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US agency creates Jones Act enforcement division

Amid increased pressure from the US maritime industry to boost Jones Act enforcement, the US Customs and Border Protection has created a new division of enforcement for the nearly century-old law.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations has created the National Jones Act Division of Enforcement, which has a mission to “assist CBP and industry partners [...]

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Vice President Joe Biden makes official visit to Port of San Diego

From the Port of San Diego:

The Port of San Diego was honored to welcome Vice President Joe Biden for an official visit on July 13, 2016, to deliver remarks on trade enforcement.

The Vice President’s speech took place at the Port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego, where a large U.S. flag [...]

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Southern California was shut out of freight, road grants; local members of Congress are furious

From the Press-Telegram:

”Los Angeles is home to the busiest port complex in our nation and the region is responsible for moving 40 percent of the nation’s cargo trade,” wrote Congresswoman Janice Hahn. ”It is where the freight network begins and ends and should have been an obvious choice for a grant.”

Local lawmakers are [...]

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Bernie Sanders Scores A Big Win For 62 Million Americans With $15 Minimum Wage Victory

The $15/hour minimum wage took another step towards becoming a reality after Bernie Sanders won the addition of the increase to the Democratic platform.

In a statement, the Sanders campaign announced:

Raising the federal minimum wage sets the moral standard in this country that we as Democrats affirm over and over again that ensuring that [...]

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SOLAS Container Mass Verification Rule Enter into force

From Marine Link:

A new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship enters into force today (1 July 2016). It will assist in ensuring that the millions of containers carried on ships each year are optimally stowed, thereby helping to prevent container stacks collapsing [...]

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United Kingdom’s Brexit vote: ITF and ETF comment

”The ETF deeply regrets the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum. It is a sad but strong signal that an adequate European Union social policy is absent, and has sent workers away from the European project. The EU’s policies do not reflect workers’ expectations; a change has to come rapidly before other countries follow [...]

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FMC Chairman Mario Cordero urges ocean carriers to accept obvious path to VGM compliance

The MSC Napoli disaster of 2007 was one of many incidents that brought container weight safety issues to the forefront.

With the July 1 implementation date for new container weighing requirements fast approaching, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said the time has come for ocean carriers to embrace the obvious solution to [...]

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FMC Chairman addresses US-China regulatory issues

Consolidation of shipping lines, realignment of carriers alliances, environmental improvements in the shipping industry and achieving supply chain efficiencies were all among topics addressed during the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations held in Los Angeles last week.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero co-headed the U.S. delegation to the meeting with Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael [...]

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Sanders demands Democratic Party reforms

Excerpts from Politico:

Bernie Sanders delivers a message outside his campaign office in Washington, D.C. earlier today.

Bernie Sanders delivered a simple message Tuesday at a press conference outside his campaign’s Capitol Hill office: The Democratic Party needs to be transformed, and he plans to push for that all the way through the Democratic [...]

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Amendment to exempt Puerto Rico from Jones Act rejected

The US House of Representatives Rules Committee has rejected a proposed bill amendment that would have exempted Puerto Rico from the requirements of the Jones Act.

Opposition to the amendment, led strongly by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) said that lifting Jones Act requirements would be of little economic help to the Caribbean island, which [...]

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In Defense of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has released a statement regarding Rep. Gary Palmer’s (R-AL) proposed measure to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act – which requires waterborne cargo between two points in the United States to be transported on vessels that are American built, owned and crewed.

The Palmer amendment to H.R. 5278, the [...]

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In Santa Monica, Bernie Sanders vows to fight on

From the Los Angeles Times:

Sanders said he expects the gap between him and Hillary Clinton in California to diminish as more returns come in and says he will take his fight to the last primary, which is next Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Sanders avoided hitting Clinton during the speech and congratulated her on her [...]

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California State Senate approves bill restricting taxpayer funding for Oakland-style coal projects

For the second time in two days, the California Senate approved a bill by Sen. Loni Hancock to block projects like the one that threatens to make Oakland the largest coal exporter on the West Coast.

Specifically, SB 1279 states that the California Transportation Commission will not allocate state funds for projects proposed after Jan. [...]

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What presumptive nominee? California Democrats still have some things to say

From The Los Angeles Times:

It was yet another election day slap in the face for Californians on Tuesday: Hours before voters were to cast ballots that one presidential candidate promised would upend the race, the media declared that the race was actually over.

Once again, the presidential primary has been decided elsewhere.

The Associated [...]

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Media shrugs as Bernie Sanders draws enormous crowd in Oakland

Bernie Sanders held a rally Monday in Oakland at the Frank Ogawa Plaza with conservative estimates counting attendance between 20,000 and 30,000 people.

The media continues to berate Bernie Sanders for taking his campaign all the way to the Democratic National Convention with headlines like “Why Won’t Bernie Sanders Just Give Up Already?” However, [...]

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