The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association
April 21, 2022
Federal Mask Mandate for Public Transportation Voided
This week a federal judge issued a decision voiding the federal mask mandate on public transportation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recently extended the mask mandate until May 3 in order to allow more time to study the BA.2 Omicron subvariant. Following the judge’s ruling, the White House said that for now the mask order “is not in effect at this time” and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a statement that it would no longer enforce the mask mandate. For more on this developing story, read:
- TSA Statement regarding face mask use on public transportation
- Here are the airlines dropping mask mandates
- Airports vary on mask guidance following court ruling
- Uber and Lyft will no longer require masks for US riders and drivers
- Amtrak Statement: Mask Use Encouraged, Not Required
- Airlines say mask mandates aren’t needed anymore. Are filters enough to prevent COVID on airplanes?
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The Military Sealift Command delivers with commercial partners! Recently the Fast Combat Support Ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and commercial container M/V Maersk Peary conduct the first two-station consolidated cargo replenishment at sea.
U.S. Military Posture Changes Needed in Europe, Pentagon Says
(Air Force Magazine) Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has changed the security situation in Europe, and the U.S will have to shift its long-term military posture there as a result—but it’s too soon to say how, according to Pentagon Press Secretary
Navy’s New Shipbuilding Plan Offers Three Paths to Congress
(Breaking Defense) The Navy’s new long-range shipbuilding plan this year presents lawmakers with three potential procurement profiles for how the service could build the future fleet, depending on the funding Congress provides. Two of the procurement profiles assume no real growth in the service’s budget, while a third alternative includes up to “$75B real growth beyond” the next five years.
NIST is Asking Industry for Comments on the Next Cybersecurity Framework
(Federal News Network) A call for comments from the National Institute for Standards and Technology gives industry a deadline of next week. NIST is looking for reactions to ideas for critical infrastructure cybersecurity, and it could have a big impact on companies doing business with the government.
Shanghai Tries to Ease Supply Chain Crunch Amid Lockdown
(American Shipper) Chinese officials on Monday issued new guidelines to normalize industrial production and logistics flows, part of an effort to minimize the impact of strict lockdown measures in Shanghai. Under rules endorsed by the central government, localities will self-select specific companies in critical industries that can restart operations.
Fifth MARAD Training Vessel Construction Confirmed for Philly Shipyard
(The Maritime Executive) Construction of the fifth training ship under the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) program has been confirmed according to Philly Shipyard. The Philadelphia-based shipyard reported that it received confirmation of the contract from Tote Services, which is the contractor overseeing the program for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration.
New Service Between Western Mediterranean and Central- South America
(Hapag-Lloyd) Hapag-Lloyd launches its new service Mediterranean, Caribbean, Central America, West Coast South America Express (MSW) in early May 2022. With this new weekly service, Hapag-Lloyd will connect the Western Mediterranean directly with the West Coast of South America.
Salesforce Launches No-Code Tool to Help Automate Government Program Delivery
(Salesforce) Salesforce has announced general availability of Business Rules Engine, a no-code rules automation tool that enables public servants to build, test, and automate complex policy-based rules with just a few clicks. This lets governments set up speedy automations that perform complex calculations — for example, determining if constituents qualify for food assistance or if a service member is eligible for a reenlistment bonus.
Crowley and Shell Aim to Advance Decarbonization in Maritime
(Crowley) Continuing to demonstrate their commitment to decarbonization of the maritime sector, Crowley and Shell Trading (US) Company (“Shell”) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with the aim of supporting alternative energy solutions for the future of shoreside and terminal operations.
Increasing Air Freight Capacity from Asia to the U.S. and from the U.S. to Europe
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) The demand for air freight capacity is outstripping the supply. Adding air freight capacity to the market is a crucial objective at Crane Worldwide Logistics to provide improved service to our clients worldwide. For this reason, we have introduced additional air freight options from Asia to the United States and from the United States into Europe with charter aircraft to support increased demand on these trade lanes.
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