CATO’s Continued Attempt to Skin the Jones Act

On December 6, 2018, the CATO Institute is hosting a conference, entitled – “The Jones Act: Charting a new Course after a Century of Failure”. This forum aims to discuss the future of the U.S. maritime industry, but the overarching supposition and basis for the entire endeavor is the abject failure of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly known as the Jones … [Read more...]

Veteran’s Day In Peace And War

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (gCaptain) This Veteran’s Day we remember the thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen who gave their lives in defense of the United States of America.  We should also remember the thousands of merchant mariner veterans who set sail under the flag of the United States and exposed themselves to risk and … [Read more...]

gCaptain Bookshelf – Review of Maritime Transport 2018?

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (gCaptain) Many members of the maritime industry enter the profession without an adequate knowledge of what preceded it and how it evolved over time.  Even those who graduate from professional institutions, such as the states or federal maritime academies, may have only a passing knowledge, while many outside the profession are starved … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

The Jones Act And Duncan Hunter – A Rebuttal

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano (Editorial) Opponents of the American Maritime Industry and the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known as the Jones Act, have new ammunition in their assault against this sector and legislation and it is Congressman Duncan Hunter.  There is absolutely no defense for the actions taken by Congressman Hunter and he should be made accountable.  … [Read more...]