Category: THE MERCHANT MARINE

Support S.168 The Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA)

CVIDA is urgently needed to prevent disruption of maritime commerce and the maritime workforce, which serve such key U.S. industries as energy, agriculture, and manufacturing by transporting raw materials, commodities, and finished consumer products. S.168, introduced by Sens. Roger Wicker…

Remembering the El Faro Through Service

Mike Holland, a 2012 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, was one of the 33 mariners lost in the sinking of the con/ro El Faro last fall. Over the course of the year since Mike’s passing, his mother, Deb Roberts, has…

Outdated infrastructure poses national security risk

President-elect Donald J. Trump has rightfully brought infrastructure modernization to the top of our national to-do list. While many Americans focus on the economic benefits of enhancing our infrastructure, there is another important advantage: our enhanced national security. Mr. Trump’s…

Congressman Garamendi Introduces the Energizing American Maritime Act

Congressman Garamendi Introduces the Energizing American Maritime Act, with Strong Support from the Domestic Maritime Industry WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, introduced H.R….

2016 Maritime Sail-In

On June 14th, more than 70 officers and representatives from United States-flag shipping companies, American maritime labor unions and related maritime associations went to Capitol Hill for our seventh annual Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In.  The maritime industry leaders, including representatives…

MARITIME LABOR URGES ACTION TO BOLSTER U.S. FLEET

The Senate Merchant Marine Subcommittee held a hearing on April 20th to examine the state of the U.S.-flag maritime industry. Testimony was presented on behalf of the seafaring labor unions by Klaus Luhta, Chief of Staff, Masters, Mates & Pilots…

Challenges for Military Sealift Command: The Distributed Fleet

Sen. John McCain recently went after the Jones Act again. In an amendment to bill S.2012, the “Energy Modernization Act of 2015, McCain argues that the Jones Act is an “antiquated law” that hinders free trade and raises prices for…

TRANSCOM COMMANDER GENERAL DARREN McDEW WARNS

” the only way of guaranteeing we decisively meet our national objectives is with U.S. ships operated by U.S. mariners.” TWENTY-FIVE years ago today the United States completed the largest deployment of combat power since World War II. That effort…

BREAKING NEWS: CONGRESS APPROVES GREATER FUNDING FOR MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM

The House of Representatives and Senate have each passed, and the President has signed, omnibus appropriations legislation that includes much needed and significant new funding levels for the Maritime Security Program.  In the short term, the omnibus legislation increases MSP…

HOUSE HEARING: U.S-FLAG SHIPPING KEY TO NATIONAL SECURITY

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Foreign Agriculture and the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee held a joint hearing on November 17th to “explore the interaction of food aid shipping and military sealift capacity, particularly that provided by the…