AMP is recognized as
“The best organized and broadest coalition of maritime interests in Washington.”
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) is the broadest, deepest coalition ever assembled to represent the domestic maritime industry. Its 450-plus members span the United States and its territories. AMP’s diverse membership is its greatest strength and our broad coalition includes vessel owners and operators, shipboard and shoreside workers, shipbuilders and repair yards, equipment manufacturers and vendors, dredging and marine construction contractors, numerous maritime associations and national security organizations that all recognize a strong domestic maritime industry is critical for America’s economic, national, and homeland security, and is best supported by maintaining the Jones Act as the foundation of America’s domestic maritime policy.
America’s maritime policy is based on three time-tested requirements established in the best interests of the nation, American industry and its workforce . Any vessel transporting goods or passengers between two points in the United States or engaging in certain activities in U.S. waters must be U.S. owned, U.S. built, and U.S. crewed.
AMP is the successor organization to the Maritime Cabotage Task Force (MCTF), which was founded to counteract a misguided attempt by foreign commercial interests to eliminate America’s most venerable maritime laws for their own profit and convenience. Since its founding, AMP has led the way in telling the story of the positive impacts of America’s domestic maritime industry, including the industry’s support of more than 500,000 American workers, as well as the $100 billion in economic contributions to the nation.
Today, AMP continues to be recognized as the “best organized and broadest coalition of interests in Washington” for our work to educate policymakers and the public on the national and homeland security benefits of America’s domestic maritime industry.
AMP is focused on ensuring that America’s domestic maritime industry and the Jones Act remain a key component of our nation’s economic and homeland security.