Maritime industry announces Congressional 'Sail-In' (1/31)

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The U.S. Maritime Coalition has announced plans for its second annual Congressional “Sail-In,” an effort to educate members of Congress on the importance of the American maritime industry. The event is scheduled to be conducted on Capitol Hill on May 4, 2011.


This year’s Sail-In aims to build on the success of last year’s event. Several maritime groups are expected to attend, including international and domestic carriers, terminal operators, and maritime labor unions, including the SIU. The event will address the importance of pro-maritime legislation and programs, as well as talk about the impact that a strong maritime industry has on the economy and national security.


VADM Albert J. Herberger, a former U.S. Maritime Administrator and current head of the volunteer organizing group, said that for last year's event, "We had folks from 20 states, 48 congressional districts, 28 companies, nine unions and labor organizations, and 10 related associations. That’s a powerful message to Congress."


According to the coalition, at this year’s event, the stakes have been raised by a changing political climate. A large class of freshman congressional representatives, as well as the loss of several longtime friends of the maritime industry, means that it’s now more important than ever to mobilize and stand up for a strong maritime industry.


"The meetings will entail informing Congressional leaders of the American maritime industry’s importance to the economic and national security of the United States, of the important role the industry plays in supporting American troops and America’s defense mission overseas, and of the thousands of American jobs created and maintained throughout the industry," the coalition noted in a news release.


For more information on the Sail-In, as well as registration instructions, visit


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