of Congress 2018-present)

Maritime Fuel Regulations (Aug. 6, 2018 CRS report)

Government Accountability Office (Analyzes the management performance of government programs)


Indiana State Government

Indiana General Assembly

Ports of Indiana
Indiana Dept of Transportation
Falls of the Ohio State Park



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