Lots of platitudes but where is the beef?

[B]Maritime Industry Charging Into Future, Says Jaenichen[/B]

By MarEx
September 30, 2013

Acting Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, posted the following entry on Fast Lane, The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation:

The economic recovery continues to offer new opportunities for the U.S. maritime industry and the U.S.-flag fleet, and I am excited that our nation’s international shipping community has capitalized on these opportunities and is poised to expand even further. Recently, at the inaugural Tradewinds Jones Act Forum, I discussed the changes affecting the coastwise U.S.-flag maritime industry – also known as the Jones Act fleet.

Since its enactment, the Jones Act continues to ensure a level playing field for U.S. vessels moving cargo within the nation. The Act keeps skilled American mariners employed aboard American ships by requiring that products moved between U.S. ports be carried by U.S. vessels manned by U.S. crews. More recently, the Jones Act has been a catalyst for growth in the maritime industry and also our economy.

Supply boats, large tankers, and barge vessels are in high demand to support the production and movement of shale oil, a new, more abundant cargo source, between American coastwise ports. Currently 12 new self-propelled product and crude tankers are on order from American shipyards, with options to build more. In addition, more than 100 offshore vessels are on order at Gulf Coast shipyards, with the number of deep water rigs available in the Gulf of Mexico expected to increase by 25 percent by 2015.

That’s why this Administration has invested more than $150 million to boost U.S. shipyards that support production upgrades to increase capacity and competitiveness as well as shipyard efficiency.

It’s a wise investment. Since 2008, U.S. oil and natural gas production has increased overall and net imports of foreign oil and petroleum fell to their lowest level in nearly 20 years. We are now less reliant on oil imports than any time since 1993 with the U.S. on track to become the world’s largest oil producer by 2020.

And of course, increased production at our shipyards means middle-class jobs for Americans who not only build, but also operate these vessels. Additionally, the shipbuilding industry contributes more than $36 billion to our national economy.
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The Obama Administration remains committed to our shipping industry and to the policies that sustain domestic trade[/U][/I][/B]. This productive industry has helped grow America’s economy.

So Chip, where is any proposal or any action on MarAd’s part to build a bigger and better fleet for the nation? How about coming up with a mandate for all steam powered merchant vessels still flying the US flag be replaced by 2020?

C.Captain. That is too ambitious for MARAD. They can barely manage the ships that they have under their care.

[QUOTE=MattyB;121647]C.Captain. That is too ambitious for MARAD. They can barely manage the ships that they have under their care.[/QUOTE]

Sorry…I forgot the bunch I am speaking of. You are so sadly correct, but I want to believe the new guy who has actually been at sea (albeit on a sub and not a ship) might still be able to say something with more meaning than the chimp he replaced.

At least he is speaking of assisting the shipyards. That is a start. Now if we can only get MSC ships to stop using foreign shipyards we would be in better shape.

MSC uses foreign shipyards? Wow! If ANYONE needed to be strictly American repaired it’s the guys that work closely with the Navy. Sounds like a National Security risk to me. Do you really want Abdul Mohammed working on the cargo tanks just before they un-rep bunkers to an aircraft carrier?

[QUOTE=txwooley;121652]MSC uses foreign shipyards? Wow! If ANYONE needed to be strictly American repaired it’s the guys that work closely with the Navy. Sounds like a National Security risk to me. Do you really want Abdul Mohammed working on the cargo tanks just before they un-rep bunkers to an aircraft carrier?[/QUOTE]

HELL no I don’t want Abdul Mohammed working on a DAMN thing! But then, that’s typical of this damn commie administration selling us all down the river for the price of a flowery headband, some tea sunglasses, and a peace-sign embossed swede jacket. They don’t know a damn thing about the concept of “America First”. I always say when you get out to the far left and the far right the political spectrum becomes less of a PH scale in a line and more of a circle.

On the one side we’ve got John McCain trying to repeal the Jones Act to promote the interests of corporations that want to produce more products over seas and ship them here on everyone else’s ships more cheaply, and on the other side you’ve got Barry the communist from Chicago who doesn’t really care about outsourcing American maritime jobs, or any other type of American jobs for that matter, because it’s probably for the good of the economies of underprivileged third-world nations! What a joke!

We’re just as screwed in this industry as we always have been and we’ll stay this level of screwed or worse as far as Washington is concerned. There will never be a real mariner sitting at the head desk at MARAD, not in my lifetime anyway, and I doubt in anyone else’s either.

[QUOTE=PaddyWest2012;121653]HELL no I don’t want Abdul Mohammed working on a DAMN thing! But then, that’s typical of this damn commie administration selling us all down the river for the price of a flowery headband, some tea sunglasses, and a peace-sign embossed swede jacket. They don’t know a damn thing about the concept of “America First”. I always say when you get out to the far left and the far right the political spectrum becomes less of a PH scale in a line and more of a circle.

On the one side we’ve got John McCain trying to repeal the Jones Act to promote the interests of corporations that want to produce more products over seas and ship them here on everyone else’s ships more cheaply, and on the other side you’ve got Barry the communist from Chicago who doesn’t really care about outsourcing American maritime jobs, or any other type of American jobs for that matter, because it’s probably for the good of the economies of underprivileged third-world nations! What a joke!

We’re just as screwed in this industry as we always have been and we’ll stay this level of screwed or worse as far as Washington is concerned. There will never be a real mariner sitting at the head desk at MARAD, not in my lifetime anyway, and I doubt in anyone else’s either.[/QUOTE]

We can’t just blame the current administration. MSC ships have been using foreign shipyards for years. Additionally MSC long time charter vessels are doing the same thing. Diego Garcia vessels have been know to sail to the East Coars, discharge of their prepo cargo then sail on to the Caribbean to have their shipyard period. This is a complete disgrace.

MSC is a low bid operation PERIOD! They care only about the COST and for them CHEAPER is BETTER!

YES, AN UTTER DISGRACE!