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Military to Maritime Digital Career Platform Launched

The American Maritime Partnership today announced the launch of the Military to Maritime digital career platform (www.militarytomaritime.org), which is dedicated to helping veterans find meaningful, family-wage jobs in the maritime industry while supporting America’s national and economic security. Building on the numerous Military to Maritime career fairs across the country, the enhanced digital platform connects veterans with career opportunities in the U.S. shipbuilding and…

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Reps. Hunter, Garamendi Concerned over Jones Act Waiver

Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman and Ranking Member respectively of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, raised concerns today over the Trump Administration’s decision to issue a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act for relief shipments into Puerto Rico. Hunter and Garamendi held a listening session Thursday morning with other members of the Maritime Transportation Committee and representatives from the American maritime industry to explore this issue in depth.

From left to right: SCA President Matthew Paxton with Rep. Hunter and newly-elected Chairman, Richard McCreary (Photo: SCA)

Shipbuilders Council Names McCreary Chairman

Shipbuilders Council of America  names Richard McCreary as new chairman; honors Sen. Cochran and Rep. At its annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, named Richard McCreary of BAE Systems as the new chairman of the association. Additionally, SCA honored Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) as recipients of its Maritime Leadership Award, recognizing the two for their demonstrated dedication and support of the U.S.

Tom Allegretti (Photo: AWO)

AWO Testifies on Carrier Alliance, Tug Negotiations

AWO testifies before Congress on dangers of foreign carrier alliances negotiating collectively with U.S. Tom Allegretti, President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators, testified before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on the dangers posed by the Federal Maritime Commission's (FMC) decision to allow foreign carrier alliances to collectively negotiate with U.S. tugboat operators. Allegretti also emphasized AWO's view that such agreements violate both the letter and congressional intent of the Shipping Act…

LIVE Examination of Maritime Nuclear Smuggling Threat & Other US Port Security Risks Photo T&I Committee

Preventing Nuclear Smuggling at U.S. Ports

The subcommittees are meeting today to examine the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security to prevent the smuggling of nuclear materials in U.S. ports and other port security risks. This hearing follows last year’s hearing which examined the prevention and response to a dirty bomb at a U.S. port. It seems clear that Islamic extremists aspire to carry out a radiological attack, so this is a threat we need to take seriously. If they succeed even once, the consequences would be catastrophic. To be prepared, we must ensure that we have the proper screening and response protocols in place.

US Shipbuilders Council Presents Leadership Awards

U.S. Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and MARAD Administrator Chip Jaenichen received maritime leadership awards from the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) on April 14, 2016. The awards recognize exemplary individuals from Congress and the Administration who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, dedication and support to the shipbuilding and repair industry. “Both Rep. Crenshaw and Administrator Jaenichen have been integral in supporting the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry,” said Tom Godfrey, SCA Chairman and President of Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, Va.

Coastguardsman, Ship Crews to be Honored for Sea Rescues

A U.S. Coast Guard petty officer and the crews of two commercial ships will be honored by the Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2015. Hosting the event will be Rep. Duncan Hunter (Calif.), and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft is scheduled to speak. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Leon – an aviation survival technician – will receive the AFRAS Gold Medal for his role in rescuing four people.

Military2Maritime Career Fair Features 30 Exhibitors

San Diego Military2Maritime Career Fair with Rep. Hunter (R-CA) Connects California Veterans With Opportunity. More than one hundred veterans attended a Military2Maritime career fair on Monday June 22, 2015 from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego, Ca. The free event, sponsored by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) and hosted by the Port of San Diego, is part of a nationwide program to help connect the nation’s servicemen and women with jobs in the American maritime industry.

Isla Bella: General Dynamics NASSCO

World’s First LNG-Powered Containership Launched

General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 3,100 teu Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership. More than 3,400 shipbuilders, their families, and others attended the special event at the San Diego-based shipyard. After christening by Sophie Sacco — wife of Michael Sacco, president of the Seafarers International Union — the 754-foot-long Isla Bella slid into San Diego Bay on the high tide at 9:10 p.m. Fireworks erupted as the ship floated. The containership, part of a two-ship contract, was built for TOTE at what is the last major yard still in existence on the US west coast.

As part of the San Diego Ship Repair expansion, BAE Systems will purchase a new, additional dry dock, shown here as a rendering of where it would be positioned at the shipyard. It will be the company’s largest dry dock in the United States, measuring 950-feet long and 205-feet wide, with a design lifting capacity of 55,000 tons. (Image courtesy of BAE Systems)

BAE Systems to Expand San Diego Shipyard

BAE Systems announced it will invest approximately $100 million to expand drydocking capabilities at its San Diego shipyard. The investment, which will include the purchase of a new drydock and a range of infrastructure improvements at the yard, aims to enhance ship repair, maintenance and modernization services the company provides to the U.S. Navy, other government agencies and commercial customers, the company said. BAE Systems made the announcement today during a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating a new pier at the shipyard along the San Diego waterfront. Scheduled attendees included U.S.

