West Coast Sailors

July 2012

In the wake of the major set back suffered by the U.S. maritime industry when Congress passed a bill in June that included a provision that slashed the statutory U.S.-flag share of international food aid cargo from 75% to 50%, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) and Congressman Jeff Landry (R-Louisiana) introduced legislation on July 24, to repeal the onerous provision and restore U.S.-flag food aid cargo preference to 75% of cargoes carried.

June 2012

Republican stealth attack slashes American cargo preference requirement for international food aid

May 2012

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a major policy change regarding the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).

April 2012

The largest fine ever imposed for a Jones Act violation was upheld by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) against Escopeta Oil

March 2012

The Jones Act is under attack again, with a Guam politician sponsoring legislation that seeks to dilute the cabotage statute after Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) failed in a new bid to get the law abolished last month.

February 2012

On March 13, the AFL-CIO Executive Council ?voted proudly and enthusiastically? to endorse President Barack Obama for a second term.

January 2012

The Jones Act is under stronger assault now than ever before. Foreign and homegrown interests have unleashed arrows in the direction of the U.S. Congress, demanding it to let foreign-flag ships in on your coastwise operations.

December 2011

The Italian-flag cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground on the island of Giglio in the Tyrrenian Sea on Friday, January 13, nine miles off Italy?s Tuscan coast ? capsizing and beginning to sink.

November 2011

On December 1, Alexander & Baldwin, the Hawai?i-based land company with interests in real estate development, commercial real estate and agriculture, announced it will spin-off its wholly owned subsidiary?Matson Navigation Company.

October 2011

Tasked by Congress over a year ago to produce a report identifying ways to boost American-flag shipping, the Maritime Administration has issued a report, written by Price Waterhouse Coopers, that does the opposite.

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