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‘Ship American’ statutes must be enforced to support good jobs and promote national security

Sixty-six bipartisan Members of Congress stood up for good jobs, a strong U.S. maritime industry, and national security by supporting strong cargo preference –or “Ship American”– laws, by sending a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of Transportaion Elaine Chao.
 

Maritime Security Program funding: with FY 2018 appropriations assured, focus shifts to FY 2019

On March 23, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 was signed into law after being approved by Congress ahead of the deadline to avert a partial shutdown of the federal government. The Appropriations Act provides, and in some cases exceeds, statutory funding for key maritime programs for the current fiscal year.

APL to challenge Matson’s China–West Coast Service

American President Lines announced last month a new foreign-flag Eagle Express X (EXX) service, offering an 11-day transit from Shanghai to Los Angeles.
 

USA Maritime, food aid partners urge support for programs that employs U.S.-flag shipping

USA Maritime, which the Sailors’ Union is a member, has joined with a large and diverse group of organizations urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support funding for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program and the Food for Progress program. As stated in the Coalition’s January 30 letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, “these programs improve livelihoods and educational opportunities, while building the political stability and capacity necessary to grow future markets for U.S. agricultural products.”

Government slams Matson’s challenge to APL’s Guam service

The U.S. Department of Transportation told the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that Matson Navigation Company’s “untimely” challenge to federal subsidies granted to rival container shipper American President Lines for Guam and Saipan trade routes as part of the Maritime Security Program must be rejected for lack of jurisdiction.

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A weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to deal with heavy weather; An old ship with outdated lifeboats, open to the elements are factors that contributed to the sinking of the El Faro in the fury of Hurricane Joaquin on October 1, 2015.