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Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Propeller Club Promotes Relationship with Congress

In his role as the new Executive Vice President of the International Propeller Club of the United States (IPCUS), John Cullather, is setting a course for the 50 American-based clubs, specifically, that involve streamlining and improving communication between ports and maritime policy issues and members of Congress.“Congress has played a vital role in U.S. ports since the founding of our nation,” says Cullather. “From the dredging of our harbors to the construction of lighthouses and the installation of aids-to-navigation…

2016 AOTOS Award Recipients (L-R) Christopher Wiernicki, Chairman and CEO of American Bureau of Shipping; Arthur E. Imperatore, Founder and President of New York Waterway; Captain Donald Marcus, International President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. Photo USS

Three Maritime Leaders Receive United Seamen's Awards

Arthur E. Imperatore, Founder and President of New York Waterways; Captain Donald Marcus, International President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots; and Christopher Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping, were recipients of the maritime industry's most prestigious Admiral of the Ocean Sea awards presented at the 47th annual United Seamen's Service gala industry dinner and dance October 28, 2016. The event was held at the at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City.

USMMA Alumni Set up Sexual Misconduct Task Force

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF) announced the creation of a Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment to address sexual misconduct at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). “Task force members will seek to work cooperatively with the Academy’s administration to develop a coordinated response to address sexual misconduct at USMMA,” according to John Arntzen, Chairman of the AAF Board of Directors. The Task Force…

Clockwise (from top left) Arthur E. Imperatore, Christopher Wiernicki, and Donald Marcus, Photo USS

Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award Recipients Named

The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2016 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Arthur E. Imperatore, Founder and President of New York Waterways; Donald Marcus, President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots; and Christopher Wiernicki, Chairman and CEO of American Bureau of Shipping. The maritime industry's most prestigious awards will be presented at the 47th annual gala industry dinner and dance at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City, on October 28, 2016.

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Seafarers International House Honors Maritime Leaders

Members of the maritime community gathered last evening at the New York Athletic Club to honor three of its leaders: H. Marshall Ainley (President, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association), Ian T. Blackley (President & CEO, Overseas Ship Management, Inc.) and Raymond J. Burke Jr. (Partner, Burke & Parsons). These individuals were given the 2016 “Outstanding Friend of Seafarers” Award by Seafarers International House, a Lutheran, non-profit agency serving merchant seafarers in Baltimore…

Charity Banquet to Honor ‘Outstanding Friends of Seafarers’

Seafarers International House will hold its 16th annual awards banquet from 6-10 p.m. on April 21 at the New York Athletic Club.   The banquet will honor Marshall Ainley, president of Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA); Ian Blackley, president and CEO of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG); and Ray Burke, partner at Burke & Parsons.   The Setting the Course annual award banquet supports Seafarers International House’s port mission and honors those in the maritime industry who’s achievements have earned them the Outstanding Friend of Seafarers Award. Register here.

Maritime Labor Alliance Holds Leadership Summit

The presidents and other elected officials of the constituent unions comprising the Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA) met Wednesday for their semiannual meeting in Washington D.C. to review the state of maritime labor in the U.S. and to establish priorities for the upcoming year. The Alliance, consisting of six U.S. maritime labor organizations, American Radio Association (ARA), Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU), International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU)…

William P. Doyle

Senate Confirms Doyle to Another Term

The United States Senate confirmed William P. Doyle to another term in office as a Federal Maritime Commissioner on the evening of March 23, 2015. The vote was a unanimous 89 in favor, 0 opposed, and 11 senators not voting. Upon confirmation, Commissioner Doyle said, “I would like to thank President Obama for his confidence in me, and I would also like to thank the U.S. Senate for taking up my nomination today. William Doyle was originally confirmed by the Senate on January 1, 2013 to fill the unexpired term of former Commissioner Joseph Brennan.

