In conference on October 1, the Senate receded to the House on the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) provisions in the fiscal year 1992 Maritime Administration appropriations bill. This action effectively killed the Senate amendment which would have restricted RRF purchases to U.S.-flag vessels and repairs/modifications of these ships to U.S. yards (except for the three Danish ships used during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm).
Representative Neal Smith of Iowa fought hard to defeat the amendment for strengthening the U.S. maritime industrial base. Unfortunately, the Senate conferees did not stand their ground. In addition to the U.S. industrial base issue, there is the serious question of whether or not the old foreign vessels contemplated for the RRF are capable of meeting operational readiness goals. MarAd has indicated that it does not intend to do any extensive conversion work on the ships; for example, strengthen the decks to allow them to carry more military tanks or incorporate other special design characteristics that the Army says it needs.
In 1981, the U.S. Government terminated subsidies to U.S. yards.
On October 1, 1991, conferees on the FY 1991 Commerce, State, and Justice Appropriations bill effect i v e l y agreed with the A d m i n i s t r a t i o n ' s plan to use taxpayer's dollars to subsidize foreign yards instead.
As U.S. shipyards continue to close because they cannot compete against subsidized foreign shipyards, the Maritime Administration has lobbied hard to buy ships for the RRF that have been built in subsidized foreign yards. Apparently, the Appropriation conferees agreed with MarAd that it is good policy to take advantage of the very subsidy practices which the U.S. Trade Representative has been trying to eliminate through international negotiations for more than two years— so far, without success.
There is another irony in this situation. The subsidized ships the Administration wants to buy will do little to achieve the purpose of enhancing our nation's sealift capability.
They are too old and too slow and lack many of the required de- sign features. As the Persian Gulf war proved, the military needs ships that have 24-knot speed capability and are maintained in a reduced operating status to ensure quick deliverability of heavy military equipment to the theater of operation.
It was clearly demonstrated during Operation Desert Storm t h a t the ships in Mar Ad's Ready Reserve Force were not up to the task. They were old, poorly maintained, and could not be activated in a timely fashion. Thus, it took six months for the U.S. to get its equipment to the Persian Gulf. In contrast to the RRF, the Navy's seven fast sealift ships which are maintained in reduced operating status, carried 10 percent of all the cargo to the Persian Gulf. It took 71 RRF ships to carry only 20 percent of the cargo.
The nation needs modern, efficient sealift ships, and U.S. shipyards certainly need the business.
The policy decision of the Administration and the Appropriations conferees won't significantly improve our sealift capability, but it will further erode our shipyard industrial base.
Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). Last May, the Senate approved its version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), S. 601. The bills will next head to conference to reconcile the two versions. Senate leaders announced that Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara
relied upon by U.S. shipowners for more than 65 years Title XI Credit Insuranee Discontinued When the Conference Report for the Omnibus Spending Bill, which provides funding for the federal government through September 30, 2003, was released on the February 13, 2003. it was there for all to see
million and $20.4 million, respectively, for the Title XI program in the Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and related agencies appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2001. The conferees on the bill finally agreed to increase funding to $30 million, well above the President's request. To meet its
Development Act (H.R. 6), on October 17, Joe Farrell, president of The American Waterways Operators (AWO), said that "This first omnibus waterways bill in 16 years is a remarkable achievement. The development of this legislation is the result of a constructive compromise between a large number of parties
Conferees from the Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed to appropriate $228.4 million in support of the Navy's Strategic Sealift Program. The money will be used to purchase additional commercial tonnage from private owners for the Ready Reserve Force, as well as to modernize and
as of 1 August, except as noted. 1. LEGISLATIVE ACTION House/Senate conferees in late July reached a compromise on the FY 1986 defense authorization bill. The compromise provides defense spending authority of $302.5 billion. This compares with the administration request for $322.2 billion. The Senate
, in late October, appropriated $900 million to fund a new fast sealift program. When added to the $375 million remaining from last year, a total of $1.3 billion is now available for initiating a major ship construction effort. High priority has suddenly been accorded sealift— and it is highly likely that
Although the legislation has yet to be approved, it appears that all oceangoing tankers operating within U.S. waters will have to be equipped with a double hull by 2015, according to a recent proposal by a joint House-Senate conferee committee. A joint committee made up of Congressional conferees
by House and Senate negotiators on funding for several maritime agencies and their programs. A Senate-House conference committee, working on a $22.1 billion appropriations measure for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and related agencies approved spending totals for
overhauls are scheduled for commercial yards next year. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS Among the recent developments are action on the defense authorization bill, changes in homeport policy, issues raised about the Kitty Hawk modernization, and a proposed restriction on Navy ship repair in Japanese shipyards
to be the driving force for shipyards and many equipment manufacturers. Spending for ships, weapons, support equipment and maintenance exceeds $34 billion annually. Ship Procurement The Navy has requested funds to build 17 ships and lengthen two fleet oilers in Fiscal Year 1989. A budget of $9
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fer bills of lading with RMT as the ?nal destination or point of barged, there may well be a truck component, in the form of dray- origin for cargo. The Richmond terminal also coordinates with age costs and waiting time around a terminal. These can substan- Columbia Coastal Barge, a long established
2019 Connie Awards of marine related experience, having Commissioners has selected Wei Chi to lead the Finance Division at the nation’s William J. “Bill” Shea, Jr., Chief Ex- most recently served as the Compli- second-busiest seaport. Chi returns to ecutive Of? cer of Direct ChassisLink ance Director
than one-quarter methods. following issues: According to the MarTID 2019 survey, • Understanding the difference be- report that their employers foot the bill. more than 33% of responding METIs tween experience and competence operate more than one campus, and re- • Shifting cultural norms spondents spanned
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for the United States illnesses prior to arrival. Operators are cough accompanied by bloody sputum, isfactory sanitary measures have been to obtain a bill of health from the US required to report not just persons on respiratory distress, or a temperature of completed. The owner of the ship nor- consular
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