Category: THE MERCHANT MARINE

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…

USA Maritime, Marad Respond to GAO Preference Report

USA Maritime Coalition has responded to the recent Government Accountability Office Report No. 15-666 “International Food Assistance:  Cargo Preference Increases Food Aid Shipping Costs and Benefits Are Unclear”, arguing that the report “paints a distorted picture because it only tells…

Maritime Industry Honors America’s Warriors

On September 8th, representatives of USA Maritime and the U.S.-flag shipping industry had the honor to participate in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.  Tim Perry, Director of Government Affairs for APL Maritime,…

USA MARITIME SUPPORTS GLOBAL POSITIONING LEGISLATION

USA Maritime is a coalition of ship owning companies, maritime labor organizations and maritime trade associations. For more than 200 years, our industry has contributed to U.S. economic vitality, helping to sustain America’s position as a global power. The U.S.-flag…

NEW YORK TIMES EXPOSES FLAG OF CONVENIENCE OPERATIONS

CHIOS, Greece — The rickety raft made of empty oil drums and a wooden tabletop rolled and pitched with the waves while tied to the side of the Dona Liberta, a 370-foot cargo ship anchored far from land in the…

Taking the helm in training

“Let’s start at say, 8 knots,” said a tinny voice from overhead. The water slowly started moving by outside, under a quiet, barely-clouded sky. “You guys used these before?” asked a tall, bald-headed man in front of the terminals, pointing…

IOMMP President Addresses Merchant Marine Veterans

Courtesy of Maritime Executive:   The American Merchant Marine Veterans, a fraternal organization of the U.S. Merchant Marine of WWII is hosting its annual National Convention at MITAGS in Linthicum Heights, Maryland from May 5-8. The convention is meant to coincide with the 70-year…

Bipartisan Legislation Recognizes Role of WWII Merchant Mariners

Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by Democratic Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA) and Republican Congressman John Duncan (TN) would provide long-overdue recognition for American merchant mariners who served our nation during World War II. Their legislation, the Honoring Our…

Bill Introduced To Extend Export-Import Bank

Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN) and 57 of his Republican colleagues have introduced the Reform Exports and Expand the American Economy Act (HR 597), legislation to reauthorize and reform the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The mission of the…