Congressman John Garamendi

Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan GPS Backup Bill

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, introduced the bipartisan National Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Resilience and Security Act of 2015, H.R. 1678. H.R. 1678 would require the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Commandant of the Coast Guard and the Secretary of Transportation, to establish and sustain a reliable, land…

Coalition Calls for Action on Vessel Discharge Legislation

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and a broad-based coalition of organizations that rely on marine vessels to transport essential cargoes said a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges is urgently needed. The coalition called upon the Senate Commerce Committee to move quickly to approve S.373, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

Jones Act Gets Staunch Support

The United States Congress this week enacted the strongest statement of support for the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry since the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. The measure was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 3979), which noted that the national security benefits of the domestic maritime industry and the Jones act are “unquestioned.” The bill states that the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry are vital to…

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Interview: Matthew Paxton, President, Shipbuilders Council Of America

The U.S. commercial maritime industry is enjoying its most robust period in a generation, with a spate of newbuild activities spurred largely by a resurgent energy production market in the U.S. as well as new rules of vessel emissions which has forced owner to invest in new tonnage. For insight and perspective on the market Maritime Reporter & Engineering News visits with Matthew Paxton, who was selected to be the President of the Shipbuilders Council of America in 2007. In this capacity he advocates for a robust and expanding U.S. shipyard industrial base.

House Introduces Vessel Discharge Legislation

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed the House introduction of critical vessel discharge legislation yesterday, praising the leadership of sponsors Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), a senior member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Bipartisan cosponsors include Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)…

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Vessel Discharge Legislation Awaits Congressional Nod

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed the House introduction of critical vessel discharge legislation yesterday, praising the leadership of sponsors Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), a senior member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Bipartisan cosponsors include Reps. Jim Cooper (D-TN)…

AMP Chairman Tom Allegretti

American Maritime Industry Booming Testifies AMP

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation today heard first hand about America’s booming domestic maritime industry from Mark Tabbutt, Chairman of the Board of Saltchuk, one of the country’s most recognized transportation and distribution companies, who was testifying on behalf of the American Maritime Partnership (AMP). Tabbutt told Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) that American maritime, supported by the Jones Act, is strong, vibrant, and growing.

Mark Tabbutt testifying

Domestic American Maritime Industry Booming

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation today heard first hand about America’s booming domestic maritime industry from Mark Tabbutt, Chairman of the Board of Saltchuk, one of the country’s most recognized transportation and distribution companies, who was testifying on behalf of the American Maritime Partnership (AMP). Tabbutt told Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) that American maritime, supported by the Jones Act, is strong, vibrant, and growing.

Growing American Shipping Act Gaining Support

Legislation promotes revitalization of maritime industry through export of liquefied natural gas on U.S. Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member John Garamendi (D-Calif.) held a hearing Wednesday that brought together the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to address “The status of the Merchant Marine”. The hearing focused attention on H.R. 5270, the bipartisan Growing American Shipping Act or GAS Act, which would promote the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) on U.S.-flag vessels.

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US Shippers Seek Role in LNG, Oil Exports

The U.S. government should ensure that international trade of U.S. natural gas, and potentially crude oil, will offer opportunities for the domestic shipping industry, maritime groups said on Wednesday. Booming shale gas production has put the United States on track to become a major exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the next few years. While it would take time for U.S. shipyards to scale up to produce to the vessels needed to transport LNG overseas, shipping industry…

Hearing: 'The Status of the Merchant Marine'

Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation are scheduled to hold a hearing today on “The Status of the Merchant Marine”. Below are Hunter’s opening remarks. The Subcommittee is meeting today to review issues impacting the U.S. merchant marine, the important role it plays in our economy and national security, and ways we can work together to strengthen and expand the merchant marine. The U.S. maritime industry currently employs more than 260,000 Americans, providing nearly $29 billion in annual wages.

Hearing to Examine Status of US Merchant Marine

The U.S. Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week to examine issues impacting the U.S. merchant marine, the fleet of U.S. documented, or flagged, commercial vessels which carries imports and exports during peacetime and becomes a naval auxiliary to deliver troops and war materiel during wartime. This hearing, entitled “The Status of the Merchant Marine,” is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

Bill Promotes US LNG Vessel Transport

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 5270, the Growing American Shipping Act, which aims to modernize U.S. LNG shipping export laws and strengthen the maritime industry. The Subcommittee’s Chairman, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50), joined the legislation as an original cosponsor. Existing law, written before the natural gas boom when it was thought America would be a liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer…

John Garamendi: Photo from official video

Growing American Shipping Bill Introduced by Garamendi

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, informs ot the introduction of  H.R. 5270, the 'Growing American Shipping Act', to strengthen the U.S. maritime industry. The Subcommittee’s Chairman, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50), joined the legislation as an original cosponsor. Existing law, written before the natural gas boom when we thought America would be a liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer…

Dean Rosenberg testifies: Photo PortVision

Congress Maritime Safety Hearing: PortVision CEO Testifies

Maritime industry business intelligence provider PortVision says that its CEO, Dean Rosenberg, testified before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. "Yesterday I was honored to have the opportunity to testify before the US House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The purpose of the hearing was to focus on new ocean technologies, how these technologies can improve government performance, and any impediments that exist in the use of these technologies.

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PortVision CEO to Testify at U.S. Congressional Hearing

Hearing before U.S. Coast Guard & Marine Transportation Subcommittee will focus on how technology can improve maritime domain awareness, response capability and efficiency. PortVision CEO will testify about vessel-tracking technology advances and successes, and benefits of applying latest commercial solutions and best practices to federal agency initiatives. Testimony will draw on company’s experience serving 3,000 users including marine service providers, vessel operators, third-party terminal operators and every major oil company.