Ship American

The American maritime industry contributes nearly 500,000 jobs, $29 billion in labor income, and $92.5 billion in US economic output. (PDF)

/ August 17, 2017


On behalf of the undersigned American maritime labor organizations, we are submitting these comments in response to the Maritime Workforce Working Group request for public input on the status of the U.S. merchant mariner workforce. Collectively, our unions represent the...

/ August 17, 2017

The Ready Reserve Force is in Urgent Need of Funding

When I and other American Maritime Officers officials and representatives visited government-owned Ready Reserve Force ships in the Northeast and on the West Coast recently, we heard much from many of the officers aboard about troubling conditions on these aging...

/ July 13, 2017

Testimony of Brian W. Schoeneman Seafarers International Union On Behalf Of USA Maritime

I thank you for conducting this hearing and for giving me the opportunity to testify. I would also be remiss if I did not thank all of you for your continued support of the U.S. Merchant Marine, the American farmers,...

/ June 7, 2017

ARC Celebrates Newest U.S.-Flag Ro-Ro Vessel M/V Liberty

CHARLESTON, SC – In a ceremony today in the Port of Charleston, American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) christened the M/V Liberty, welcoming one of the most versatile and militarily-useful ships to the U.S.-flag commercial fleet, along with close friends and...

/ June 6, 2017

National Maritime Day

On May 22, we will join with communities around the nation to celebrate National Maritime Day, a day for celebration and recognition, as well as a day of remembrance. In 1819, the American steamship Savannah departed Savannah, Georgia, en route...

/ May 22, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 22, 2017, as National Maritime Day

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On National Maritime Day, we recognize the important role the United States Merchant Marine plays in supporting our commerce and national security.  We honor the proud history of our...

/ May 22, 2017

Sending Out an SOS

The Maritime Executive by Rep. John Garamendi The average American may not spend a lot of time thinking about the importance of our domestic maritime industry, but it’s crucial to our economic fortunes and our national security. In Congress, I...

/ May 11, 2017


Congress has approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, 2017.  Included within this legislation is $300 million for the Maritime Security Program, the amount authorized by Congress to fully fund MSP and its 60...

/ May 6, 2017

Navy League Responds to Washington Post Editorial

To the Editorial Board of The Washington Post: We write with respect “How to get more out of the dollars Americans spend helping the world’s hungry” printed on April 23rd. We believe that the Board has not considered the other...

/ April 28, 2017