The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has issued a statement in response to what it calls “erroneous claims and misguided research” by the American Petroleum Institute in relation to the Customs and Border Protection Agency’s (CBP) proposed modifications to rulings related to the use of Jones Act vessels in the offshore oil […]
Posted at Maritime Executive:
Over the years, lawmakers and presidents have proposed making somewhat controversial changes to the Jones Act. Some have gone so far as to recommend repealing it entirely as Senator John McCain did in 2015.
The Jones Act, passed in 1920, protects legally-defined maritime workers and helps maintain a safe […]
”When his attempts to alert Horizon Lines to safety hazards onboard the vessel were ignored, ‘Loftus resorted to reporting safety concerns to the regulatory agencies because of Horizon’s consistent failure to correct hazardous conditions aboard the Trader. Loftus was clearly a thorn in Horizon’s side,”’ reported SeaNews.
Horizon Lines has been ordered to […]
Amid increased pressure from the US maritime industry to boost Jones Act enforcement, the US Customs and Border Protection has created a new division of enforcement for the nearly century-old law.
CBP’s Office of Field Operations has created the National Jones Act Division of Enforcement, which has a mission to “assist CBP and industry partners […]
Hawaii’s largest shipping company, Matson Inc., said Monday it will acquire Span Alaska Transportation LLC in an effort to expand its Alaska service offerings.
Matson’s subsidiary Matson Logistics Inc. will acquire 100 percent of the equity of Span Alaska for a cash purchase price $197.6 million. The deal is expected to close in the third […]
The US House of Representatives Rules Committee has rejected a proposed bill amendment that would have exempted Puerto Rico from the requirements of the Jones Act.
Opposition to the amendment, led strongly by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) said that lifting Jones Act requirements would be of little economic help to the Caribbean island, which […]
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has released a statement regarding Rep. Gary Palmer’s (R-AL) proposed measure to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act – which requires waterborne cargo between two points in the United States to be transported on vessels that are American built, owned and crewed.
The Palmer amendment to H.R. 5278, the […]
Last week, in a hearing of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, congressional representatives called for increased funding for the U.S. Coast Guard’s acquisition needs and questioned administrators on the status of America’s merchant fleet.
All present spoke in defense of the Jones Act, America’s cabotage law. Admiral Zukunft emphasized the quality of […]
Excerpts from Maritime Log:
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has released a statement pointing to “the sheer number of factual errors” in a recently published report entitled “The Jones Act: Protectionism v. Global Trade,” and produced by the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (AII).
“The publication is littered […]
American shipyards have issued a fierce rebuttal of repeated links between the Jones Act and the sinking of the 40-year-old El Faro containership at the beginning of October.
“To imply that vessels that do not have to comply with rigorous US safety standards are safe than those that do defies common sense,” said Matthew Paxton, […]
The largest of its kind in Alaska, the electrically-powered gantry crane is more than 340 feet tall with a boom spanning 164 feet, capable of lifting loads up to 60 feet long and weighing up to 145,000 pounds. Roni Toldanes photo
Following on its acquisition of Horizon Lines’ non-Hawaiian business, Jones Act shipping company Matson, […]
From The Loadstar:
Another attempt to lift US cabotage restrictions was dismissed yesterday, when a court in Hawaii ruled against a class action brought by shippers against legislation which prohibits foreign companies from carrying US domestic cargo on ships.
Judges dismissed the action on the grounds that the claim was too broad to be able […]
From a Pasha Group news release:
The Pasha Group’s acquisition of the Hawaii trade-lane business of Horizon Lines, Inc. (Horizon) was completed this week. The Pasha Group, one of the nation’s leading Jones Act shipping and integrated logistics companies, has served the Hawaii market for more than 50 years, adding roll-on/roll-off liner service between the […]
The Pasha Group says that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared its acquisition of the Hawaii trade-lane business of Horizon Lines, Inc. (Horizon). This paves the way for an anticipated final closing before the end of the second quarter.
In becoming part of Pasha, Horizon’s Hawaii business will operate alongside Pasha Hawaii’s existing […]