Maritime Industry descends on Capital Hill for first ever Maritime Congressional Sail-In

Last week I was in Washington, D.C. attending the first ever Maritime Congressional Sail-In. The purpose of the event was to increase awareness of the importance of America's maritime industry to the economic and national security of the United States, and to generate support for the programs and policies important to the survival and growth of the United States-flag merchant … [Read more...]

Jones Act Injuries – When does it apply?

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 is one of three congressional laws commonly referred to as the "Jones Act". Formerly, it was found at 46 U.S.C. Section 688, et seq. and was recently codified in October, 2006 at 46 U.S.C. Section 30104 et seq. The purpose of the Jones Act was to recognize the importance of a strong merchant marine system for national defense, and the growth of … [Read more...]

hawaii superferry – a ship captain’s perspective

A ferry at the center of much debate (including a record number of comments on this blog) has sailed into a storm that will likely sink her dream. The problem came Tuesday after Maui Judge Joseph Cardoza ruled against Hawaii Superferry resuming service to Maui until an environmental assessment is performed. While the Department of Transportation took quick action last week … [Read more...]