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Maritime Industry Gets Its Day

By Ed Wytkind

Photo: International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots

Being a bus driver or pilot or machinist might not sound like a dangerous profession to some, but at TTD, we know that for the vast majority of transportation workers hazardous working conditions are a way of life.

Maritime and port workers certainly understand this.  They not only battle the elements and the daily rigors of the job, but also federal funding shortfalls that have resulted in delayed port improvements, un-dredged navigation channels and chronic under-investment.

Ships and waterways are never quite as visible to the public eye as congested airports and highways, crowded transit and rail systems, and aging bridges, but funding for our maritime industry belongs right alongside these issues at the top of our transportation priority list. That’s why TTD fights to direct more investment to maritime needs and why it supports a strong, privately owned U.S.-flag fleet protected by cargo preference laws and the Jones Act. The men and women who serve our nation at sea and in our ports have earned our support.

That is why we are honoring the hard-working men and women of America’s maritime industry as part of our celebration of National Maritime Day, which has been observed since 1933 in recognition of the nation’s merchant mariners and the work they do to make America strong.

This is a great opportunity to recognize a sector of our transportation industry that often gets overlooked.

Every day American merchant mariners make sacrifices and take risks for an industry that’s crucial to this country’s economy and security. We are proud to stand by them.

-@EdWytkind

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