U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans Honored at Wreath-Laying Ceremony

Their efforts during the War enabled America to move millions of tons of materials across the globe to support U.S. troops and allies to defeat tyranny. (Credit: AMMV)

By VOICES Staff. In a historic tribute, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs extended an unprecedented invitation to the American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Veterans Day. This added a poignant chapter to the nation’s respect for its veterans. “Laying a wreath […]

Crowley Celebrates Five Years of Honoring Veterans with Wreaths Across America

Since 2019, Crowley has served as the primary Wreathes Across America sponsor for Puerto Rico

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Crowley has expanded its support for veterans through its sponsorship with Wreaths Across America (WAA) for the fifth consecutive year. This partnership is a testament to the company’s commitment to honoring the nation’s past and present service members. Building on previous years, Crowley is contributing an estimated $70,000 through wreath sponsorships and in-kind transportation […]

Maui Fires: American Maritime’s Vital Role in Facilitating Disaster Relief Efforts

Jones Act carriers like Pasha Hawaii and Matson were critical to disaster relief efforts on Maui

By VOICES Staff.   In the wake of the destructive wildfire that ravaged the town of Lāhainā in Maui, Hawaii, the men and women of American Maritime have once again demonstrated their critical role in disaster relief efforts.  American Maritime’s Swift Response American maritime companies have swiftly rallied to provide essential relief and aid to […]

America’s Shipbuilders Recognized for Promoting Employee Safety

By VOICES Staff. The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) unveiled the recipients of its prestigious safety awards for 2023. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in safety within the U.S. shipbuilding, maintenance and repair industry to help end workplace accidents. Matthew Paxton, president of SCA, said in a statement to American Maritime VOICES, “Workforce health and […]

WWII Merchant Mariners: Learn Their Stories!

In May 2022, ten WWII veterans of the U.S. Merchant Marine were in attendence to accept the gold medal award on behalf of all U.S. Merchant Mariners of World War II and the approximately 1,500 living veterans.

Source: VOICES Staff, Ross Rowlinson and Captain Dru DiMattia Heroes of the U.S. Merchant Marine, William Balabanow, John Laughton, Charles Mills, George Worsham, and David Yoho represented the over 9,500 brave merchant mariners who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II by laying wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National […]

U.S. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise Receives Shipbuilders Highest Honor – Maritime Leadership Award

Rep. Scalise (center) displays his award in the nation’s capital. He’s flanked by Matt Paxton (left) and Ben Bordelon.

By Shipbuilders Council of America. WASHINGTON – The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipbuilding, maintenance, and repair industry, presented U.S. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) with the SCA Maritime Leadership Award. The award is given annually to national leaders who demonstrate exemplary dedication and support for the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry. “Louisiana is […]

The next U.S. energy boom could be offshore wind power in the Gulf of Mexico

This commentary was originally published by The Conversation on August 16, 2022.  Dr. Michael E. Webber & Dr. Hugh Daigle With passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which contains US$370 billion for climate and energy programs, policy experts are forecasting a big expansion in clean electricity generation. One source that’s poised for growth is offshore wind power. […]

What to Expect From NATO’s New Strategic Concept

This opinion piece originally appeared in Bloomberg on June 27, 2022.  By Admiral James G. Stavridis, ret. As the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations prepare to meet this week in Madrid, I’m reminded of a call I received shortly after I became supreme allied commander at the alliance in 2009. It was […]

It’s Time For A National Maritime Strategy

This opinion piece originally appeared in Breaking Defense on August 4, 2021.  By Timothy A. Walton and Bryan Clark This week’s Sea-Air-Space conference highlighted the challenges facing America’s sea services, from tightening budgets to a resurgent China. But focusing only on the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard’s military contributions overlooks how they could improve […]

U.S. offshore wind industry Accelerating, Creating Economic Opportunities

This piece was originally published in S&P Global Platts on July 29, 2021. by Jared Anderson US offshore wind power development is accelerating, with Avangrid Renewables’ 800-MW Kitty Hawk North project moving into the federal permitting phase July 29, while other companies invest in vessel and turbine manufacturing amid opportunities for bipartisan support for supply […]