Senator Wicker: Jones Act Strengthens U.S. Navy & Merchant Shipping

By Senator Wicker (R-MS). Another day, another attack on the Jones Act. Colin Grabow and Scott Lincicome’s “Protectionism Kills U.S. Merchant Shipping” (op-ed, Feb. 26) calls for the law’s repeal. For hundreds of years, Congress has entrusted domestic maritime commerce to American companies, ships and mariners for a simple reason: It works. The law helps stabilize the nation’s […]

The National Security Importance of the Jones Act Recognized on National Maritime Day

Florida Commerce Secretary Laura DiBella was joined by representatives from the American Maritime Partnership and Florida Maritime Partnership

By the American Maritime Partnership. WASHINGTON & JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 22, 2023) – The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today recognizes the critical importance of the economic and national security benefits the 650,000 men and women of American Maritime deliver to the nation. “This National Maritime Day we are reminded that America, […]

TRANSCOM Leader Highlights Importance of Sealift to Congress

General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, 14th commander of TRANSCOM

By VOICES Staff. General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, the Commander of the United States Transportation Command, testified at a hearing to members of the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower and readiness subcommittees about the importance of maintaining the U.S. Sealift and Airlift fleets, especially as China aims to dominate global maritime. The hearing was held […]

The Jones Act Remains Critical to U.S. Needs

This opinion piece originally appeared in DC Journal on October 18, 2022. By Peter Roff. Smart policies balance short-term considerations against long-term needs, even when they conflict. This is the case in Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Fiona made its presence known, dumping 30 inches of water in just a few hours, accompanied by high winds […]

A U.S. ‘Ships Act’ Would Break China’s Control of the Seas

This opinion piece originally appeared in The New York Times on October 3, 2022.  By Michael Roberts. Soon after President Xi Jinping of China took power, he instructed top Communist Party leaders in a 2013 speech to turn the country into a “maritime superpower.” China already has the world’s largest navy, though its ability to contend with U.S. […]

China’s Navy Could Catch Up to America’s By 2030, Analysts Say

This article originally appeared in Popular Mechanics on September 6, 2022.  By Kyle Mizokami. China’s navy could nearly double in just eight years, resulting in a vastly more capable naval force than the one it fields today. Given the right spending priorities, Beijing could build at least two more aircraft carriers and four more ballistic missile submarines, based […]

China’s ‘new normal’ for Taiwan raises fears for global trade

Xi Jinping, 2019, Released by Chinese State Media Xinhua News Agency

This article originally appeared in Al Jazeera on August 11, 2022.  By Liam Gibson. As the howl of missile fire pauses over the Taiwan Strait, a new enduring risk to global trade is surfacing. Sustained shipping disruptions caused by frequent Chinese military activity around Taiwan could become what experts call a “new normal” for the […]