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Matson christens first Kanaloa class vessel 'Lurline' in San Diego

On Saturday, June 15 in San Diego, the General Dynamics shipyard NASSCO christened and launched the merchant ship Lurline on June 15.

Worldwide May Day protests draw Union workers and demonstrators

A wide array of protestors launched marches, rallies, demonstrations around the world on May 1, the day designated for many decades as International Workers’ Day.

Record numbers in Congress advocate full MSP support

Senators and Representatives have urged their colleagues to support the Maritime Security Program. 

Congress hears from maritime labor

Two sets of hearings in both the House and Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on March 6, highlighted the critical nature of existing legislation, government funding and program support for maritime interests as both a vital American industry and a national defense asset. 

Dave Connolly elected SUP President

The triennial election of officers of the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific –via secret, mail balloting over a two-month period– concluded on February 1, with the tallying of ballots and the certification of the election by UniLect, the Impartial Balloting Agent selected by the membership at the November 2018 Union meetings.

Practices of Department of Defense contractors skirt U.S. Military Cargo Preference Act to the detriment of the U.S. Merchant Marine

The Military Cargo Preference Act of 1904 is crucial to the survival of the U.S. Merchant Marine. The law provides that only U.S.-flag ships “may be used for the transportation by sea of supplies bought for” the military services, thereby providing an essential base of preference cargo that sustains the private U.S.-flag fleet in times of peace.