"The Sail-In is an opportunity to update Congress about the critical role that the maritime industry plays in America's economic and national security, especially during a time of war when our economy is struggling," said James Henry, President of the Transportation Institute and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Maritime Partnership. "A wide array of maritime industry representatives from throughout the United States will visit Washington and share how U.S. shipyards, mariners and companies are working around the clock to keep our country safe and strong."
Last year's inaugural Sail-In included participants from 20 states, 48 Congressional districts, 28 companies, nine unions and labor organizations, and 10 related associations. This year more than 170 participants from across the U.S. are expected.
Congressional officials and visitors who arrive in Washington a day early also can attend a photo exhibition about the American maritime industry. The display will highlight the industry's essential contribution to the nation's economy, job growth, security and military capability. The exhibit is open to the public and can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building's first-floor foyer on May 3.
May 2, 2011