American Maritime Officer: November 2018
El Coquí christened for Jones Act service
Crowley Maritime Corp. on October 20 christened its Commitment Class combination container and roll-on/roll-off ship El Coquí, which is among the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship is a key new component in Crowley's supply chain transformation in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade.
A crowd of more than 400 people, including White House officials, U.S. congressional members, local officials, representatives from ship builder, VT Halter Marine, and Eagle LNG joined Crowley employees, vessel crew members and other industry and union representatives to celebrate this milestone. Crowley Board of Directors Member Christine Crowley, spouse of Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley, served as sponsor, performing the time-honored tradition of breaking a champagne bottle over the hull of the 720-foot vessel at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal in Jacksonville, Fla.
- Jones Act fuels American innovation, supports U.S. prosperity, national and economic security
- Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico highlights value of Jones Act to island's economy and recovery
- Save Our Seas Act signed into law including Hamm Alert Maritime Safety Act of 2018 addressing safety improvements in U.S. industry
- Authorization for construction of second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. signed into law
- American Maritime Officers Membership Assistance Program available to aid AMO members hit by natural disaster
- Special meeting to be held November 26 at AMO National Headquarters for election of rank-and-file Tallying Committee for 2018 AMO election
- Ballots for 2018 AMO election must be received by the Post Office by December 1; instructions for requesting a duplicate ballot
- Reminder to all AMO members and applicants: Dues, fees must be paid in full by November 30 for voter eligibility