State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Remote Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, February 9, 2021 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is the February 9, 2021 remote hearing on "State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: Impacts of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Pandemic," held before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. From the opening statement of Salud O. Carbajal: "The maritime transportation system is vast and complex. It touches virtually every aspect of American life, from movement of passengers, the clothes we wear, to the cars we drive and the fuel in those vehicles. When it is working well, it is easy to forget the importance of our maritime system, as well as the Coast Guard. [...] In the wake of this pandemic, much of the industry has had to shut down its business and furlough employees. Many passenger vessels operating in the Jones Act trade have lost the entirety of their 2020 operating season. [...] The remainder of the maritime industry has been left to fend for itself. Operators have had to shoulder the burden of increased costs of new safety measures, acquiring protective gear, and complying with public health measures, while other industries have received Federal assistance. Requests for assistance have gone unanswered, while demand on our ports and cargo-carrying U.S. fleet only increases as American commerce increases." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lauren K. Brand, Ben Bordelon, Mario Cordero, C. James Patti, Michael G. Roberts, and Del Wilkins.
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