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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.