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Sunday, January 21, 2018
It’s all Kumbaya at Pro-Jones Act U.S. House hearing
By Michael Hansen @ 5:29 PM :: 3691 Views :: Jones Act

...members of the Subcommittee are virtually all strong supporters of the Jones Act and typically receive industry backing in turn....

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Ferry: Hawaii's Rough Seas Favor Monohull Design
By Michael Hansen @ 6:54 PM :: 3849 Views :: Jones Act

...a better operating model for Hawaii might be what operates in the Tasman Strait in Australia....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
New Catamaran Delivered for West Oahu dolphin tours
By Michael Hansen @ 1:45 AM :: 5057 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...the vessel is already in service and hosting tours along the West side of Oahu....

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Thursday, January 4, 2018
Matson replaces interisland container barge; may increase Neighbor Island freight rates
By Michael Hansen @ 4:59 PM :: 5168 Views :: Jones Act

...Matson turned to Sause for a second hand deck barge....

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Tahiti Gets Superferry for 1/4 the Price
By Michael Hansen @ 3:05 AM :: 4589 Views :: Jones Act

...Hawaii Superferry was required to build its vessels in the U.S. by the Jones Act....

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Friday, December 29, 2017
Jones Act lobby chairman steps down
By Michael Hansen @ 11:37 PM :: 2859 Views :: Jones Act

...Thomas A Allegretti is the outgoing chairman of the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the primary Jones Act industry lobbying group....

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Friday, December 29, 2017
Young Bros announces new president
By Michael Hansen @ 11:33 PM :: 3969 Views :: Jones Act

...Boivin will assume duties as of December 22, 2017, replacing the retiring Glenn K. Y. Hong who served as the company’s president for 25 years....

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Jones Act lobby attacks Bloomberg editorials
By Michael Hansen @ 9:23 PM :: 2785 Views :: Jones Act

...American Maritime Partnership responds to Bloomberg....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Pasha shipbuilder hit with $422 million fine in bribery case
By Michael Hansen @ 6:18 PM :: 4403 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

...over $50 million in bribes....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Viking River Cruses blocked by Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 11:30 PM :: 3219 Views :: Jones Act

...“Varley noted that it likely would cost the company nearly twice as much to build its ships in an American shipyard and noted it already has a contract with a European shipbuilder. In addition, the current political climate in the U.S. makes it unlikely a variance to the Jones Act allowing Viking to use European-built vessels, would be approved.”....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Young Puerto Rican calls for Jones Act repeal
By Michael Hansen @ 5:28 PM :: 2660 Views :: Jones Act

...The debate over the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (Jones Act) has been revived as devastating hurricanes stormed through the Caribbean and public figures like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have introduced legislation for its partial or total repeal....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Bloomberg considers Jones Act reform options
By Michael Hansen @ 5:09 PM :: 2687 Views :: Jones Act

...First, grant at least a five-year waiver of the act to Puerto Rico. This would speed the island’s recovery. It would also test how best to regulate foreign-flag carriers, and provide data to show exactly what the act is costing....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bloomberg: Jones Act political contributions and lobbying
By Michael Hansen @ 6:36 PM :: 3973 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act, Labor

...Still playing with U.S. ports....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bloomberg: The Jones Act serves no purpose
By Michael Hansen @ 2:25 AM :: 2732 Views :: Jones Act

...the second in a planned series of four editorials focusing on the impacts of Jones Act cabotage on the U.S. economy....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Jones Act costs all Americans too much
By Michael Hansen @ 5:20 PM :: 2687 Views :: Jones Act

... Bloomberg -- “Hurricanes or no hurricanes, this ridiculous policy needs a rethink” ....

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Pasha Hawaii charged in labor dispute
By Michael Hansen @ 11:46 PM :: 3901 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...It may also lead to speculation that Pasha and the shipbuilder Keppel have not yet completed their ship design....

