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MM&P State of the Union Report

January 14th 2016

As we enter the 129th year since our founding in January 1887, our union’s time-honored slogan, “Faith Is a Living Power,” could not be more germane. Although a number of challenges cloud the horizon, our bearings remain true. We will steam ahead as we have through the generations since our founding. It is worthwhile recalling […]

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USNS CHOCTAW COUNTY JOINS FIFTH FLEET

November 4th 2015

MSC Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) USNS CHOCTAW COUNTY is the first ship of its kind to join the Navy’s Fifth Fleet. The Fifth Fleet’s area of responsibility includes the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean. The CHOCTAW COUNTY will be lay-berthed in the Mina Salman port […]

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MARITIME LABOR ALLIANCE SUMMIT

October 16th 2015

Leaders of the six unions that constitute the Maritime Labor Alliance met to review the state of maritime labor in the United States and to establish priorities for the upcoming year. Topics of discussion included the need to protect the hard-fought successes of the most recent longshore contract campaigns on the East, Gulf and West […]

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​HOUSE SHOWS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM

October 15th 2015

The House of Representatives on Friday voted overwhelmingly to support a measure authorizing increased funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP). The provision, included in legislation to allow crude oil exports, would raise the amount that could be paid to each MSP vessel to $5 million per ship beginning in Fiscal Year 2017. During debate […]

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CREW OF AMHS FERRY LECONTE RESCUES SIX FISHERMEN

September 16th 2015

The crew of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry LECONTE rescued six men from a capsized fishing boat on Sept. 3. The rescued men reported that their anchor had gotten stuck as they attempted to raise it. A powerful electric anchor winch kept pulling the anchor line, lowering the bow of the boat. At […]

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Australian Tankermen Lose Jobs to Foreign Replacements

August 3rd 2015

Thirty-six Australian mariners who went on strike in July over a plan to outsource their jobs are now unemployed. Their ship, the MT Alexander Spirit, is the fourth Australian-crewed fuel tanker to be offshored in the past year. For a week, the Australian mariners had refused orders to sail the ship from Devonport, Tasmania, to […]

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