Congressional ‘Sail-In’ Announced

March 2010

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The U.S. Maritime Coalition recently announced the first ever Congressional “Sail-In,” which is scheduled to take place on Capitol Hill on May 13, 2010.

The event represents the American maritime industry’s plan to bring together a diverse group of maritime professionals in an organized fashion to lobby Congress, according to the coalition.

A main purpose of the Sail-In is increasing Congressional awareness of the importance of America’s maritime industry to the economic and national security of the United States. Another focal point of the event is to generate support for the programs and policies important to the survival and growth of the United States-flag merchant marine and to the jobs of American merchant mariners as well as the rest of America’s maritime workforce.

“The maritime industry is the backbone of the American and global economy,” said Vice Admiral Albert J. Herberger, USN (Ret.), former Administrator for the U.S. Maritime Administration, and former Deputy Commander-in-Chief for the U.S. Transportation Command.

“We represent thousands of jobs, billions of dollars in investment and we are the critical connection to the global economy. We can’t take it for granted that government understands the complex nature of the American maritime industry and the necessity of the U.S.-flagged merchant fleet.”

The Sail-In is designed to mimic the idea of a fly-in, a tactic that many companies use to rally support. Hundreds of hard-working individuals from across the American maritime industry have been invited to Washington to participate.

Individuals will be separated into teams and will see as many members of Congress as possible in as many Congressional offices as possible throughout the day. The meetings will entail informing Congressional representatives of the American maritime industry’s importance to economic and national security as well as the thousands of jobs created and maintained as a result of the industry.

When announcing the event, the coalition noted that anyone who is interested is encouraged to visit in order to get information and register (at no cost) for the Sail-In.

The U.S. Maritime Coalition is a volunteer group of representatives from throughout the U.S. maritime industry, including shipboard labor unions.

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