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Dave Connolly elected SUP President

The triennial election of officers of the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific –via secret, mail balloting over a two-month period– concluded on February 1, with the tallying of ballots and the certification of the election by UniLect, the Impartial Balloting Agent selected by the membership at the November 2018 Union meetings.
 

Practices of Department of Defense contractors skirt U.S. Military Cargo Preference Act to the detriment of the U.S. Merchant Marine

The Military Cargo Preference Act of 1904 is crucial to the survival of the U.S. Merchant Marine. The law provides that only U.S.-flag ships “may be used for the transportation by sea of supplies bought for” the military services, thereby providing an essential base of preference cargo that sustains the private U.S.-flag fleet in times of peace. 

Matson continues effort to scuttle APL’s Guam service

Continuing its initiative to force American President Lines from the Guam trade in order to regain its monopoly, Matson Navigation Company on November  7, filed suit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the Maritime Administration to stop the agency from making Maritime Security Program payments for the APL Guam and APL Saipan,
 

Matson launches new U.S.-flag Marshall Islands service

SUP-contracted Matson Navigation Company has launched its new direct U.S. flag service between Honolulu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (“RMI”), reducing cargo transit times to the RMI from the U.S. mainland by as many as eight days.

Cabotage covers most of the globe’s maritime nations

Based on legislation and advice received from 140 countries, the SRI report reveals that 91 countries representing 80% of the world’s coastal United Nations Maritime States have cabotage laws restricting foreign maritime activity in their domestic coastal trades.
 

Canadian maritime Unions win major cabotage rights

Canadian seafaring Unions finalized an agreement this month with the Canadian government that secured cabotage rights for Canadian mariners aboard vessels flying any flag traversing that nation’s domestic waterways.