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Monday, October 23, 2017
CNN’s Zakaria calls for Jones Act repeal as part of Puerto Rico aid package
By Michael Hansen @ 12:54 PM :: 2980 Views :: Jones Act

...“proposed by economist Anne Krueger.”....

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Trump Refuses to Extend Jones Act Waiver for Puerto Rico
By Michael Hansen @ 8:05 PM :: 2655 Views :: Jones Act

...Expiration of Trump’s temporary Puerto Rico Jones Act waiver validates Sen McCain’s permanent exemption bill....

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Monday, October 9, 2017
Jones Act industry anxiety increases with Hurricane waivers
By Michael Hansen @ 11:44 PM :: 2963 Views :: Jones Act

...Seafarers Fret Over New Assault on Jones Act in Wake of Storms....

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Saturday, October 7, 2017
Jones Act Lobby: Ten Days is all Puerto Rico Should Get
By Michael Hansen @ 2:03 PM :: 2957 Views :: Jones Act

...U.S. House Subcommittee hears the Jones Act industry praise themselves....

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Saturday, October 7, 2017
Jones Act industry dirty tricks sabotage Hawaii poll
By Michael Hansen @ 1:50 PM :: 3042 Views :: Jones Act

...Jones Act carriers in Jacksonville, FL were able to take time away from Puerto Rico hurricane relief shipments to dial in to a Hawaii online poll....

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Survey: Over 80% of Hawaii Residents want Jones Act Repeal or Reform
By Michael Hansen @ 7:40 PM :: 3574 Views :: Jones Act

...surveys taken in 2012 and 2017 show similar results....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Sen McCain Introduces Bill to Exempt Puerto Rico from Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 7:54 PM :: 3492 Views :: Jones Act

... legislation that would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the Jones Act, to aid recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria and encourage long-term economic growth ....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
TOTE to Challenge Pasha for Hawaii trade?
By Michael Hansen @ 1:37 PM :: 3647 Views :: Jones Act

...TOTE has every intent to challenge Pasha Hawaii not only for assignment of KCT, but also Pasha Hawaii’s current operations prior to completion of KCT....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Trump says NO to Puerto Rico Jones Act waiver
By Michael Hansen @ 1:27 PM :: 2831 Views :: Jones Act

Crowley taking action to defend their interests and forestall the administration from declaring a Jones Act waiver to cover Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Does the Jones Act Endanger American Seamen?
By Michael Hansen @ 12:16 AM :: 3365 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...the Jones Act has contributed to a smaller and older domestic shipping industry with more dangerous conditions for American seamen....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Problems ahead for Pasha Hawaii and TOTE despite Gov Ige’s terminal announcement
By Michael Hansen @ 12:11 AM :: 3739 Views :: Jones Act

...the Diamond Head Terminal at Piers 1 & 2 – where TOTE would operate -- won’t be available until the 2024/2025 time frame....

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Congresswoman calls for yearlong Puerto Rico Jones Act waiver
By Michael Hansen @ 3:36 AM :: 3026 Views :: Jones Act

Cong Velázquez is one of five representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives of Puerto Rican descent....

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Friday, September 22, 2017
Ige Assigns Dock Space to Pasha, TOTE
By Michael Hansen @ 3:12 PM :: 3758 Views :: Jones Act

...PASHA gets the new Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT)....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Jones Act industry attacks Mercatus paper
By Michael Hansen @ 1:50 AM :: 2789 Views :: Jones Act

...AMP is the leading domestic maritime industry trade association....

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Will Trump Admin approve Jones Act waivers in wake of Hurricane Harvey?
By Michael Hansen @ 1:42 AM :: 3137 Views :: Jones Act

This will be another test of the Trump Administration’s willingness to stand-up to the domestic maritime industry....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Saltchuk puts Matson’s terminal expansion at risk?
By Michael Hansen @ 3:54 PM :: 3849 Views :: Jones Act

“Matson signs contracts for a total of six new and upgraded cranes for Honolulu terminal” 

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Pasha signs contract to build two containerships; what now?
By Michael Hansen @ 1:50 AM :: 3630 Views :: Jones Act

...Pasha Hawaii’s announcement is in direct response to Saltchuk Resources Inc.’s press release....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
A strange mix of piracy and racketeering
By Michael Hansen @ 12:33 AM :: 2623 Views :: Jones Act

...How Congress abets seaway robbery....

