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New Bill Aims to Secure Grant Funding for Maritime Training

A new bill introduced in the U.S. aims to make available $200 million in grant funding for community and technical colleges offering training programs for maritime industry professions. The legislation H.R. 7456 was introduced by Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (Texas-29) alongside Rep. Don Young (Alaska-At-Large), Rep. Anthony G. Brown (Md.-04), Rep. Brian Babin (Texas-36), and Rep. Steven Palazzo (Miss.-04).“Maritime industry jobs are a critical part of our nation’s economy. Yet research has shown that there may soon be a shortage of maritime industry workers,” said Congresswoman

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The Emerging U.S. Offshore Wind Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World

include facilities that begin construction within 2020. The credits can be claimed where a project is placed into service within four years of starting construction – a timetable that may be increasingly challenging due to COVID-19-related delays. Recently, the Treasury Department has signaled to Congress that they will be looking at possible modifications to this rule.So what does all this mean for the maritime sector? Offshore wind has been tantalizing the industry for years now, and it’s no wonder why. The American Wind Energy Association predicts that the offshore wind projects could create

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Maritime Schools Must Prep for Offshore Wind Jobs

United States and a number of states, as well as offshore wind developers have been taking action to invest in the education and development of a qualified offshore wind workforce. Federally, the Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act (the Job Act) was introduced this year and is currently pending in Congress. The Job Act would provide up to $25 million in federal grants to colleges, unions, and non-profits to prepare “a new generation of offshore wind workers.”A number of states have also developed programs for offshore wind training and development programs. The Maryland Energy Administration

The total megawatt capacity of U.S. offshore wind farms is anticipated to reach 22,000 by 2030 and 43,000 by 2050. To support this growth, U.S. Department of Energy reports estimate over 40,000 new jobs will be created by 2030. © Zacharias/AdobeStock

Prepare Now for 40,000 Offshore Wind Jobs

United States and a number of states, as well as offshore wind developers have been taking action to invest in the education and development of a qualified offshore wind workforce. Federally, the Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act (the Job Act) was introduced this year and is currently pending in Congress. The Job Act would provide up to $25 million in federal grants to colleges, unions, and non-profits to prepare “a new generation of offshore wind workers.”A number of states have also developed programs for offshore wind training and development programs. The Maryland Energy Administration

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Roughead Joins Fincantieri Marinette Marine Board

both the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Fleets.Roughead served in several key positions aside from his sea duties, most notably as the commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy, and as the Navy’s chief of legislative affairs, who is responsible for the Department of the Navy’s interaction with Congress. He also was the deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Command.In addition to serving on corporate and university boards, Roughead is the Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.Also joining the Board of Directors is Rear Adm. Kevin M. Sweeney

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Craighead Appointed as CLIA President and CEO

to leave her position by year’s end.Craighead has spent over 15 years in the public and private sectors, recently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism in the U.S. Department of Commerce where she advanced travel and tourism priorities within the Administration and with Congress. As the first Executive Director of the National Travel & Tourism Office, Kelly led initiatives that generated over $250 billion annually from International visitors to the U.S. while also representing the United States internationally.  Kelly remains active in global tourism efforts and

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Goss, Martus Receive Thomas Crowley Awards

in training to improve opportunities for veterans seeking maritime careers, she was also credited for her work to help with the re-establishment of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's year-at-sea program after its temporary suspension resulting from alleged cases of sexual harassment. She testified to Congress and other agencies to explain the importance of the year-at-sea program, and explain Crowley's best practices in harassment prevention. Goss also serves as the project executive for the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment (SASH) project. This project is a

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US Shipyards: Building for America, Jobs for Americans

Grants in 2008 and 2016, which funded equipment to improve efficiency and productivity. That support positioned ESG this past October 2016 to receive the largest U.S. Coast Guard contract in history, the Offshore Patrol Cutter contract.    Dependent on ongoing funding availability from Congress, the FSPS presently administers a $1.5 billion portfolio consisting of 29 loan guarantees that supported 19 borrowers to build 37 vessels. Most recently, MARAD added to its portfolio with approved loan guarantees of $362.7 million to Crowley ConRo, LLC, for two combination container, roll-on roll-off

