House Bill Seeks 5-Year Moratorium of Jones Act in Puerto Rico

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) have introduced a bill that would place a 5-year moratorium of the Jones Act in Puerto Rico as the U.S. commonwealth recovers from Hurricane Maria. The bill, known as the Puerto Rico Humanitarian Act (H.R. 3966), was introduced before the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Armed Services … [Read more...]

Dozens of U.S. Offshore Supply Vessels Awaiting Call to Assist in Puerto Rico

Dozens of U.S.-flagged offshore supply vessels are ready and waiting to assist in the humanitarian relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands if they are called on to do so by the Trump Administration. Last week, Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, MD met with President Donald Trump to discuss a host of issues, including a letter which he sent to the President … [Read more...]

U.S. Maritime Industry Dispels Jones Act Misinformation in Washington

American shipping industry executives were in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to participate in a panel discussion during a House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Democrats hearing on the Jones Act and its impacts on hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The panel of industry experts included Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE, Michael Roberts, Senior Vice … [Read more...]

Crowley Maritime: Puerto Rico Jones Act Waiver ‘Not Needed’

U.S. shipping company and leading Jones Act carrier Crowley Maritime Corp. issued a statement Thursday opposing the Trump administration's decision to approve a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act in Puerto Rico. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke approved the waiver of the federal Jones Act early Thursday morning following a request Wednesday from the … [Read more...]

Unused Jones Act Waiver Set to Expire at Midnight

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will not further extend the limited Jones Act waiver applying to tankers transporting fuel in hurricane-hit areas of the United States, which will allow the waiver to expire tonight at midnight.  The temporary limited waiver was first issued September 8 at the recommendation of the Departments of Defense and Energy due to … [Read more...]