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AMP, US politicians applaud Jones Act move

Thu 02 Feb 2017 by David Foxwell

AMP, US politicians applaud Jones Act move
US Senator John Kennedy: “this decision will get Louisiana mariners back to work by restoring the proper treatment of US-built vessels crewed by US citizens in the Gulf of Mexico”

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), which describes itself as the voice of the domestic maritime industry in the US, says it commends a more robust interpretation of the Jones Act that will have significant ramifications in the offshore vessel sector.

The AMP has issued a statement regarding a US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) revocation notice that it says will ‘restore American jobs by correcting previous letters of interpretations of the Jones Act.’

“The men and women of the American maritime industry commend the US Customs and Border Protection’s efforts to rightfully restore over 3,200 American jobs to the American economy and close loopholes that gave preference to foreign workers and foreign shipbuilding,” said Tom Allegretti, chairman of the American Maritime Partnership.

“We applaud President Trump’s commitment to ‘buy American and hire American.’ Correct and lawful interpretation of the Jones Act will ensure the preservation of American jobs and maintenance of the US shipyard industrial base, both of which are critical to our economic security and national security.”

AMP said it has joined a growing list of government and industry leaders who “understand the importance of restoring American jobs to the American economy” and support the restoration of what it described as “this lawful interpretation of the Jones Act,” which governs the transportation of equipment and cargo between coastwise points.

“This decision will get Louisiana mariners back to work by restoring the proper treatment of US-built vessels crewed by US citizens in the Gulf of Mexico,” claimed US Senator John Kennedy (R-La). “The offshore industry is the lifeblood of Louisiana. We need to close loopholes that benefit foreign workers at the detriment of Louisiana mariners. I look forward to working with President Trump on this issue, and I applaud the CBP for taking a positive step that will benefit the lives of many Louisiana families.”

“The Jones Act is a pillar for America’s maritime industry that serves to put this nation’s workers and ingenuity ahead of foreign interests,” added Representative Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. “This decision by CBP is in the spirit of recognising and upholding the Jones Act. And by closing loopholes that existed to the detriment of American workers, CBP has taken an important step that underscores the extraordinary importance of the Jones Act and its role in strengthening our maritime industry. My hope is that this decision is the start of an even stronger transition in favor of the Jones Act across the entire federal government and I commend CBP for its leadership in taking this action.”

“The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) applauds the Administration’s strong step to restore the congressional intent of the Jones Act. This notice opens a domestic market to US mariners on US-built vessels, owned by US companies,” said OMSA President Aaron Smith. “The offshore service industry is ready, willing, and capable of completing this work, having recently invested US$2 billion in US shipyards.”

“I applaud the corrective action taken last week by US Customs and Border Protection that supports the rule of law and reinforces the federal government’s compliance with the Jones Act,” said majority whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). “This corrective action is the right thing to do for Louisiana workers and will also benefit the American economy. In addition, unlike so many job-killing regulations and rules the Obama administration issued on its way out the door, this agency ruling actually reverses some of the economic damage the Obama Administration allowed to take place on its watch. It will help to ensure the oil and natural gas industry in the Gulf, which is vital to local and national economic growth, will continue to have a robust supply of US crews and vessels to strengthen America’s energy security and help bring reliable energy to families across the nation.”

“The corrective actions taken by the CBP return us to appropriate rule of law, help to eliminate unfair advantages of foreign workers and companies, and protect America’s national security interest. This is the right decision for Louisiana’s energy workforce and for America’s energy security,” said Representative Garret Graves (R-South Louisiana). 

“The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) applauds the US Customs and Border Protection’s efforts to close labour loopholes benefiting foreign shipbuilding and re-establishing more than 3,200 American jobs associated with the maritime sector,” said Matthew Paxton, president of SCA. “This correction of past misinterpretations of the Jones Act will enable our shipyards to continue to supply, build, maintain and repair the essential vessels needed by the oil and gas industry.”


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