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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 which in turn could revitalize U.S. shipbuilding and strengthen national security.

“What if we recognized that the export of liquefied natural gas, when and where deemed appropriate, provides us with a unique opportunity to rebuild the American shipbuilding industry and strengthen our merchant marine?” Garamendi asked.

“We have an opportunity to make sure that a very significant part of the American economy has an opportunity to blossom and grow—not just the shipyards—but the entire supply chain: electronics, engines, and more,” he added.

“When we export LNG, we need to make sure that the export of this natural asset is being conducted by American sailors on American ships. In doing so, we will revitalize America’s shipbuilding industry in a big way.”

Garamendi is the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructures Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. He made the remarks in a speech at a maritime conference on April 9. Garamendi also seized the opportunity to defend the Jones Act and underline the essential role of American mariners in our country’s economy and national defense.