West Coast Sailors

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.

April 2007

A top Homeland Security Department, testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on April 12, could not assure lawmakers that a congressional deadline will be met to begin issuing Transportation Worker Identification Credentials for maritime workers.

March 2007

The implementation phase of the Transportation Workers? Identification Credential, or TWIC, is imminent.

February 2007

IMO Sub-committee initiates new competences and seatime requirements for unlicensed mariners.

January 2007

In another development that will forever change the credentialing of the United States? maritime workforce, the Transportation Security Administration released an advance copy of the Final Rule in the rulemaking that will establish the Transportation Workers? Identification Card or TWIC.

December 2006

A hole was blown in San Francisco?s formerly solid Union waterfront when the federal government recently awarded the contract for the ferry run to Alcatraz Island to a non-Union company.

November 2006

According to a recently released General Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congress, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must address and solve key challenges before implementing the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program.