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#45

I know it is probably a waste of time many would say but damn, I have been submitting letters to the white house email portal weekly, just writing one of three letter variations, starting with stroking the Pres’s feathers and segwaying into our maritime industry concerns and proposals. You know the saying, if you make the boss feel like it’s his idea and it meshes with his/her favorite pet policy they just may adopt it. As follows, several variations. there is a character limit so I have sent these letters in two parts. One part with a lead in topic and the second part with the 8 major bullet points. If I run out of time I just send the 8 bullet points. Maybe someone on his staff actually will think it interesting enough to pass it along.

Mr. President:
Respectfully I am submitting this as Part II, the 8 initiatives promised in my previous email. These are suggested “America First” Maritime Transportation Infrastructure Revitalization Policies” which I submit and beg your indulgence and precious time in reviewing: Dear President Trump;
First sir, I applaud your courageous decision to protect the steel, aluminum & shipping industries & I advocate that US maritime shipping deserves the same and offers the greatest potential for job creation of all transportation modalities both foreign trading & domestic. Ships account for well over 92% of all international trade and yet US shipping accounts for only 2% of the goods transported into this nation. U.S. Maritime industry represents >600,000 Americans &has potential to easily double in size with support from you . Your proposed opening of greater offshore lease areas is another maritime bonanza for US jobs if & only if foreign vessels/firms are forced to hire US professionals or their ships are US registered, currently not the case. The PL-480 World food/ Food for Peace programs which the Obama administration reduced the US carrier requirement to 50% from 75% in 2012 and was subsequently slated for total replacement with the Obama “US cash for dictators”
In June 2017, you nearly passed an EO which would have increased US flag deep sea overseas shipping fleet by 50+ ships by requiring the food for peace grain we send to starving nations be transported 100% on US ships. Unfortunately Sen Bob Corker, Lee John McCain and other misguided anti-American Congressmen from landlocked states and uninformed foreign controlled conglomerates talked you out of it, a tragedy, but one I pray you will correct Mr. President!.
Although PL480 was frustrated by interference & CBP’s reversal on revisiting US vessel requirements in the OCS were tragic and foreign non-tax paying vessels and crews operate in the US oil field nullify much of the job creation you are encouraging, we are hopeful you will revisit them and continue support for Cabotage and Jones Act laws. I will follow up this email with 8 bullet points of critical importance in making America great again!

Very RespectfullyYours;

Dear President Trump;
The US maritime sector and shipping industry offer the greatest potential for growth and job creation of all the transportation modalities in both foreign trading and inland sectors. Maritime modality accounts for well over 92% of all international trade and yet US shipping accounts for only 2% of the goods transported into this nation. The U.S. Maritime industry represents over 600,000 Americans and has the potential to easily double in size with support from President Trump! The President’s proposed opening of greater offshore lease areas is another maritime bonanza for US jobs if and only if the foreign vessels and firms are forced to hire US professionals or reflagged to US registry which is currently not the case. The PL-480 World food/ Food for Peace programs which the Obama administration reduced the US carrier requirement to 50% from 75% in 2012 and was subsequently slated for total replacement with the Obama “US cash for dictators”
In June 2017, President Trump nearly increased US flag deep sea overseas shipping fleet by 50+ ships by passing an EO requiring the food for peace grain we send to starving nations be transported 100% on US ships. Unfortunately Sen Bob Corker and other misguided anti-American Congressmen from largely landlocked states and uninformed foreign controlled conglomerates talked him out of it, a tragedy, but one the President can correct.
Despite this we applaud his efforts, though PL480 was frustrated by Senator Corker’s interference and CBP’s reversal on revisiting US vessel Jones Act requirements for offshore oil field vessels were tragic and foreign non-tax paying vessels and crews operate in the US oil field nullifying much of the employment opportunities in the President’s new offshore leases and existing leases, we are hopeful his support for Cabotage and Jones Act laws and policies (vigorously attacked by Senators McCain, Flake and Corker), will continue.
Enclosed are several articles and portions of articles which I hope and pray will arrive on the president’s desk in one form or another. The prescient points I want to present are as the 8 bullet points on the opening page under “Suggested Presidential “America First” Maritime Transportation Infrastructure Revitalization Policies”.
Very RespectfullyYours;
OR:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President Trump & Executive Presidential Staff;
I am writing this letter again on the topic of the declining US maritime industry which should be the keystone lynchpin and often neglected piece of the President’s infrastructure revitalization plan. The US maritime sector and shipping industry offer the greatest potential for growth and job creation of all the transportation modalities in both foreign trading and inland sectors. Maritime modality accounts for well over 92% of all international trade and yet US shipping accounts for only 2% of the goods transported into this nation. The U.S. Maritime industry represents over 600,000 Americans and has the potential to easily double in size with support from President Trump! The President’s proposed opening of greater offshore lease areas is another maritime bonanza for US jobs if and only if the foreign vessels and firms are forced to hire US professionals or reflagged to US registry which is currently not the case. The PL-480 World food/ Food for Peace programs which the Obama administration reduced the US carrier requirement to 50% from 75% in 2012 and was subsequently slated for total replacement with the Obama “US cash for dictators” proposal was one that has a huge potential for increasing the US fleet by at least 50 to 75 ships. There has not been a National Maritime Policy since the Reagan Administration!
The prescient points will follow on this and a subsequent email I want to present are as the 8 bullet points on the opening page under “Suggested Presidential “America First” Maritime Transportation Infrastructure Revitalization Policies” below.
Suggested Presidential “America First” Maritime Transportation Infrastructure Revitalization Policies.

