Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Leading with a brief discussion of the need for federal aid in general, the background, impact, and prospects for the future of cargo preference will be examined. It will be demonstrated that federal aid, particularly in the form of Cargo Preference, is required to maintain the merchant marine. It will also be demonstrated that federal aid and policy in its present form is not sufficient to promote growth. There needs to be significant improvement in this area if the maritime industry is to become a successful and vital force once again. Though cargo preference comprises only one part of the government's program, it serves to illustrate what is both good and bad about the conditions under which the U.S. Merchant Marine exists.