West Coast Sailors

February 2005

A new carrier, OceanBlue Express, will enter the Hawai?i trade this year headed by C. Bradley Mulholland, former President and CEO of Matson Navigation.

January 2005

The Maritime Administra tion on January 12, announced the awards of new Maritime Security Program (MSP) operating agreements that will go into effect on October 1, 2005.

December 2004

An onerous rule promulgated by the U.S. Customs Service in 2001 which severely penalized U.S.-flag shipping, was overturned this month when President Bush signed the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Correction Act of 2004 (H.R. 4047)

November 2004

On November 5, SUP member Tim Hill, who was bosun aboard the Shughart at the time of the fire, accepted a plaque on behalf of the crew.

October 2004

As of the October 15, deadline for submitting applications to the Maritime Administration for participation in the new Maritime Security Program, 25 companies have submitted applications for 142 vessels to be enrolled, although only 60 ships are authorized under the enabling legislation.

September 2004

In a misguided decision that jeopardizes sealift readiness of the United States, the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on August 31, awarded Large Medium Speed Roll-on/Roll-off (LMSR) vessels to American Overseas Maritime Corporation (AMSEA), a subsidiary of General Dynamics. Two other LMSRs were awarded to a company named 3PSC of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

August 2004

Strong opposition has been developing in recent weeks in the U.S. Congress to a proposal by European Union nations, Canada, and Australia to limit existing United States food aid programs.

July 2004

On July 17, 2004 at the Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard (KPSI), Matson Navigation Company christened its newest ship, the m/v Maunawili. Meaning ?winding mountain? in Hawaiian, the ship is the second in the CV 2600 Manukai-class, and the third Matson ship to bear the Maunawili name. She will be crewed on deck by members of the Sailors? Union of the Pacific.

June 2004

The new National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. dedicated on May 29 includes a tribute to the United States Merchant Marine.

May 2004

A proposal by two government acquisition councils to waive cargo preference laws for contracts and subcontracts involving the ocean transportation of ?Commercially Available Off-The Shelf? (COTS) items would seriously threaten the Nation?s defense, security, and economy, by destroying a major portion of the U.S.-flag merchant marine.