Washington, D.C - Maritime Cabotage Task Force ("MCTF") is thanking its retiring Chairman, Philip M. Grill, for his 14 years of leadership of the labor/management coalition that promotes the Jones Act and other U.S. maritime cabotage laws in Washington.
Grill, who is retiring as Vice President - Government Relations for Matson Navigation Company, Inc., on July 31, has chaired MCTF since its founding in September 1995.
leadership, three Administrations and eight Congresses have consistently supported the Jones Act and a strong U.S.-flag merchant marine.
"The Jones Act and other U.S. maritime cabotage laws were facing their most serious challenge ever when Phil agreed to be Chairman of MCTF upon its launch," said James L. Henry, President of the Transportation Institute, also a founding member of MCTF.
I know I speak for every segment of the Jones Act industry when I thank Phil
untiring efforts to keep our domestic fleet U.S.-owned, -built, and -crewed."
in turn thanked his
colleagues in the Jones Act industry for their support during his
tenure as the MCTF Chairman.
has become regarded as the best and broadest coalition of interests in Washington because of its members.
But what is most important is what MCTF
stands for - a strong U.S.-flag merchant marine that supports our economy and our national defense capabilities and is a world leader in efficiency and innovation.
It has been a privilege to represent this industry."
has long been recognized as an expert on maritime matters.
Prior to joining Matson in 1980, he served for 5 years as Minority Staff Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
He has been Matson's Vice President - Government Relations, since 1986.