Welcome to the website for the fifth annual
Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In
being held on
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In—or, in short, the “Sail-In”—is the maritime industry’s annual day in Washington, D.C. that brings the industry’s story—with a focus on critical maritime issues—directly to individual Members of Congress and key staff in small-group meetings in the Senator or Congressperson’s own Congressional office on Capitol Hill.
This website is designed for those who are familiar with the Sail-Ins and have registered for this year’s Sail-In.
For more information, see “In summary,” below.
Outline for the day
As in the past the Sail-In will be a one-day event on Capitol Hill – this year on Wednesday, May 7 (2014). The day will begin with a buffet Continental breakfast starting at 8:15 in room B339-B340 of the Rayburn House Office Building. This was the location of the breakfast last year. The room is best accessed via the building’s Independence Avenue entrance. At the breakfast you will sit with your team. This will be a time for the teams to meet among themselves and review the following: 1)The basic outline for their Congressional meetings that day, including the maritime issues to be discussed and in what sequence; 2)Questions that might come up and how to answer them; 3)The points that each member of the team – from their experience and knowledge – can contribute in the meetings that will underscore the arguments being made; 4)Information about the individual members of Congress and/or staff with whom the team will be meeting. In other words, this will be a time to be get down to brass tacks. Then, at 9:30—or before, depending on the time of your team’s first meeting—you and your team will leave the breakfast for your meetings.
From approximately 9:30 to 12:00 Noon your team will have two to four pre-arranged meetings with members of Congress and/or their staff.
Lunch –Our lunch plans have changed. We will now be hosting a “Maritime Sail-In Luncheon” from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Sonoma restaurant on Capitol Hill in honor of the Congressional Maritime Caucus, with special guest Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips. The luncheon will be a buffet and meant to be a quick, drop-by lunch so you can grab something easily between your meetings. Members of Congress who belong to the Maritime Caucus have been invited, as well as key senior staff on the Hill who have been of great help to the industry over time. The Chairmen of the Maritime Caucus – Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) – plan to be there. Sonoma is located at 223 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, two blocks up the street (west) from the House office buildings (on the same side of the street), in the first block of shops after the Library of Congress Madison Building; your team leader is familiar with the location.
From the early afternoon until about 5:00 p.m. your team will have two to four additional meetings with members of Congress and/or their key staff.
Closing reception: Our closing reception (“TBD” earlier on this site) will be in Room 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building; your team leader is familiar with the location.
For information on becoming a 2014 sponsor, contact Clint Eisenhauer at firstname.lastname@example.org. All sponsorship checks should be made payable to the “U.S. Maritime Coalition” and mailed to the following:
U.S. Maritime Coalition
Attn: Tammy Sumner
1601 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
To receive a sponsorship invoice, contact Linda Arquette at 703-351-0129; LArquette@MLLnet.com.
Your support is greatly appreciated.