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Effective Harassment Prevention Training

human behavior. Accordingly, we must evaluate Gross’ claim of gender discrimination in the context of a blue collar environment where crude language is commonly used by male and female employees. Speech that might be offensive or unacceptable in a prep school faculty meeting, or on the floor of Congress, is tolerated in other work environments.”   In Bolden v. PRC, Inc., 43 F.3d 545 (10th Cir. 1994), the plaintiff electrician was referred to by a broad spectrum of ugly epithets, including “d***head,” “dumbs**t,” “**shole,” and “fool.&rdquo

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Go Ahead for Brownsville Ship Channel Deepening

Ship Channel deepening project, making it eligible for federal funding, as announced by the Port of Brownsville. The Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project was one of 28 water infrastructure projects nationwide included in the WRDA and submitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to Congress for approval. The project calls for the Port of Brownsville channel to be deepened to 52 feet from its current design depth of 42 feet. When complete, the Port of Brownsville will become one of the deepest ports in the Gulf of Mexico.   “The deepening of the channel strengthens the

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Could Offshore Crewing Requirements Make Things Worse?

Guard under existing law that has been in existence for almost 40 years under amendments made to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) in 1978. By way of background, we provide the following before discussing this proposal.    Current Requirements Through these OCSLA amendments, Congress announced that the U.S. Constitution laws and civil and political jurisdiction of the U.S. are extended to the subsoil and seabed of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), all artificial islands, and all installations and other devices permanently or temporarily attached to the seabed. What this means

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Insights: USCG Can Suspend and Revoke Merchant Mariner Credentials

A primer for mariners: U.S. Coast Guard suspension and revocation of Merchant Mariner Credentials   To promote safety at sea, Congress authorized the U.S. Coast Guard to suspend or revoke Merchant Mariner Credentials for acts of incompetence, misconduct, negligence, violations of law or regulation, and use of dangerous drugs. The Coast Guard initiates 400-600 suspension and revocation (S&R) cases each year. Full understanding of the suspension and revocation (S&R) process should therefore be more than a casual requirement for the working professional mariner.    Suspendin

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Singapore Scheme to Tackle Lack of Marine Engineers

Tripartite Engineering Training Award (TETA) Programme was launched by Lim Swee Say, the Minister for Manpower.   According to a press release, TETA is a joint initiative by Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), National Trades Union Congress’ Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).   Speaking at the Devan Nair Institute,  Lim said: "Seafarers form a key segment of our maritime workforce... With an increasing use of technology, we must equip our seafarers with a higher level of knowledge and skills, and attract

Women Are Moving up in the Maritime Industry

; “Women can get an impression of the career opportunities in the maritime industries here at the world’s leading maritime industries fair,” said Carin Steinbach, Deputy Project Director for SMM. Carin Steinbach is closely involved with maritime subjects and joined Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH in 2001. She notes that many of the 2,100 SMM exhibitors are attractive employers with good prospects for trainees, qualified staff, skilled workers and management executives. A good example of the business power prospects for women in a largely male domain is Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and

Brazil Speeds Leniency for Corrupt Firms to Save Jobs

low of 4.3 percent in December 2014 to 7.5 percent in November as companies laid off hundreds of thousands of workers. Economists estimate the jobless rate could reach 10 percent next year.   Rousseff decided to issue the decree because legislation permitting the leniency accords is stalled in Congress, which has been paralyzed by debates over her proposed impeachment and the arrest of prominent political figures in the corruption investigation.   On Monday, Congress is due to go into recess until mid-February. Under Brazilian law, Rousseff's decree takes effect immediately. Congress now

Maritime Labor Alliance Holds Leadership Summit

Care Reform,” Dr. Mackell also serves as Special Advisor to the International President of the International Longshoremen’s Association, for political, legislative and public affairs.   Discussing the current situation on the docks with regards to some of the proposed legislation in Congress, ILWU President Robert McEllrath stated that “these bills are ‘speed-up’ bills, designed to put productivity ahead of safety; they will result in more workers deaths, and are attacks on labor. We will fight this to the bitter end.”   Conducted at the Headquarters of

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