The Black List
Editors Note 9/19/2017 This is an excerpt from the National Mariners Associations book "BLOOD ON BROWN WATER" an expose written prior to a 2012 attempt to push a maritime safety legislation package for the Jones Act fleets through Congress. The "Black List was just one of the reforms sought. Despite publication of the book, letters to the leading Congressmen, and a six month long on scene lobbying effort in Washington, not one of the reforms asked for even made it to proposed bill status. Now in 2017, nothing has changed except the price of oil has tumbled reducing the the employment of offshore oil industry support vessels a major Jones Act employer. Seamen are still needlessly endangered and abused in the Jones Act fleets to varying levels but fear of job loss has suspended all efforts at improving employment conditions and safety.