West Coast Sailors

August 2001

The U.S. Department of Transportation has implemented a draconian and invasive new rule regarding drug and alcohol testing records for merchant mariners.

July 2001

The U.S. Customs Service has published a Final Rule that requires that equipment purchased foreign for repairs made by U.S.-flag vessels when they are outside of the U.S., including maintenance and repair while these vessels are on the high seas, are subject to declaration, entry and payment of a 50% ad valorem duty.

June 2001

The SUP Committee on Constitution met at Headquarters to review, consider and make recommendations on the nine proposed amendments to the SUP Constitution and the ten proposed amendments to the SUP Shipping Rules.

May 2001

Congressional leaders, unions, industry, urge full funding, maintenance of citizenship requirements; oppose transfer from MarAd to Department of Defense.
The annual fight to fund the Maritime Security Program (MSP) is ongoing in Washington, D.C. and across the country as Congress tackles President Bush?s fiscal year 2002 budget.

April 2001

A report released in March by the International Commission On Shipping (ICONS) states that thousands of seafarers in 10 to 15 percent of the world's ships work in slave conditions.

March 2001

Andrew Furuseth made sailors men, but Harry Lundeberg gave them lives worth living. No one, not even Furuseth, did more to improve the basic facts of life for those who go to sea...

March 2001

The Bush Administration's proposed budget would severly hamper the development of the U.S. Merchant Marine. According to the Office of Management and Budget's "Blueprint for New Beginnings"...

February 2001

The SUP gang in the Ready Reserve Force vessel Cape Girardeau has won high praise from all quarters for its outstanding performance in training exercises with the U.S. Navy.

January 2001

Gains achieved in wages, overtime, vacation and benefits.

December 2000

Declares support for the Jones Act and Maritime Security Program.
President-elect George W. Bush has indicated his strong support for the U.S.
merchant marine.