November 10, 2011
The Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee approved on November 2, 2011 language in S. 1430, to strengthen US build requirements for ships
the Maritime Administration Act for Fiscal Year 2012, require the Maritime Administration to certify that it is not possible to “use a United States when issuing waivers Jones Act waivers.
This provision is a response to the oil release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) over the summer of 2011.
The Obama Administration waived the Jones Act nearly 50 times to allow foreign shipping companies to transport the oil released from the SPR.
The Jones Act requires the use of American vessels and American seafarers when moving cargo between two points in the United States.
In waiving the Jones Act, the Administration outsourced jobs to foreign vessels and foreign workers
Obama administration gave waivers even though some 30 American vessels were available to assist in the transportation of SPR oil.
S. 1430 would ensure transparency in the waiver process by requiring the Maritime Administration to certify why it is not using American vessels.
This change in law will help ensure that U.S. flag vessels are given appropriate consideration prior to the issuance of any waivers being granted.
Stronger Jones Act is strongly supported by the American Maritime Partnership, and Chairmen John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ),
Others Senators supporting stronger Jones Actare Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Roger Wicker (R-MS)