American Maritime Officer: November 2020

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Recommendations for a maritime nation

In new report, U.S. Navy League presents clear case for sustaining, strengthening the Jones Act and other U.S. maritime laws and programs as China and other international competitors seek global dominance through maritime trades.

Military Sealift Command's fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon conducted a consolidated cargo replenishment (CONSOL) at sea with the Jones Act tanker Empire State, which is operating under long-term MSC charter, off the coast of Southern California in April. The CONSOL was part of MSC's operations under COVID-19 precautions. Originally, the concept was developed to keep U.S. ships out of foreign ports during times of conflict, but in today's world of COVID-19, the technology allows a crew that is free from the virus to remain underway and isolated at sea, while maintaining the ability to receive fuel and service the fleet. The Empire State is operated by Intrepid Personnel and Provisioning and is manned in all licensed positions by American Maritime Officers. U.S. Navy photo by Sarah Buford, MSC Pacific

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