West Coast Sailors

September 2019

The full and precise horror of the fire and sinking of the dive boat Conception is still unknown, but enough details have emerged to list the Labor Day weekend tragedy
among the worst maritime disasters in decades.

August 2019

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized an offshore supply vessel on July 31, adding to tensions in the Gulf of Hormuz.

July 2019

The full House of Representatives passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act on an unprecedented strictly party-line vote.
 

June 2019

On Saturday, June 15 in San Diego, the General Dynamics shipyard NASSCO christened and launched the merchant ship Lurline on June 15.

May 2019

A wide array of protestors launched marches, rallies, demonstrations around the world on May 1, the day designated for many decades as International Workers’ Day.

April 2019

Senators and Representatives have urged their colleagues to support the Maritime Security Program. 

March 2019

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. 
 

February 2019

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.
 

January 2019

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. 

December 2018

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,
 

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