West Coast Sailors

January 2008

Patriot Contract Services was notified by the U.S. Navy?s Military Sealift Command late last month that it was successful in its bid to operate two Special Mission Ships ?USNS Hayes and USNS Waters.

December 2007

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta this month called for a sweeping overhaul of federal maritime policy that would be centered in a revitalized Maritime Administration to preserve national economic strength.

November 2007

Election of Officers and
Constitution Referendum

November 2007

American President Lines announced this month that it intends to shift its U.S.-flag C-11-type vessels (APL China, APL Korea, APL Philippines, APL Thailand, APL Singapore) to a new 38-day Pacific Coast Express service that will call Los Angeles, Oakland, Japan, Korea and three ports in North China.

October 2007

The required documentation for professional mariners just got a lot tougher.

September 2007

The fight to scuttle a Bush Administration 2008 budget proposal to divert 25% of food aid shipments from the United States to cash under Public Law 480 Title II Food for Peace program, has shifted to the Senate. The House of Representatives solidly defeated the request...

August 2007

A provision in the massive National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 passed in the dying days of the Republican-controlled 109th Congress, has capsized nearly a century of maritime law regarding citizenship requirements for merchant mariners in U.S.-flag vessels.

July 2007

In a testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure?s Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on July 12, the Sailors? Union of the Pacific, and other maritime unions, told members of Congress that the implementation of the long-delayed Transportation Worker Identification Credential program must enhance the security of the Nation?s transportation system, but must also preserve the legitimate rights of workers.

June 2007

On June 2, 2007 a medi cal evacuation by heli copter took place aboard Matson Navigation Company?s m/v Manulani.

May 2007

Ending more than thirty years of declining tonnage under its house flag, Chevron Shipping Company embarked on a new era in its long history as its newest tankship ?the Mississippi Voyager? loaded refined product at Richmond Long Wharf and sailed for Barber?s Point, Hawai?i.