The National Security Importance of the Jones Act Recognized on National Maritime Day

Florida Commerce Secretary Laura DiBella was joined by representatives from the American Maritime Partnership and Florida Maritime Partnership

By the American Maritime Partnership. WASHINGTON & JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 22, 2023) – The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today recognizes the critical importance of the economic and national security benefits the 650,000 men and women of American Maritime deliver to the nation. “This National Maritime Day we are reminded that America, […]

TRANSCOM Leader Highlights Importance of Sealift to Congress

General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, 14th commander of TRANSCOM

By VOICES Staff. General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, the Commander of the United States Transportation Command, testified at a hearing to members of the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower and readiness subcommittees about the importance of maintaining the U.S. Sealift and Airlift fleets, especially as China aims to dominate global maritime. The hearing was held […]

Crowley Backs Puerto Rico Students in Jacksonville Engineering Competition

Senior director of business development for Crowley Logistics, Joan Puig, and University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez engineering student, Carolina Medina

By Crowley. (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; March 15, 2023) – Crowley is supporting a team of 16 students at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) by providing free shipping and logistics services for their entry in the American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE) Concrete Canoe Competition in Jacksonville. The engineering students designed and created a concrete canoe that floats and […]

WA State Senate Calls Jones Act ‘Critical’ to State’s Prosperity and Security

By VOICES Staff. On February 2, the Washington State Senate passed a resolution, which recognizes the vital role of the Jones Act in the state’s economy and national security. The Jones Act, which was authored by then-U.S. Senator for Washington State Wesley Jones, requires that vessels transporting cargo between U.S. locations be American-built, American-owned and […]

The Jones Act Is a Useful Scapegoat for Poor New England Energy Decisions

This opinion piece originally appeared in NH Journal on November 29, 2022. By Samuel H. Norton. New England governors are clamoring for Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to support waivers to the Jones Act, a law requiring that cargo shipped between two U.S. ports be transported on vessels that are American-made, -built and -crewed, to “do […]

The Jones Act Remains Critical to U.S. Needs

This opinion piece originally appeared in DC Journal on October 18, 2022. By Peter Roff. Smart policies balance short-term considerations against long-term needs, even when they conflict. This is the case in Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Fiona made its presence known, dumping 30 inches of water in just a few hours, accompanied by high winds […]

What’s Going on in New England?

This post was initially written on October 17, 2022. By Sam Norton. Yet another “targeted waiver” of the Jones Act was granted over the weekend; this time to allow US sourced LNG to be transshipped from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. Free market champions will cheer this development as one more example of the failure […]

Fuel cargo vessels arrive at Port Tampa Bay to assist in Hurricane Ian recovery

This article originally appeared in Florida Politics on October 3, 2022.  By Kelly Hayes. More than 25 domestic maritime vessels are calling on Florida ports as they reopen following Hurricane Ian. U.S.-flagged maritime vessels arrived Friday at Port Tampa Bay following its reopening, carrying fuel cargo to aid in Hurricane Ian recovery. More than 25 […]

U.S. Maritime Prosperity Tied to Offshore Wind

This article originally appeared in gCaptain on September 20, 2022.  By Barry Parker. Offshore wind will be a key component of future U.S. successes in the marine businesses. This was the message conveyed at the “Maritime Prosperity Forum,” presented by the Coast Guard Foundation and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and […]

Strong Jones Act, Strong Texas

This opinion piece originally appeared on Greater Houston Port Bureau’s website on July 22, 2022.  By Jennifer Carpenter. In June, we celebrate the anniversary of enactment of the Jones Act, the federal law requiring that vessels moving cargo between U.S. ports be American-owned, American-built, American-crewed. As the foundational law of American maritime, the Jones Act is […]