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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.
 

Big win for organized labor in Missouri

Americans want strong Unions. That’s the message from polling that shows more than 60% of voters nationwide approve of organized labor. And that’s certainly the message from Missouri, where voters on August 7, overturned the state’s so-called “right-to-work” law by an overwhelming margin.

Matson christens first Aloha-Class vessel Daniel K. Inouye at Philly Shipyard

SUP-contracted Matson Navigation Company christened the largest containership ever built in the United States in a ceremony at the Philly Shipyard on June 30.

‘Energizing American Shipbuilding Act’ introduced in both houses of Congress

On National Maritime Day, the introduction of the bipartisan Energizing American Shipbuilding Act was announced during a press conference featuring the bill’s sponsor in the House of Representatives, Congressman John Garamendi (D-California), and its sponsor in the Senate, Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi).