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MM&P has joined forces with other maritime unions and labor groups to advocate for jobs in new and emerging energy-generation platforms, such as windfarms, that rely on coastwise shipping.

The coalition will advocate before the administration and Congress for new short sea shipping projects and jobs for union members.

The AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department spearheaded the effort, which is backed by labor unions, businesses and allied groups that support marine highway initiatives.

MM&P, the Seafarers International Union, the International Longshoremen’s Union and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department joined other participants last week in a kick-off meeting that was hosted by the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.

The group discussed emerging industries—such as windfarms and other energy sources linked to the shift away from fossil fuels—that would benefit from a robust short sea shipping system.

The coalition’s next meeting is planned for March.