Cummings: Enforcement of Jones Act is Essential

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, issued the following statement after convening a hearing to consider the U.S. Coast Guard’s regulatory policies regarding the rebuilding of vessels under the Jones Act:

“The issues pertaining to the rebuilding of Jones Act vessels in foreign shipyards are highly complex. However, fair and consistent enforcement of the law is essential to ensure that it is appropriately enforced and that all of the vessels certified for coastwise trade are competing on a level playing field.

“There is currently significant confusion regarding the exact meaning of some of the terminology utilized in existing regulations, as well as how those regulations are to be applied.  Such confusion appears likely to undermine efforts to ensure that the Second Proviso is enforced as intended.  It is my hope that the Coast Guard will take the opportunity to clarify its regulations.

“Further, increased transparency in administration of the processes used to assess the extent of vessel rebuilds would enhance enforcement and enable all parties in the Jones Act trade to understand the specific standards that are being applied by the Coast Guard.

“Additionally, there needs to be enhanced oversight of the processes that the Coast Guard utilizes to implement Jones Act regulations, as well as an effort to verify that the alterations made to vessels at foreign shipyards do not violate the Second Proviso.  It is insufficient to simply trust the claims made by ship owners who could stand to gain significant economic advantage from work on Jones Act vessels in foreign shipyards.”

Maritime Reporter January 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Matson Announces Quarterly Dividend

Matson, Inc. declared a first quarter dividend of $0.17 per common share, the company’s board of directors announced. The dividend will be paid on March 5, 2015

Hogan Named VP at Newport News Shipbuilding

Rob Hogan has been appointed vice president of manufacturing at the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the company announced.

Kongsberg Expands Louisiana Office, Training Facility

Kongsberg Maritime has purchased approximately 5.2 acres for new construction on an 82,980 sq ft office and training facility. Construction on the James Business

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2656 sec (4 req/sec)