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USA Maritime, food aid partners urge support for programs that employs U.S.-flag shipping

USA Maritime, which the Sailors’ Union is a member, has joined with a large and diverse group of organizations urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support funding for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program and the Food for Progress program. As stated in the Coalition’s January 30 letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, “these programs improve livelihoods and educational opportunities, while building the political stability and capacity necessary to grow future markets for U.S. agricultural products.”

Government slams Matson’s challenge to APL’s Guam service

The U.S. Department of Transportation told the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that Matson Navigation Company’s “untimely” challenge to federal subsidies granted to rival container shipper American President Lines for Guam and Saipan trade routes as part of the Maritime Security Program must be rejected for lack of jurisdiction.

Captain, ‘safety culture’ blamed for the sinking of the El Faro

A ship captain’s unwillingness to listen to his crew’s suggestions to change course from the path of a raging hurricane; A weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to deal with heavy weather; An old ship with outdated lifeboats, open to the elements are factors that contributed to the sinking of the El Faro in the fury of Hurricane Joaquin on October 1, 2015. 

Congressional leaders stress critical need for Jones Act, push back on false claims

Congressman John Rutherford (R-Florida) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) highlight the importance of American maritime for Puerto Rico’s recovery and the capacity and capability of Jones Act vessels to meet Puerto Rico’s present and future needs. 

Misinformation prompts pervasive attack on the Jones Act – Unions and members of Congress set the record straight

Every time a natural disaster in the United States requires the assistance of U.S.-flag shipping, the rats who shill for foreign interests swarm out of the sewers to call for the waiver or repeal of the Jones Act.

Reserve fleet deficiencies cited in government report are threat to American sealift capabilities

The U.S. Government Accountability Office heightened growing concern over the alarming conditions of government-owned standby cargo ships intended for surge sealift service in national security emergencies.