West Coast Sailors

April 2014

The USNS Sisler is one of eight Watson-Class LMSRs awarded to SUP-contracted Pariot Contract Service by the Military Sealift Command.

February 2014

President Obama signed a five-year authorization legislation known as the farm bill that keeps Food for Peace Title II largely intact.

January 2014

President Obama signed an omnibus appropriations bill, on January 17, that covers the balance of fiscal year 2014 and includes full funding for the MS), as well as funding for other programs crucial to the U.S. maritime industry.

November 2013

Chip Jaenichen, the acting head of the Maritime Administration (MarAd), told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that if he is made the permanent Maritime Administrator he intends to focus on identifying ways to revitalize the U.S. Merchant Marine.

October 2013

Matson Navigation Company announced on November 6, it has signed a contract to have Aker Philadelphia Shipyard build two new 3,600-TEU containerships.

September 2013

Legislation signed on October 17, by President Obama to reopen and fund the federal government through January 15, 2014, included full funding for the MSP. The next battle for the U.S.-flag maritime industry is preserving Food for Peace.

August 2013

Testifying before the USCG and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, former Maritime Administrator William Schubert said, ?Perhaps nothing is more important to the viability of the privately owned U.S. flag commercial fleet than adequate cargo preference enforcement. MarAd must substantially improve its cargo preference efforts to prevent a significant decrease in the number of vessels under U.S. flag.?

July 2013

New legislation announced that will significantly strengthen American ports, including many in the Pacific Northwest.

June 2013

The SUP, MFOW and SIU-Marine Cooks, which comprise the SIU-Pacific District, completed bargaining with Matson on June 29, after ten meetings including those covering the respective Unions? Work Rules and Maintenance Agreements.

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