In its daily press briefing, the White House included a lengthy discussion of the process that led to the Administration’s approval of the acquisition by Dubai Ports World (DPW) of U.S. port facilities owned by P&O Ports. The White House also released a Fact Sheet outlining the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Representative Nadler (D-NY) wants the process stopped until Congress can review it thoroughly. Representative Pallone (D-NJ) is seeking legislation to keep ownership of American ports out of the hands of foreign governments. Representative Saxton (R-NJ) indicated that a Congressional hearing would be held in the near future to examine the planned transaction. Representative Fattah (D-PA) urged that the transaction be halted until all security concerns are met. source: HK Law
In Remarks released by the White House, President Bush stated that he believes the attack on the LIMBURG is terrorist-related and that he assumes that al Qaeda was involved.
In conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference in Los Cabos, Mexico, the White House issued a Fact Sheet discussing the Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR) Initiative, which is intended to enhance security while increasing trade. The STAR Initiative commits APEC economies to accelerate action on screening people and cargo for security before transit, increasing security on ships and airplanes while en route,
Citing, among other things, the explosion on the French supertanker LIMBURG in waters of Yemen, the White House issued Remarks of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and other Administration officials calling on Congress to promptly enact legislation to establish the Department of Homeland Security. Source: HK Law
The White House issued a Press Release stating, among other things, that President Bush signed into law the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (H.R. 2443). In addition to serving as the annual authorization act for the Coast Guard and the Federal Maritime Commission, this law inserts an exemption for certain passive owners (primarily institutional lenders) into OPA 90, mandates oil spill response plans for non-tank vessels in excess of 400 gross tons
The White House issued a statement by the President welcoming the signing by Panama and the United States of an agreement providing for the boarding of ships on the high seas in support of efforts of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) to stop trade in deadly weapons and materials. The U.S. Department of State released Remarks made by the Panamanian Minister of Government and Justice and the U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security during the signing ceremony
John Gaughan, Vice President of the American Maritime Congress, has been selected as the new chairman of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Gaughan served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director, White House Military Office, for Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. He also served at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as Maritime Administrator from 1985-1989 and as DOT Chief of Staff from 1989-1991.
The controversy over the planned acquisition of six port facilities in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, and New Orleans by UAE-based Dubai Ports World (DPW) continues apace. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) issued a Press Release stating that he is asking the Administration to delay the acquisition until a detailed briefing is provided. Representative Chris Shays (R-CT) is seeking a new thorough federal review of the acquisition
From the Navy News Service 1776 - American colonies declare their independence from Great Britain. 1777 - John Paul Jones hoists first Stars and Stripes flag on Ranger at Portsmouth, N.H. 1801 - First Presidential Review of U.S. Marine Band and Marines at the White House. 1831 - U.S. concludes indemnity treaty with France. 1842 - First test of electrically operated underwater torpedo sinks gunboat Boxer. 1863 - Confederates surrender of Vicksburg, Miss
Hornblower Cruises & Events' employees have led a movement among San Francisco's sailing and boating community to celebrate Spirit of Fleet Week in lieu of the cancellation of this weekend's events. Bringing together historic and recreation vessels, a Parade of Ships is planned for October 6 and 7 at 3:00 p.m. After learning the fate of this year's Fleet Week, Hornblower employees searched for another venue to express their appreciation to America's Armed Forces and raise money for the
A gunman who was shot dead after killing 12 people at the Navy Yard, and injuring 8 others now in hospital, has been identified as a former Navy serviceman, Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas, reports BBC News. In a press conference at MedStar Washington Hospital Center Secretary of the Navy
American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger expressed relief after a 16-day partial shutdown of the U.S. government came to an end at midnight. The shutdown had idled thousands of Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Offices throughout the country and threatened to suspend disability
Iran’s pledge to restrict nuclear work in return for loosened economic sanctions may have a limited effect on crude prices, report Bloomberg, citing analysts who regarded a 2.7 percent slump in Brent as a knee-jerk reaction. The six-month agreement
Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Co-Chairs Senator Lesil McGuire and Representative Bob Herron have approved of a recent DoD report, introduced by United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, but pointed out that the overarching language is short on details and lacks a plan for implementation.
New York Supreme Court Judge dismisses legal complaint against owners of Presidential Yacht 'Sequoia'. The Supreme Court of the State of New York has dismissed a frivolous legal complaint against FE Partners, LLC, that alleged it tried to improperly wrest control of the former Presidential Yacht
The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association calls for the protection of U.S. maritime and agricultural jobs. The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) stands with 21 U.S. Senators and its United States maritime industry partners in protecting thousands of U.S
She will supervise the City Attorney’s Port operations & serve as in-house counsel to Port management and the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. Janna Sidley replaces Tom Russell, who retired from the position last year. “Janna will lead a talented legal team already in
The upcoming Infocast presented 'Port & Intermodal Finance & Investment Summit' will be hosted & sponsored by the Port of Miami, FL. President Obama recently outlined a program of bonds and other measures to encourage such spending on roads
On May 8, 2013, Dr. John P. Holdren will be the keynote speaker in the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin. Holdren is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
The Obama Administration releases its final plan for translating the National Ocean Policy into on-the-ground actions to benefit the American people. With significant public input from a wide spectrum of individuals and interests, the final Implementation Plan focuses on improving coordination
The White House issued a statement from President Barack Obama on the unanimous confirmation by the Senate of Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation. “I am pleased that the Senate today voted unanimously to confirm Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation
Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division welded a time capsule today inside the flight deck control room of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The time capsule contains items that were placed under the 555-metric ton island during a
The imperative for a holistic United States maritime strategy has never been greater. This is not news to many of you, but the call must be raised more persistently, more vocally and by many more of us, in order to drive action beyond rhetoric.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari will deliver the keynote presentation at the 2013 WTS Policy Symposium next month. The symposium, which will take place on Sept. 17, 2013, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC
According to various wire and news reports, at least 12 people were killed in a shooting on Monday at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, where a suspected gunman was reportedly among the dead and authorities were searching for two other possible assailants wearing military-style clothing