News from The American Maritime Partnership, May 16, 2011
MARITIME INDUSTRY BLANKETS WASHINGTON; LAUDS CONTRIBUTIONS TO ECONOMIC, NATIONAL AND HOMELAND SECURITY:
Hundreds of U.S. maritime industry representatives visited Capitol Hill this spring to highlight the critical role the industry plays in boosting America’s economic, national and homeland security. Three broad grassroots education events: the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) Spring General Membership Meeting; the “Barge-In;” and the “Sail-In” brought representatives of shipyards, mariners and companies from throughout the country to Washington, DC. “Hundreds of industry representatives from throughout the nation, including ship operators, shipbuilders and mariners, discussed how the U.S. shipping industry provides safe, efficient waterborne commerce and a merchant marine that supports our military throughout the world,” said James Henry, President of the Transportation Institute and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Maritime Partnership.Click here to read more.
RHODE ISLAND COULD GAIN 1,000 NEW MARITIME JOBS SAYS STUDY:
A just-release study finds Rhode Island could gain 1,000 new jobs and $70 million in personal income if the state’s three major port areas can capitalize on opportunities in auto import/export, offshore wind farms, container feeder, and breakbulk. The study by the highly-respected firm of Martin Associates, LCC also projects that expanded maritime commerce would bring $127 million in business revenue, $10 million in local purchases, and $8.1 million in state and local tax revenues.