Golden Gate Ferry Captains Stage One-day Strike

The Golden Gate passenger ferry system, California's largest, was shut down on Friday by striking boat captains, disrupting service for thousands of San Francisco Bay-area commuters in a wider labor dispute over wages and benefits for transit workers. The 20 ferry pilots who work for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District walked off the job for the day to protest what union officials have criticized as bad-faith contract bargaining on the part of management.

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Coalition Asks Senate for Vessel Discharge Legislation

On June 20, a diverse coalition of 58 national and regional organizations representing a wide array of leading business, maritime and labor organizations signed on to a letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) urging that the committee mark up and approve S. 2094, a bill that would establish a uniform, science-based national framework for the regulation of ballast water and other vessel discharges. S. 2094, introduced on March 6 by Sens.

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AMC Appoints Caponiti as President

The American Maritime Congress (AMC), a nonprofit organization representing the U.S. maritime industry, announced the appointment of James E. Caponiti as President. Caponiti joined AMC as Executive Director in October 2011 upon the completion of more than 38 years of distinguished service with the Federal government. Caponiti’s appointment as President was effective on March 12, 2014. In that capacity, he oversees AMC business affairs, promotes its message on behalf of the United States maritime industry, and manages its daily operations.

Industry Urges Senate for Vessel Discharge Legislation

On March 13, a diverse coalition of 59 national and regional organizations representing a wide array of business, maritime and labor interests signed on to a letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee leadership, Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD), thanking them for cosponsoring S. 2094, a bill that would establish a uniform national framework for the regulation of ballast water and other vessel discharges, and urging swift Committee consideration and approval. S. 2094, introduced on March 6 by Sens.

William P. Doyle, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission.

FMC's Doyle Among Key White House Nominations

President Barack Obama last week announced 11 nominations to key Administration posts. Among them was William P. Doyle, who currently serves as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. William P. Doyle currently serves as a Commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Prior to joining the FMC, from 2011 to 2013, Mr. Doyle served as the Chief-of-Staff for the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association from 2011 to 2013. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Doyle was the Director of Permitting…

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US Merchant Marine Officers' Union Endorse NJ Congressman

Congressman LoBiondo has consistently demonstrated his steadfast support for the men and women of the U.S. Merchant Marine. His strong support of the programs that sustain the maritime industry has been unwavering. “America could not ask for a better champion of maritime jobs on either side of the aisle – we need more Members of Congress like Frank LoBiondo,” said M.E.B.A. Political Director Matt Dwyer. Frank LoBiondo is exactly the type of leader M.E.B.A. and its officials believe is needed to put Washington back on the right track.

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Maritime Industry Loses Labor Leader Jesse M. Calhoon

The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) is sad to announce that Jesse M. Calhoon, the M.E.B.A.’s longest serving President who is widely credited with ushering the Union into the modern era, died on Tuesday October 22. He was 90 years old. Calhoon served the M.E.B.A. as a powerful and visionary leader, and a tough negotiator who employers viewed as a formidable but trustworthy adversary. His dynamic service as M.E.B.A.’s top executive and Chairman of the Board of Trustees spanned over 20 years and six U.S. Presidencies.

M.E.B.A Launches Recruitment Video

The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) has released a new recruiting informational video that stresses the importance of the U.S. maritime industry. The video also  reveals the quality of M.E.B.A. marine officers and highlights the advantages and benefits of membership in a united and fraternal professional organization. Since the end of World War II, the US-merchant fleet plunged from 43,000 vessels to just over 1,150 at the beginning of the Korean conflict.

M.E.B.A. Interlake Members Seal New Labor Contract

Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) members sailing in the Interlake Steamship fleet have ratified a new 12-year contract recently hammered out with the company. The successor agreement to the original 10-year deal captures considerable wage hikes and locks up gains for vacation, medical, training and the Joint Employment Committee among other areas. It also ensures the security of a defined benefit pension plan for the M.E.B.A. membership. The pact covers 10 bulker vessels employing M.E.B.A. mates, engineers and stewards who are considered officers on the Great Lakes.

