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...]

GAO: DOT Needs to Finalize Require Maritime Strategy for Sustaining the U.S.-Flag Fleet ASAP

The U.S. Department of Transportation needs to expeditiously finalize a national maritime strategy for sustaining the U.S.-flag fleet and ensuring the availability of American mariners, the Government Accountability Office said in a report. In a crisis, the United States' government relies on oceangoing, U.S.-flag ships and U.S.-citizen crews to help the military transport … [Read more...]

US Merchant Marine Veterans Of WW2 Have Waited 75 Years And Counting

A CASE TO SUPPORT American Merchant Marine Veterans Legislature H.R. 5879 & S. 2127 By Capt. Christopher J. Edyvean (AMMV) 75 years is an enormous amount of time to fathom for most of us. Isn’t ‘seven-plus decades ago’ a time spoken of only by historians and in documentaries? Very few adults who walked Mother Earth then are still alive now. We refer to them as the … [Read more...]

Top 10 Reasons Why The US Merchant Marine Is Failing

by Capt. John Konrad (gCaptain) In 2018 politicians, presidents and corporate leaders spend a considerable amount of time in front of cameras and talking with journalists but this isn't just a stroke of ego, it's to garner political will. Conversely, the US Merchant Marine is drowning because it has no political will. The question is why? "Merchant Mariners have written one of … [Read more...]

Remembering Those Lost At Sea In War And Peace

Today is Memorial Day in the United States and gCaptain will donate a portion of all patriotic shirts to the American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV). Countless American Merchant Mariners have been lost at sea delivering the gear our troops and sailors need to defend freedom. Aircraft Carriers would return home without the food, ammunition and aviation fuel supplied by … [Read more...]