The CAMM banner made a surprise appearance on Kalmar Nyckel. Perhaps this is a trial run of the cruise CAMM conference participants will be taking next April? As hosts of CAMM’s 2016 conference in Wilmington, Delaware, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is gearing up early for what should be a great event! Mark your calendars for April 25 – 27.
Submitted by Tim Runyan, Chair, National Maritime Alliance
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Storis Act on June 4, with co-sponsor Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). It is Senate Bill 1511 (S. 1511). Storis (Ships to be Recycled in the States) Act was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (CST). The Act includes Section 4 (c) (C) that restores funding for the maritime heritage grants program.
Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) is expected to introduce the Storis Act in the House very soon.
However, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee just introduced its version of the Coast Guard Authorization Act that we hoped would include the Storis Act (S. 1511)–it did not. We must alert senators, and ask them to add the Storis Act to the Coast Guard bill; or support the Storis Act as a stand alone bill. CST has scheduled an executive committee meeting for Thursday, 25 June. We must act NOW!
I have attached a draft letter for you. Please email/mail your letters to your senators, and appropriate staff members. Write both of your senators–most will not be on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (CST). I have attached a list of members.
You can write on behalf of your organization to a member of the CST Committee—I suggest Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) the Ranking member of CST; Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) Ranking member of the subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Merchant Marine, and Ranking member of the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) are also on both of those subcommittees. Also, Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI); Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) On Oceans, Coast Guard subcommittee.
If you know of maritime heritage organizations or initiatives in the state please mention them. Write your senators; and target CST Committee members.
I know writing takes some time. But we know that advocacy pays off–$7M. $2.6M awarded in April, and the deadline for round two proposals ($1.7M), is August 3.
Please write before Thursday, later if you must.
The following is a press release from Senator Vitter’s office forwarded by Tim Runyan of the National Maritime Alliance. Tim writes that the Act “includes a provision to reverse the amendment to the National Maritime Heritage Act that eliminated the requirement that one-quarter of ship recycling funds be directed to the maritime heritage grant program. This bill will restore that full funding.”
Vitter, Cassidy, Graves Introduce Legislation to Improve Ship Recycling, Create Jobs
Thursday, June 4, 2015
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senators David Vitter (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today introduced the Ships to Be Recycled in the States (STORIS) Act, legislation to reform the domestic marine recycling industry. Their legislation would improve the domestic ship recycling industry and promote transparency by requiring reports from Maritime Administration (MARAD) and an audit by the Government Accountability Office. Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.) is introducing the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“The Maritime Administration receives millions of dollars in federal funding, but they’ve never reported how the sales money is spent or how the agency awards contracts,” Vitter said. “Ship recycling is an important part of our domestic maritime industry, and these reforms would improve federal contracting, cut government waste, and help create jobs in Louisiana.”
“Louisiana directly benefits from the Maritime Administration—hundreds work in ship recycling facilities and many state museums receive maritime grants,” said Cassidy. “There have been concerns that the agency receives millions in federal funding but lacks transparency. The STORIS Act will strengthen oversight over the agency and help create more jobs for Louisiana workers.”
“Americans expect the federal government to operate in their best interest,” said Graves. “We have found multiple instances where the U.S. Maritime Administration has failed to maximize the return on investment on the sale of retired federal vessels by not accepting the highest bid on a number of contracts and not fulfilling its obligation to reinvest these funds in our merchant mariner workforce. This bill will prevent MARAD from leaving millions of dollars on the table in regard to ship recycling contracts and require that we have the workforce we need to increase global trade and exports from Louisiana.”
Current law requires all excess government vessels to be sold to domestic marine recyclers to be dismantled. A portion of funding from the sales goes toward the Vessel Operations Revolving Fund, federal and state maritime academies, and the maritime heritage grant program. The STORIS Act would make sure that the required funding goes to federal and state maritime academies and to heritage grants funding to the Department of Interior. It would also require MARAD to issue an annual report on how its money is spent and publicize its ship recycling agreements.
Additionally, the STORIS Act creates jobs by ensuring that all vessels can be dismantled in the United States in compliance with U.S. environmental and safety laws, and are not exported where those safety rules do not apply.
The STORIS Act is named in recognition of the former Coast Guard Cutter STORIS, which was dismantled in Mexico in 2013 in violation of the current law.
Submitted by Nikki Guardiano, Mystic Seaport, May 27, 2015:
I wanted to let you know about a new video we’ve launched this morning for Mystic Seaport which goes behind the scenes on an exhibit which follows the historic 38th voyage of the 1841 Whaleship Charles W. Morgan.
This immersive and interactive exhibit is designed to weave together global stories of whales, whaling and whale research showcasing America’s historic and contemporary relationship with whales and whaling. The exhibit will open on June 20th at Mystic Seaport located in Mystic, CT.
To view the video please visit: http://stories.mysticseaport.org/voyaging-wake-whalers/
Independence Seaport Director John Brady shared some good news this morning.
According to a May 15 article on philly.com:
The Independence Seaport Museum announced Thursday that it had received four gifts totaling $13.9 million, more than doubling its endowment and marking one of the largest gift totals ever made to the Penn’s Landing institution, founded in 1960.
John Brady, head of the museum for four years, called the contributions “an endorsement” of the museum’s direction, which he characterized as akin to “a transformation.”
The gifts announced were $4.5 million from newly elected board chair Peter McCausland; $4.4 million from longtime museum supporter Peter R. Kellogg; $3 million from H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, owner of Philadelphia Media Network and publisher of The Inquirer; and $2 million from an anonymous contributor.
In celebration of our new exhibit opening July 26, Lobstering & The Maine Coast, our new friends at Bar Harbor Seafood/Boston Lobster Feast are donating their famous Lobstermobile to Maine Maritime Museum for an active retirement here in Maine!
The Lobstermobile left Orlando, Florida, May 13th, and will be making several stops for photo ops along the way:
Friday: Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Richmond
Sunday: Philadelphia and NYC
The Lobstermobile is scheduled to arrive at MMM some time Tuesday afternoon. They will cruise down Front Street, Bath on the way to the museum, and we’ll be hosting a welcome home and retirement party once it arrives!
They will keep us updated as they make their way to Maine, and we’ll be posting lots of updates to social media. Those of you who are out-of-state, see if you can catch it on the way north. For those of you in Miane, join us Tuesday afternoon for a party to welcome the Lobstermobile!
Stay tuned and check our facebook page for more details…
Submitted on May 13, 2015, by Amy Lent, Executive Director, Maine Maritime Museum
At the recent CAMM meeting Cipperly Good let the membership know that we are at work on imaging and cataloging the 25,000 or so photographs in the National Fisherman collection. This is a visual document of the American fishery from about 1950 to 2000. We hope to have 5,000 images up this summer and will have special pages for these on our web site.
The collection contains material from all over the country, from the Gulf shrimp industry to Bering Sea king crabbers, from California salmon trollers to the Maine lobster industry.
Since the numbers of images in some categories is likely to grow into the hundreds if not thousands I have been thinking about prepackaging some searches on the overall website. And here I can use help because I don’t know what people want to know about fisheries outside of Maine. How do CAMM members address these? These could take the form of drop down lists: regions, craft, species, and/or themes that people might be curious about such as Deadliest Catch.
Please download and review this working spreadsheet of search and subjects. Note the subject headings and search terms that are currently in use that are especially relevant to National Fisheries. Also note the question about regionalization. Comments, additions and clarifications would be welcome. Please email them to me at <email@example.com>
Submitted by Ben Fuller, Penobscot Marine Museum