from the “without Federal Government support or legislation there would be NO U.S. Merchant Marine” desk comes this bit of news today
NOVEMBER 21, 2018 — After two days of negotiations in Geneva between the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the ILO minimum wage for an Able Seafarer (AB) is to be increased by $27 a month over the next three years.
According to a statement released by the parties, the wages will provide an overall increase of 4.5% on the current rate of $614, with an increase of $4 as of July 1, 2019, followed by an increase of $7 as of January 1, 2020 and a final increase of $16 as of January 1, 2021.
yes, you read that correctly. AB level wages on foreign ships (read flag of convenience ships employing mostly Asian nationals) are right at about $20 a day so figure a turd mate brings home something like $40 and you can guess at the rest of the crew wage levels. all this largess from the managers and owners plus one year contracts too!
with such numbers now can the US ever have a foreign going fleet unless the government supports it either with subsidies or protectionist laws!