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Captain, ‘safety culture’ blamed for the sinking of the El Faro

A ship captain’s unwillingness to listen to his crew’s suggestions to change course from the path of a raging hurricane; A weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to deal with heavy weather; An old ship with outdated lifeboats, open to the elements are factors that contributed to the sinking of the El Faro in the fury of Hurricane Joaquin on October 1, 2015. 
 

Congressional leaders stress critical need for Jones Act, push back on false claims

Congressman John Rutherford (R-Florida) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) highlight the importance of American maritime for Puerto Rico’s recovery and the capacity and capability of Jones Act vessels to meet Puerto Rico’s present and future needs. 
 

Misinformation prompts pervasive attack on the Jones Act – Unions and members of Congress set the record straight

Every time a natural disaster in the United States requires the assistance of U.S.-flag shipping, the rats who shill for foreign interests swarm out of the sewers to call for the waiver or repeal of the Jones Act.
 

Reserve fleet deficiencies cited in government report are threat to American sealift capabilities

The U.S. Government Accountability Office heightened growing concern over the alarming conditions of government-owned standby cargo ships intended for surge sealift service in national security emergencies. 
 

Maritime labor urges immediate action to bolster U.S.-flag fleet

The SUP, MFOW, SIU-AGLIW, AMO, MEBA and MM&P on July 28, sent strong recommendations and comments to the Maritime Administration’s Maritime Workforce Working Group regarding the state of the U.S. Merchant Marine.
 

Agreement reached with Matson Navigation Company

After two weeks of contentious bargaining, the SUP, MFOW and SIU-Marine Cooks, which comprise the SIU-Pacific District, reached a concession-free agreement with Matson Navigation Company on June 30, averting a potential strike