Our Industry In Action
Read the real-life stories of mariners, and the proud American companies standing beside them, that are securing the future of our country.
M.E.B.A.: The Best Jobs In The Business
Hard At Work, Securing Our Future
The Importance of Ensuring U.S. Trade Security
We can trust companies like Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) to deliver our goods no matter what challenges they encounter. Unfortunately, their ability to protect our trade is at risk as foreign carriers increasingly gain more control of U.S. cargo.
The Vital Economic Impact of U.S. Shipping
It’s clear that U.S.-flagged ocean carriers like Matson play a crucial role in economies and communities across the United States, proving essential to job creation and the prosperity of our country. This is something, quite simply, that we cannot afford to lose.
Ensuring A High Level of Readiness
In the advent of war, regional conflict, or national emergency, a lack of vessels, insufficient repairs and a dwindling number of mariners could pose a greater threat to us than the enemy itself. In fact, the U.S. Maritime Administration has estimated the industry is 1,300 mariners and 40 ships short of what it needs to provide the necessary sustainment of our Armed Forces.
Achieving Unprecedented Logistical Feats
Providing almost 50 percent of all government-owned surge sealift capability, the Ready Reserve Force can transport Army and Marine Corps equipment, move combat support equipment, and replenish essential materials to bases and the front lines for months at a time.
Supporting Our Troops Abroad
Carriers like Liberty, and others in the Maritime Security Program, give the U.S. military the logistical experience and execution capability it needs to remain the most powerful on earth.
The Best Jobs In The Business
Thanks to unions like M.E.B.A., American mariners enjoy more job security, higher salaries and safer working conditions than foreign shipping workers, as well as generous vacation pay, healthcare, and retirement benefits.
Preserving Our Planet
Emissions data makes it clear that shipping helps preserve our environment. The American maritime industry has made major commitments as a whole, including pledging to meet the International Maritime Organization’s goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050, and to reduce the carbon intensity of international shipping by at least 40% by 2030.
Hard At Work, Securing Our Future (Short)