Jones Act


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Jones Act

Legislation in the United States, passed in 1920, that requires ships transporting cargo between U.S. ports to fly a U.S. flag, to be owned by American citizens, and to be crewed by U.S. citizens and residents. The Act was designed to protect merchant marine jobs. The Jones Act remains controversial. Critics maintain it is protectionist and results in higher prices for consumers, while supporters contend that it helps preserve American jobs and ensures trained seamen are available in times of national emergency. It is formally called the Merchant Marine Act; its colloquial name comes from Senator Wesley Jones, who sponsored it.
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The law is adding to the island's problems, and should be set aside for that reason alone - but the Jones Act was, or should have been, a scandal well before the hurricane hit.
The Jones Act only requires all cargo moving from one US port to another US port (including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) be borne in a US-flag vessel whose crew is at least made up of 75 percent US citizens, whose vessel is built in a US shipyard, is registered in the US, is managed by US citizens, and is majority (at least 75 percent) owned by US citizens.
It is a major operator of tankers and ATBs in the Jones Act industry and its 22 active vessel US Flag fleet consists of six active ATBs, two lightering ATBs, three shuttle tankers, nine MR tankers and two non-Jones Act MR tankers that participate in the U.
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act, requires (among other things) that all goods transported by water between U.
Today, in recognition of the severity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke approved a waiver of the federal Jones Act.
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He was also a resident commissioner to the United States where he was instrumental in the passage of the Jones Act in 1916 which provided for the grant of Philippine independence.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations has announced the creation of the National Jones Act Division of Enforcement (JADE).
If oil exports pick up pace while the Jones Act is left in place, US crudes discount to Brent will likely narrow from its $8 average through 2014, while domestic refiners' shipping costs will remain high, putting them at a disadvantage to foreign competitors.
The tanker will be a sister to the four Jones Act tankers KMP has under construction at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, CA.
Two laws--the Jones Act and the Passenger Services Act (8)--reserve the coastwise transportation of goods and passengers, respectively, for American-built ships owned by Americans employing American crews and documented under American laws.
Love it or hate it, the Jones Act is the single most important piece of US maritime legislation to date.