The notion that the Jones Act has hurt the cleanup efforts of the oil spill is actually a myth. In a June 15th press release about the oil spill cleanup, it noted that there were 15 foreign vessels working to cleanup the oil spill. Even so, the Jones Act doesn’t even need to be waived in the oil spill cleanup. The Jones Act stipulates that trade cargo being transported between American ports must be carried by American ships. This does not mean that no foreign vessels can move in American waters or work to clean the ocean of oil. The Jones Act was specifically written for trade American ports (not to mention foreign ships full of trade goods come into our ports every day).
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