Former Maritime Administrators Speak Out for U.S. Merchant Marine (11/8)


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Two former U.S. maritime administrators – retired Vice Adm. Albert Herberger and retired Capt. William Schubert – are speaking out for the U.S. Merchant Marine in an opinion piece published by Defense News. Herberger, who also was deputy commander of TRANSCOM, served at MarAd from 1993-97, while Schubert served at the agency from 2001-05. Both currently work as maritime consultants.


Their jointly written piece begins: “During times of war or national emergency, the U.S. government relies on the U.S. Merchant Marine and its public-private partnership with the Department of Defense to ensure there is adequate U.S.-controlled capacity to transport critical cargo anywhere in the world at any time.


“Thanks to this partnership, the U.S. Merchant Marine’s vessels, infrastructure and manpower are at the nation’s disposal whenever necessary. Without this, our assured ability to deliver military equipment and supplies quickly and efficiently to our soldiers would be severely diminished.”


Herberger and Schubert go on to cite recent, dangerous cuts to cargo preference that will wipe out American jobs and harm the nation’s security. They advocate reversing the cuts by enacting the Saving Essential American Sailors (SEAS) Act, H.R. 6170.


The full article is available HERE




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