West Coast Sailors

September 2016

SUP-contracted Matson Navigation Company that it had signed an agreement with San Diego’s General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new combined container and roll-on/roll-off (Con-Ro) vessels for its Hawai’i fleet. 


August 2016

The platform adopted by the Republican Party at its convention in Cleveland calls for gutting the Jones Act which requires that vessels trading between American port be U.S.-built, U.S.-flag and crewed by American mariners. If Trump is elected and his platform is enacted, American seafarers will be on the beach permanently. 



July 2016

Speaking in Brussels, Belgium, on July 13, before negotiators involved in crafting the U.S.-European Union (E.U.) TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade pact, the London-based International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) stated forcefully that cabotage laws should not be included.


June 2016

The latest assault on the Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act of 1920) was thwarted on June 8, when an amendment to the Puerto Rico relief bill to exempt the U.S. commonwealth from the Act was ruled “out-of-order” in the House of Representatives Rules Committee.

May 2016

The Sailors’ Union of the Pacific overwhelmingly endorsed a true champion of labor and the U.S. Merchant Marine for the open United States Senate seat in California – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.


April 2016

On April 20, the SUP, MFOW, SIU, MEBA, MM&P and AMO submitted testimony to the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.


March 2016

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft and Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen stressed the critical need for the Jones Act to protect our economic and national security.

February 2016

The Sailors’ Union gained new work last month when Matson Navigation Company and Patriot Contract Services were awarded contracts to operate and maintain 10 vessels in the Ready Reserve Force. Seven of the ships are new for the SUP.

January 2016

 In the 1950s, there were more than 1,000 U.S. ships engaged in international trade. Each of these vessels employed and trained a pool of U.S. mariners we could rely on in a time of war to sail our forces to the fight. Today, there are only 78.

December 2015

President Obama signed omnibus spending legislation approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate that includes much needed and significant new funding levels for the Maritime Security Program.