On National Maritime Day, Where is the U.S. Merchant Marine?

May 22 is National Maritime Day in the United States.  Initiated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933, it commemorates the sailing of the American steamship Savannah across the Atlantic to England in 1819.  Since 1933, the date has been celebrated as a recognition for all those merchant mariners who have sailed in the past and the present, and honor those … [Read more...]

Republican Senator Says Trump Will Not Waive Jones Act

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) - A Republican U.S. senator on Wednesday said President Donald Trump will not waive rules requiring that only U.S.-flagged ships move natural gas from American ports to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Northeast. The nearly 100-year-old Jones Act mandates the use of U.S.-flagged vessels to transport merchandise between U.S. coasts. … [Read more...]

To Waive or Not To Waive, that is the Jones Act Question?

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. - Maritime news hubs and trade associations are abuzz with rumors that the Trump Administration is considering a waiver of the nearly 100-year-old Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly referred to as the Jones Act, for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  A ten-day waiver was passed in the fall of 2017 during relief operations … [Read more...]

Republicans to Meet With Trump to Discuss Jones Act Waivers

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is set to meet with Republican senators on Wednesday over a proposal to waive rules that only U.S.-flagged ships can move natural gas from American ports to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Northeast. The nearly 100-year-old Jones Act mandates the use of U.S.-flagged vessels to transport merchandise … [Read more...]

Trump Considering Waiving Jones Act for LNG Shipments to Puerto Rico, Northeast

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Jenny Leonard and Jennifer Jacobs (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump is seriously considering waiving the requirement that only U.S. flagged vessels can move goods from American ports to Puerto Rico or energy-starved areas of the Northeast, according to people familiar with the deliberations. The issue was debated during an Oval Office meeting on … [Read more...]