A recent piece in
The New York Times, "Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship," provides an interesting view into the interplay between national
laws and admiralty & maritime law.
Despite historically and current well-documented abuse of foreign seamen
working for unscrupulous shipowners and employers around the world as
reported by Mr. Urbina in the
Times, the Republican controlled U.S. Congress is trying to add amendments to
the pending Coast Guard Reauthorization appropriation bill that if passed
would gut hundreds of years of US Maritime Law and federal statutory law
providing rights and remedies in the U.S. courts for injured, sick, unpaid
and abandoned seamen.
Cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean based in the U.S. but who
do not pay corporate taxes are pushing hard for taking away seamen's
rights and remedies. Say "No" to further giveaways to the cruise
lines and protect America, its ship industry and its workers.