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Thursday, January 17

11:15 am

Thoroughbred 8

Chad Edwin Dorsey

Director, Inland Waterways Gateway Office, Paducah

Office of Maritime & Intermodal Outreach

U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

Chad Dorsey has recently been selected to serve as the Maritime Administration’s Director of the Inland Waterways Gateway Office of Paducah, Kentucky.  The Inland Waterways Gateway Office of Paducah shares coverage of the Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS), with the Inland Waterways Gateway Office in St. Louis, Missouri, which includes an area of responsibility encompassing portions of twenty-three (23) States adjacent to the navigable rivers.  The area of responsibility for the Inland Waterways Gateway Office of Paducah includes the Ohio River from its headwaters in Pennsylvania to its’ Mouth at Cairo, IL; the McClellan–Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System from the Tulsa Port of Catoosa southeast through Oklahoma and Arkansas to the Mississippi River and the Tennessee River from its confluence with the Ohio River through Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

The Inland Waterways Gateway Offices are primarily concerned with inland marine transportation, inland ports, inland intermodal issues, inland vessel operations and service providers, and inland marine security.  The offices represent the United States Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration at, and serve as an active participant in a number of industry associations and boards.  The offices work closely with inland ports to assist them in both short and long-term planning efforts to ensure that they will have the capability to handle intermodal transfers of commodities now and in the future, that will result from the implementation of the Americas’ Marine Highway Initiative.

Throughout his diverse marine transportation career, Chad has served many roles within the private maritime sector.  Beginning as a navigation officer, Chad spent eight years in the merchant marine visiting over 25 foreign ports of call mainly delivering food aid through what is currently known as the Food for Peace program.  He then transitioned to a shore-side career serving as the Director of Operations in one the largest dry bulk terminals in the nation.  During this time, he received a CEO designated “Bravo Zulu” award for dedication and outstanding efforts during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  The next role was within the Inland industry where Chad served as Senior Director of Commercial Operations and Logistics which encompassed direction of over 10 million tons annually of bulk material transportation.  Since this time, he has held various management roles in operations and engineering within the inland industry as well as transportation consulting and business development.  In 2015, Chad was named to the International Propeller Club Board of Directors.   


Chad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy located at Kingspoint, New York. Following graduation in 1997, he served eight years in the United States Naval Reserve.  Chad and his wife Elizabeth reside in Paducah, Kentucky with their three sons William, Thomas and Teddy.