Category: USA MARITIME NEWS

SENATORS FIGHT TO KEEP PL 480 PROGRAM

A bipartisan group of 30 United States Senators has called on the Trump Administration to fully support the PL 480 program, calling the Program “a critical foreign policy tool.”  The text of the letter from the Senators to the Administration…

Cong. John Garamendi Calls For Action to Bolster Maritime Industry

Op-Ed in Honor of the Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In By Congressman John Garamendi Ranking Member, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee February 28, 2017 The United States is the world’s commercial superpower. We are the largest importer and second largest…

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…

Support U.S.-Flag Cargo Preference Requirements

Since 2009, privately-owned US-flag commercial vessels and their civilian US citizen crews have transported more than 90% of the sustainment cargo needed to support US military operations and rebuilding programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. A 2006 report prepared for the National Defense Transportation Association…

Support Full FY’17 and FY’18 Funding for the Maritime Security Program

To support the full $299.997 million Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations and the full $300 million Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) as authorized by Congress in P.L. 114-113. In authorizing these amounts and thereby reaffirming strong support for…

USA Maritime Letter to President Trump

The United States has been a leader in alleviating hunger around the world for more than 60 years. Through a variety of programs under the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Americans have been helping to…

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Outdated infrastructure poses national security risk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….