The Maritime Minute
News from The American Maritime Partnership, April 26, 2011
COAST GUARD SALUTES WORK BOAT CREW FOR RESCUING 115 AFTER BP OIL SPILL:
The U.S. Coast Guard honored the crew of the Damon B. Bankston for their heroic and immediate response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire. Crew members of the American-flag offshore supply vessel received citations for assisting Coast Guard helicopter crews with the rescue of 115 individuals following the explosion last April 20. Eleven oil rig workers died as a result of the disaster. Click here to read more.
NAVY LEAGUE SAYS SKILLED MERCHANT MARINE CRITICAL TO U.S. SECURITY:
The Navy League’s 2011-12 Policy Statement says maintaining a skilled Merchant Marine is needed in today’s irregular warfare environment. “The shipping capabilities of the Maritime Administration‘s Ready Reserve Force and the Department of Defense’s Military Sealift Command are sized to support routine and some surge logistics and specialized mission requirements. This critical capability must be maintained by ensuring an active commercial U.S.-flag Merchant Marine to support efficient and cost-effective movement of Department of Defense cargo.” Click here to read more.
LARGEST AMERICAN DOMESTIC OCEAN SHIPPING COMPANY GETS TOP HONOR FROM MAJOR RETAILER: