Some stuff you just can’t resupply by air

WASHINGTON – The once-mighty U.S. Merchant Marine fleet has nearly collapsed under the weight of high labor costs, zigzagging federal policies and intense competition from abroad, damaging America’s position as the only country in the world able to supply and sustain a long-distance war.

The U.S. Merchant Marine has declined from 1,288 international trading vessels in 1951 to 81 today.

“It’s a matter of national security,” said Maritime Administration chief Mark H. Buzby, a retired Navy rear admiral.

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6 Responses to Some stuff you just can’t resupply by air

  1. SgtBob says:

    “…Col. Theodore Roosevelt and his 25,000 Rough Riders to Cuba.” You think Roosevelt would have welcomed an additional 23,000 soldiers to his 1,060 Rough Riders?

  2. Skipperdaddy says:

    All part of the master plan. Run the American mariner out so they can drop the Jones Act. Hire some Filipinos for 30$@ day and work them like a rented mule. If they get hurt or go down no problem, 10k cap on all settlements. Crew change? Nope, companies save even more jingle. I have seen them run 2yrs straight time. Bennies? Retirement? GTFO here. Glad I am almost done. Industry has gone to shit from big goverment intervention. Boomers are retiring and unless you come out of the Academy(no exp), the hawsepipe is unofficially closed. Ah well, it was a good run.

    • POd American says:

      The only human endeavor that ever benefits from government intervention is a criminal enterprise.

    • Chet says:

      You got it Skipper! Its all about getting rid of the Jones Act. We have to fight for it over and over.

  3. Joel says:

    Skipper is dead on correct, I have a ton of relatives who work as merchant seaman (half filipino here) and they work for pennies on the dollar without question. Crazy stuff.

  4. STW says:

    John Garamendi shows, once again, that he knows nothing about history. If he did he wouldn’t have used Guadalcanal as the example in his quote. The Marines there didn’t have supplies for the second month because they were never off loaded. The fleet left and took the supplies with them. They were able to survive because the Japanese abandoned enough supplies to keep the Marines going. As for the US merchant marine, it exists to make a profit, not to supply jobs. The jobs are a by product. When US ships can make a profit the size of the fleet will increase.

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