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The Propeller Club – Port of Washington, DC announces Jen Wilk as new President

Ms. Wilk is the Director of Public Affairs and Development at the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA), the Alexandria, VA based national trade group representing owners and operators of all segments of the commercial U.S.-Flagged passenger vessel industry.  She brings eleven (11) years of experience working to advance safety, security, and environmental stewardship for the passenger vessel industry. She has served…

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The American Association of Port Authorities issues its fourth “State of Freight” report

The American Association of Port Authorities issues its fourth “State of Freight” report

The American Association of Port Authorities in January issued its fourth “State of Freight” report, this one on security-related infrastructure in U.S. ports. “The State of Freight IV”, like the others in the series, is based on a survey of AAPA member port authorities as to the infrastructure plans and needs of America’s deep-draft commercial ports. This particular survey brought…

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Mariners Will Be There!

Mariners Will Be There!

As dawn broke over Machias Bay, Maine, on June 12, 1775, 32 men – armed with guns, swords, axes and pitchforks and led by a revolutionary firebrand named Jeremiah O’Brien – brought their commandeered sloop Unity quietly around the lee side of Round Island. Their target, the British armed schooner Margaretta, immediately attempted to fire on the unarmed Unity, but…

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The Future of the Fleets: Coast Guard and NOAA Ship Recapitalization

The Future of the Fleets: Coast Guard and NOAA Ship Recapitalization

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, & the Coast Guard, will convene a hearing titled “The Future of the Fleets: Coast Guard and NOAA Ship Recapitalization,” at 9:30 a.m. on October 11, 2018. This hearing will examine the need for Coast Guard and NOAA fleet recapitalization, different vessel acquisition and procurement strategies, and the status of ongoing recapitalization efforts of each…

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Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Signed Into Law

Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Signed Into Law

The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, included as title I of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021), was signed into law today.  The new law will provide for investment in harbor, waterway, flood protection, and other water infrastructure improvements throughout the country. The bipartisan leaders of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Water Resources…

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Why the United States Needs a Merchant Marine – A Historical Basis

Why the United States Needs a Merchant Marine – A Historical Basis

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (Editorial) In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress and delivered a war message. In this speech he highlighted the main issue the United States faced with the Imperial German government, “Because submarines are in effect outlaws when used as the German submarines have been used against merchant shipping, it is impossible to defend ships against…

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