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​Rep. Duncan Hunter Introduces Legislation to Increase Maritime Security Program Funding

May 19th 2015

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) last week introduced an amendment to defense authorization legislation that would provide a much-needed increase in funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP). Appropriations for the program have been unchanged–at $3.1 million per ship, or $186 million a year for the fleet–since Fiscal Year 2012. MSP is scheduled to continue at […]

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MSC Commander Underscores Navy Support for Merchant Marine

April 22nd 2015

America’s mariners “have answered our nation’s call time and time again,” said Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon, commander of Military Sealift Command, in an April 13 speech to the New York Marine Society. “America does not go to war without MARAD, MSC and our commercial industry partners,” he added. Shannon made the remarks during the […]

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LNG TRADE “A PIVOTAL OPPORTUNITY” FOR NEW U.S. SHIPS AND JOBS, REP. JOHN GARAMENDI SAYS

April 17th 2015

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) plans to introduce bipartisan legislation that would require U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to travel on American-built ships crewed by American mariners. The congressman, a staunch advocate for the U.S.-flag fleet, says thousands of maritime jobs would result from an LNG export strategy based on American carriers, the construction of […]

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Strong U.S. Merchant Marine Essential, Says Head of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM)

April 16th 2015

Leaders of the military, Congress, and the maritime industry appeared together yesterday at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition – designed to bring the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together.  The discussion was hosted by U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen and was titled “Framework […]

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TRADE DEALS COULD WORSEN WORKING CONDITIONS IN MARITIME, CRITICS SAY

March 6th 2015

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a massive trade deal involving the United States and Europe, could compromise working standards in the maritime industry, say critics of the pact. The Maritime Labor Convention and SOLAS could be undercut by a provision of TTIP and similar pending trade deals that allows businesses access to special […]

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MM&P and Local 333 Merger

February 18th 2015

By overwhelming margins, the members of MM&P and International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 333 have voted to merge. Local 333 will become the new Atlantic Maritime Group, an independent division within the MM&P United Inland Group. “Now that the ballots have been cast, we can join forces to build better working conditions for mariners in […]

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