  1. RESTORE THE ORIGINAL 100% REQUIREMENT TO SHIP PL-480 FOOD PROGRAM ON US VESSELS AS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP THROUGH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER. (This initiative was sidelined by Sen Corker, Sen. McCain, Sen Flake and other Senators.)

  2. CONTINUE TO PRESERVE THE JONES ACT- RESIST GRANTING WAIVERS.

  3. DEMAND THAT 50%+ OF ALL US LNG EXPORTS BE TRANSPORTED ON US LNG CARRIERS. (If passed, the US shipping industry would rapidly by/acquire the LNG shipping capacity and in-flag under US flag the required capacity to achieve this).

  4. CONSIDER EVEN A MODEST REQUIREMENT TO SHIP ALL US MANUFACTURED OR SELECTED MANUFACTURED GOODS ON US FLAG VESSEL CARRIERS. (Originally proposed by President Nixon and never signed in effect by President Ford in 1973).

  5. REVISIT CBP’s ORIGINAL ATTEMPT TO ENFORCE THE JONES ACT WITHN THE OCS (Outer Continental Shelf oil fields).

  6. EXPAND THE MSP (Maritime Security Program) ABOVE THE 60 SHIP LEVEL AND INCREASE OUR EMERGENCY MILITARY USEFUL MERCHANT SHIPPING CAPACITY.

  7. INCREASE THE TITLE XI LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM (Not a subsidy, simply a fiduciary guarantee on loans to stimulate US shipbuilding)

  8. EXPAND AND GUARANTEE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK LOAN GUARANTEES AND PROGRAM STIMULATING THE US SHIPPING INDUSTRY AND U.S. MANUFACTURERS.

I implore you Mr. President, unschackle our potential and let us show you what the Maritime Industry, critical and all but forgotten, can do for you and TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Very RespectfullyYours;


#46

I doubt you will ever even receive a reply but if you do, it will be a canned form letter.


#47

well at least Denise Krepp has the courage to speak out

Helping MARAD Promote the Maritime Industry

By Denise Krepp 2018-07-30 20:20:02

Not all agencies share the U.S. Maritime Administration’s mission to promote the nation’s maritime industry. Three of the largest federal departments have long resisted MARAD’s efforts to enforce cargo preference rules, which require federally-financed cargoes to be carried aboard U.S.-flag ships - and without public support, this situation could easily continue.

When I became MARAD’s chief counsel in 2009, I was asked to lead the team responsible for drafting rules that would penalize other federal agencies for not complying with cargo preference laws. It’s now 2018, and the cargo preference rule has never left the Office of Management and Budget for public review. Over the intervening years, millions of dollars of U.S. federally-financed cargo have moved via foreign flagged ships instead of those crewed by U.S. mariners.

MARAD needs public support to move its rule-making efforts forward, and mariners and citizens can help, simply by raising awareness about the industry and its history. In 2017, a monument to US merchant mariners was dedicated in Wilmington, North Carolina on National Maritime Day. Local residents designed the memorial, raised money for it, and held a dedication ceremony. And you can do the same thing: your mayor would likely support a memorial to merchant mariners in the town square. Once it’s built, it can be used for commemorations and ceremonies, which are a great way to engage elected officials and the public at large.

What I’m proposing is an effort that would take time and commitment, but I’d argue that it is time well spent. The strength of our country was built up by brave men and women who went to sea. Reminding our neighbors and elected officials of this history helps ensure the vitality of the industry and gives MARAD the tools it needs to be successful in DC’s bureaucratic battles.

K. Denise Rucker Krepp is a former MARAD Chief Counsel and a locally elected official in Washington, D.C.

I wished she was the Maritime Administrator and not this useless Buzby cartoon character (who I doubt ever called John back like he said he would)


#48

Not all? Name even one.


#49

touche and that list includes the Maritime Administration


#50

To address the initial question:

Bring back the U-boats and have them torpedo vessels coming and going from US harbors at the sea-buoy.

Until there is…literally…a loaded gun pointed at people’s heads, they’re not going to change.

It is what it is because it’s not something else.


#51

A bit of good news, although it may be a bit old. I was down in Brownsville on assignment last week, in the AMFELS yard. Sad to see as there were NO construction projects on, but they had just ordered the steel for their new building program for two LNG powered container ships.