President’s Column

Standing up for Cargo Preference The American maritime industry’s constant battle to uphold the Jones Act is vital, but it’s definitely not the only area in which we stand up for the U.S. Merchant Marine. Like the Jones Act and the U.S. Maritime Security Program, cargo preference laws are another staple of U.S.-flag shipping. With…

Transportation Secretary Chao Underscores Maritime Support

DOT Secretary Elaine L Chao addresses the NDTA meeting. (Photo Courtesy DOT) U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao recently reiterated the department’s strong support of American maritime. Speaking Oct. 8 at the National Defense Transportation Association’s fall meeting in St. Louis, Secretary Chao noted the importance of the Jones Act,…

IMB Piracy Report Shows Improvement

The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) recently released their “Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships” report for the period Jan. 1-Sept. 30, 2019. The overall data shows that piracy numbers are down across the globe, with the total numbers for the period almost identical to the same period in 2017. The total…
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Seafarers Transport Crowley’s Wreaths Across America Shipment

SIU-contracted Crowley Maritime Corp. has issued the following news item. The wreaths will be transported aboard the Seafarers-crewed MV El Coquí. Crowley Honors Veterans with Major Donation, Logistics Services to Wreaths Across America Contributions Support Nearly 13,000 Wreaths for Veterans’ Headstones in Puerto Rico, Jacksonville and Beyond (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; Dec. 6, 2019) ­– Honoring the service…

SCA Announce New Chairman, Vice Chairman

The following news release was issued by the Shipbuilders Council of America on December 4. Shipbuilders Council of America Announce Rob Stuardi as Chairman and Mark A. Haller as Vice Chairman of the SCA Partners Committee   WASHINGTON – The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today announced the appointment of the new Chairman and the new…

SIU-Contracted Companies Honored for Environmentally Safe Operations

Numerous SIU-contracted companies were among the organizations recently honored for environmental safety by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA). The host organization on Nov. 13, 2019 presented Certificates of Environmental Achievement to 61 companies, representing 1,565 vessels, for a combined total number of 14,008 years without a reportable environmental incident. According to the CSA,…
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