M.E.B.A. Ends Affiliation with Maritime Trades Department

Seeking to strengthen the voice of maritime labor in the United States and end jurisdictional battles and raiding between unions, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) disaffiliated with the Maritime Trades Department (MTD) of the AFL-CIO this week. Along with five other maritime unions, the M.E.B.A. formed a new group, the Maritime Labor Alliance. Two of the other unions making up the new six-member union Maritime Labor Alliance – the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the International Organization of Masters…

MEBE Calls for Protection of Food Peace Program Jobs

The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) calls for continued funding of the Food for Peace (PL 480) & Food for Progress programs. MEBA stands with 21 U.S. Senators and its United States maritime industry partners in protecting thousands of U.S. maritime and agricultural jobs by calling for continued funding of the Food for Peace (PL 480) and Food for Progress programs. These programs, administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development, create necessary cargo for the U.S.-Flag shipping industry through the delivery of vital overseas food assistance. Recently, M.E.B.A.

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MEBA Points to a US-crewed Cruise Ship

The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) raises awareness of U.S. mariners in the cruise industry in light of recent media interest. MEBA say it is proud to represent U.S. Merchant Mariners on the only U.S.-flagged and U.S. crewed cruise ship, the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) Pride of America. Recent media coverage concerning the cruise line industry has highlighted the lack of qualified ship’s officers in this industry. However, the coverage has not addressed the skill…

Union Seals Long-term Great Lakes Bulker Contract

The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) and Interlake Steamship Company have successfully reached an agreement on a 12-year contract for 10 bulker vessels on the Great Lakes. Rank and File Members Erik Wlazlo, Jon Hines, Rob Thomas and Kelsey MacDonald were in M.E.B.A. Headquarters to negotiate terms of the agreement. These members did a great job in assisting President Mike Jewell and M.E.B.A. Representative Greg Quintana in securing the defined benefit pension…

Liberty Maritime Changes Union Affiliation

MEBA accuses operator of creating labor dispute and delaying important cargoes. AMO enters into new collective bargaining agreement with Liberty. On Monday, Liberty Maritime Corporation announced that it had entered into a new collective bargaining agreement with the American Maritime Officers (AMO) union under which the AMO will provide U.S. citizen licensed deck officers and engineers to Liberty Maritime for the operation of five U.S.-flag dry bulk carriers effective October 1, 2011.

Union Officers: Reduced Manning Increases Risk

Insufficient Shipboard Manning Fuels Fatigue, Boosts Risks; U.S. Maritime Officers Call on Congress to Take Action. Cuts in manning levels and burgeoning paperwork loads are increasing the risk of maritime accidents worldwide. At a time when carriers have reduced crewing levels, ships’ officers are being forced to manage the paperwork load generated by a growing number of government regulations. Representatives of officers aboard U.S.-flag ships are calling on Congress to urgently review the situation and respond to the growing risks it entails for people…

SLSDC Board sworn in by DOT Secretart LaHood

The U.S. Senate confirmed William J. Mielke and Arthur H. Sulzer as members of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Advisory Board on January 1. William J. Mielke is Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Ruekert/Mielke, a consulting engineering company located in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. He has been a Director of Bank Mutual Corporation since 2000 and its subsidiary, Bank Mutual, since 1988. Mielke is also a Fellow of the American Consulting Engineers Council and has served as a diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Doyle Joins FMC

On Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of William P. Doyle, of Pennsylvania, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner. Commissioner Doyle was sworn in on January 10, 2013. Today, a ceremonial swearing-in of Mr. Doyle took place at the Commission. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Doyle served over 20 years in the maritime and transportation industry holding senior positions in executive leadership and operations. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Weymouth.

Congressional Maritime Caucus Formed

Rep. Cedric Richmond and Rep. Michael Grimm Announce the Formation of the Congressional Maritime Caucus; Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association applauds the announcement and looks forward to working with the co-chairmen. In an effort to give the maritime industry an ongoing and consistent voice in the House of Representatives, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) announced the formation of the first ever Congressional Maritime Caucus. “From Alaska to Puerto Rico…