Garamendi Advocates for Rebuilding USCG Fleet
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Rep. John Garamendi (second from right) questions a witness before the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Calif.), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, announced his strong concern regarding the critical need to provide reliable and sufficient funding to recapitalize the Coast Guard’s aging fleets of surface ships and aircraft.

At this morning’s subcommittee hearing, Coast Guard Readiness: Examining Cutter, Aircraft and Communications Needs, Ranking Member Garamendi and Chairman Duncan Hunter listened to testimony by expert witnesses on how projected reductions of $600 million in the Coast Guard’s Acquisition, Construction and Improvements Account will affect the Coast Guard’s ability to achieve its $29 billion recapitalization program. Witnesses were in agreement that unless significant additional funding is provided, the nation’s oldest continuous maritime service will experience reduced operational capabilities and mission performance.

“We need to think about this in a holistic way,” said Congressman Garamendi. “A proposal in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sought $2.6 billion of unspecified funds to the Afghan National Security Forces, while the Coast Guard – one of our nation’s most vital organizations in securing our borders – has continuously had their budget reduced, jeopardizing their readiness and operational ability now and in the future.”

Congressman Garamendi acknowledged that although the Coast Guard has continued to efficiently utilize the reduced resources appropriated by Congress in continuing their vital missions to the best of their ability, a continued disregard for its aging assets would “accomplish little but to hollow out the capabilities of our Guardians of the Sea.”

At the hearing, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral John P. Currier confirmed that if the U.S. were to strengthen security on the southwest border, as is proposed in the Senate’s immigration bill, the Coast Guard would see an increase in illegal maritime activities in the waters off the California and Texas coasts.

“The Senate is moving toward comprehensive immigration reform, which includes a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented workers and stronger border security. As the House of Representatives considers immigration legislation, I urge my colleagues to ensure that we secure not just our land, but also our maritime borders,” said Garamendi.

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Marintec China Indicates Growth

Marintec China exhibition has grown by 14% since its last edition to cover 80,000 sq m with over 2,000 exhibiting companies  from 34 countries  defying the talk

Euroseas Sells C/V Marinos

Euroseas Ltd.  an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes,

Bill on Danish Maritime Planning Submitted

The bill is to form the basis of a maritime planning act intended to promote economic growth and development of sea areas. The Danish Maritime Authority is to head the work.

Maritime Security

North Korea Submarine-Launch Missile a Flop Show

North Korea apparently failed to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine in a sign that Pyongyang has yet to master the technology, Yonhap news agency quoted a government official as saying.

Henriksen Unveils Strongest SOLAS Boat Lifting Hook

H Henriksen of Norway has received SOLAS certification for a new off-load single-point boat lifting hook capable of holding up to 22.5-tonnes. The quick release

Evoqua, Drew Marine Ink BWMS Deal

Evoqua Water Technologies and maritime solutions and logistics expert, Drew Marine, have announced a partnership to provide a full compliance package for ballast water management.


Marintec China Indicates Growth

Marintec China exhibition has grown by 14% since its last edition to cover 80,000 sq m with over 2,000 exhibiting companies  from 34 countries  defying the talk

Shipping emissions 17% of global CO2

Shipping could be responsible for 17% of global CO2 emissions in 2050 if left unregulated, according to a new scientific study conducted by European Parliament

Bunker Fuel Market Poised 460 million tons by 2020

Transparency Market Research launched its latest study on the global bunker fuel market, in terms of revenue and volume. The report predicts that the global

Coast Guard

Panama-Registered Ship Sinks off Vigan City

A Panamanian cargo vessel MV Fortune Life sank off the coast 130 nautical off Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), uthorities said.   The

Polish Cargo Ship SZAFIR Attacked off Nigeria

Pirates operating off the coast of Nigeria have taken hostage five Polish sailors, including the captain and officers, from the Polish general cargo ship Szafir.

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.   The Canadian

Government Update

SSA Welcomes Decision To Extend BEO

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has welcomed the decision by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry to extend the Competition (Block Exemption

Moore Stephens Highlights Potential Tax Issues for Shipping

As part of the Government’s drive to encourage voluntary compliance with the tax rules, it will legislate to introduce a new requirement that large businesses

U.S. Ups Philippines Aid as South China Sea Turmoil Builds

The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2192 sec (5 req/sec)