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 from all the U.S.-flag shipping companies, unions and associations that belong to USA Maritime, discussed the importance of the U.S.-flag merchant marine to our Nation’s economic, military and homeland security with key Senators, Representatives and their staffs in 117 Congressional offices. We provided them with the most up-to-date information about the programs and policies that enable the U.S.-flag merchant marine to meet the commercial sealift requirements of the Department of Defense.
Please look below for a detailed explanation of the important maritime industry issues, policies and programs that were discussed with Members of Congress and their staffs during the 2016 Maritime Sail-In.
- Support Full FY’17 MSP Funding (PDF)
- Support Cargo Preference (PDF)
- Support the Jones Act (PDF)
- Support the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (PDF)