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House hearing focuses on Jones Act, security, workforce needs

From WorkBoat.com:

The U.S.-flag merchant fleet needs support in recruiting and training a new generation of mariners, and stronger government support for the Jones Act and cargo preferences to maintain its foreign trade capability, industry advocates told Congress Wednesday.

The House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation kicked off its 2018 proceedings with a […]


White House releases plan to make Arctic shipping safer

From the Chicago Tribune:

As Arctic ice melts away, opening the way for greater oil development and mining, the White House outlined a plan on Thursday to promote safety and security in the region by building ports, improving forecasts of sea ice, and developing shipping rules.

The White House plan was released on the same […]


Pentagon Releases Strategy for Arctic

As a shrinking northern ice cap sets the stage for increased competition over natural resources, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday released the Pentagon’s first “Arctic Strategy,” intended to safeguard American security interests and the region’s environment.

The Pentagon’s Arctic strategy places a priority on preparations to detect, deter, prevent and defeat threats to the […]


Department of Defense deals TWIC serious blow

From Land Line Magazine:

With the first round of five-year expiration dates bearing down on TWIC holders, the TSA offered a three-year extension. U.S. citizens with current TWICs that will expire on or before Dec. 31, 2014, can opt to pay $60 to extend the expiration date for three years.

The embattled Transportation Worker Identification […]


Maersk in U.S. cargo deal worth up to $2.1 billion

The Department of Defense is increasingly shipping war supplies on commercial lines.

Maersk Line, a unit of Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, has won a contract worth up to $2.1 billion for international shipping of U.S. military cargo, the Defense Department said on Monday.

American President Lines Ltd, part of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines Group, won […]


Labor officials accuse Cargill of discrimination in Ark., move to cut off federal contracts

The Washington Post reported earlier this month:

The U.S. Labor Department claims Cargill Meat Solutions discriminated against more than 4,000 qualified people who applied for entry-level jobs at the company’s plant in Springdale, Ark., with women less likely to be hired and Asians and Pacific Islanders unfairly favored over other races.

Federal officials said Tuesday […]


Follow the Money: The Cost of the War on Terror

Broken down individually, the government has spent $806 billion for Iraq, $444 billion for Afghanistan, $29 billion for enhanced security and $6 billion on “unallocated” items. The vast majority of all the money appropriated has gone to the Department of Defense. … Only $8 billion (or 1 percent) went to veterans’ care, via the […]