No Jones Act Waivers as Marine Markets Return to Normal After Canadian Pipeline Explosion

The explosion on the Enbridge natural gas pipeline on October 9, spectacular as it was, never drove the West Coast marine oil market to seek Jones Act waivers.  Although one oil major was contemplating Jones Act waivers, there was sufficient equipment in the Pacific Northwest and idle in the Gulf to meet any emergency supply needs.  In addition, the urgency of … [Read more...]

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...]