Garamendi Advocates for Rebuilding USCG Fleet

MarineLink.com
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 Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Finance

Norwegian to Buy Prestige Cruises in $3b Deal

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH.O) said it would buy Prestige Cruises International Inc from its owner Apollo Global Management LLC (APO.N) in a $3 billion

Master Fined After Wind Farm Collision

The master of a wind farm support vessel has today been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to breaches of maritime collision regulations.

Statoil, DNV GL Drive Subsea Factory Interface Standardization

Statoil has entered into an agreement with DNV GL to establish an industrial cooperation to introduce an international industry standard for subsea process technology.

News

Shell CEO: US Should Export Oil, Embrace Global Markets

The head of energy company Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that U.S. policymakers should lift the crude oil export ban because allowing the shipments would make global energy system more stable.

Fuel-saving Modifications for Containerships’ Engines

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and 100% owned subsidiary MES Technoservice Co., Ltd., have received an order from a Taiwan shipowner for fuel-efficiency

Tropical Storm Dolly Heads toward Mexico

NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning in effect from Cabo Rojo to Barra El Mezquital, Mexico as Tropical Storm Dolly approaches the country’s eastern coast.

Coast Guard

Ballast Water Leadership

Admiral Paul Zukunft, the new U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, could fill the BWT leadership void. Global efforts to combat the spread of invasive species in ballast

USCG Medevacs Mariner in Port Alexander, Alaska

The Coast Guard medevaced an 87-year-old female reportedly suffering from complications associated with a lower back injury aboard the fishing vessel Annie B in Port Alexander, Sunday evening.

USCG Responds to Plane Crash 51 mi SE Of Chincoteague Island, VA

The Coast Guard is responding to a plane crash Saturday approximately 51 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island.   Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District

Government Update

Shell CEO: US Should Export Oil, Embrace Global Markets

The head of energy company Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that U.S. policymakers should lift the crude oil export ban because allowing the shipments would make global energy system more stable.

Polar Code Afoot

The IMO is on the verge of adopting the Polar Code, something that is important and long overdue. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations,

Algeria in Talks to Export Crude to Venezuela

Algeria is in talks to export crude oil to fellow OPEC member Venezuela, Algerian Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi said on Tuesday, confirming a Reuters report. Last week,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.2025 sec (5 req/sec)