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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Decision by Trump’s CBP ‘hurts workers, prevents creation of 3,200 new American jobs’

From ‘Mariners, Shipbuilders Call on President to Put U.S. National & Economic Security First’:

“The Administration’s decision today to delay the revocation of letter rulings impacting the lawful enforcement of the Jones Act in the Gulf of Mexico is extremely disappointing. This delay and move to a regulatory review process will damage our American mariners […]

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Matson, U.S. shipyard mark ‘Aloha Class’ milestone for Hawaii fleet

Excerpts from Marine Link:

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) and Matson, a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, have marked a milestone in the construction of the first of two new “Aloha Class” containerships to be delivered to Matson in the third quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019, respectively. Designed specifically for Hawaii service, […]

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OMSA fires back at ‘erroneous’ and ‘misguided’ report on Jones Act changes

From gCaptain:

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 […]

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Alaska company agrees to pay $10 million in biggest-ever Jones Act fine

From Alaska Dispatch News:

An Alaska natural gas producer has agreed to pay the U.S. government $10 million in what amounts to the largest penalty ever levied in the history of the nearly century-old Jones Act, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

A Jones Act waiver can be obtained from the secretary of Homeland Security […]

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The Jones Act under attack

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 […]

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Labor judge tells Horizon Lines to pay sacked whistleblower US$1 million

From SeaNews:

”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 […]

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US agency creates Jones Act enforcement division

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 […]

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Hawaii shipping company Matson to acquire Span Alaska

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 […]

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Amendment to exempt Puerto Rico from Jones Act rejected

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 […]

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In Defense of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

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 […]

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MARAD and USCG Defend Jones Act in Congressional Hearing

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 […]

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AMP slams multiple errors in Jones Act report

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 […]

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American shipyards hit out at critics of the Jones Act

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, […]

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Matson adds huge gantry crane for Alaska operations

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, […]

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Court rejects new bid to kill Jones Act by shippers in Hawaii hit by cabotage rules

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 […]

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