Senators and Representatives have urged their colleagues to support the Maritime Security Program.
Two sets of hearings in both the House and Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on March 6, highlighted the critical nature of existing legislation, government funding and program support for maritime interests as both a vital American industry and a national defense asset.
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.
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.
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,
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.