West Coast Sailors

December 2001

This month it was reported that Western intelligence has identified 20 merchant vessels believed to be linked to Osama bin Laden, which could now be subject to arrest at ports all over the world.

November 2001

In a move to liberate the U.S. Merchant Marine from restrictive and damaging federal tax and regulatory burdens, Congressman James Oberstar introduced on November 8, the Merchant Marine Cost Parity Act of 2001.

October 2001

In the aftermath of the events of September 11, Congress is beginning the legislative process to increase security in the nation?s ports and maritime borders.

September 2001

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush has declared that the United States of America is at war.
Congress acted swiftly and with resolve on September 14, approving a $40 billion emergency spending bill to respond to the attacks and giving the president sweeping authority to retaliate against those responsible.

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...