For the last two decades, USC Sea Grant has invested in public education about the importance of our marine transportation system, including issues involving vessels not owned or operated by U.S. companies. In fact, the vast majority of the freight entering the United States through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is coming from Asian ports. Nearly every year, USC Sea Grant Director of Extension and Marine Transportation and Seaport Specialist, Dr. James Fawcett, provides lectures to professionals and academics in Asia on marine transportation, greening ports, and alternative fuels. Coordinating with China, Taiwan and Korea is critical to promoting a sustainable future for Southern California, since Asian ships have significant impacts on air and water quality, and security for West Coast ports.
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