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Friday, August 18, 2017
Ships No Longer a Mystery: Young Bros Owner to Launch New Hawaii Service
By Michael Hansen @ 12:50 AM :: 4533 Views :: Jones Act

...“This week [TOTE] began conversations to secure the new deep water Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT) in Honolulu...."

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Jones Act: Matson and Pasha Seek Every Loophole
By Michael Hansen @ 10:41 PM :: 3438 Views :: Jones Act

...big enough to sail four ships through....

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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Video: How Jones Act Jams up Highway Traffic
By Michael Hansen @ 2:58 AM :: 2740 Views :: Jones Act

...the Jones Act has stifled coastal shipping and shifted the movement of freight to the nation’s roadways....

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Matson Tightens Grip on South Pacific
By Michael Hansen @ 11:59 PM :: 2849 Views :: Jones Act

...once their Marshall Islands service is in place, Matson will no longer use Kyowa Line to transship cargo....

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Friday, August 4, 2017
Seafarers’ irrational opposition to Sen McCain’s Jones Act reform bill
By Michael Hansen @ 11:43 PM :: 3830 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...Sacco’s column was in response to U.S. Senator John S. McCain’s introduction on July 13, 2017, of Open America’s Waters Act of 2017....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Matson: Construction-Related Shipments Down
By Michael Hansen @ 11:59 PM :: 3673 Views :: Economy, Jones Act

...lower construction related cargo to Hawaii as the boom of high-rise condominium developments in Honolulu has begun to ebb....

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Matson purchases second-hand ship for new Marshall Islands service
By Michael Hansen @ 9:56 PM :: 3779 Views :: Jones Act

“Matson announces new U.S. flag Marshall Islands service”

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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Can American Samoa Break Hawaiian Airlines Monopoly?
By Michael Hansen @ 4:29 PM :: 4533 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

...American Samoa seeks federal avaition cabotage waiver....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
National conservative advocates for Jones Act on national security basis
By Michael Hansen @ 11:33 PM :: 3525 Views :: Jones Act, Military

...National conservative advocates for Jones Act on national security basis....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Competition: Too Many Ships Ply Asia-Hawaii Routes?
By Michael Hansen @ 4:40 AM :: 2780 Views :: Jones Act

“...this high level of service should provide better access and lower logistics costs for Asian goods....”

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Friday, July 7, 2017
Competition heating up on Asia-Hawaii trade
By Michael Hansen @ 4:17 AM :: 2803 Views :: Jones Act

...the dedicated Asia–Hawaii Express will be upgraded from a fortnightly service to a weekly sailing starting in July 2017....

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Secy Perry calls the Jones Act an impediment to energy independence
By Michael Hansen @ 10:16 PM :: 4099 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

“Regarding our ability to retrieve energy, we don’t need anybody. Transportation may be our biggest impediment.”

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Friday, June 30, 2017
As Predicted, Matson Strike Avoided
By Michael Hansen @ 10:42 PM :: 5006 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...reporting on the expiration of two maritime union contracts with Matson....

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
APL to inaugurate new foreign flag Asia / Hawaii container service in August
By Michael Hansen @ 11:42 PM :: 4752 Views :: Jones Act

...APL Ltd. will inaugurate a direct Asia / Hawaii with the first vessel arrival to Honolulu scheduled on Sunday, August  13, 2017....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Trump nominates retired Admiral Buzby to be MARAD Administrator
By Michael Hansen @ 3:10 PM :: 2866 Views :: Jones Act

...there is nothing in the public record that would indicate Admiral Buzby’s views on national maritime policy....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Meet the Jones Act: A 97-year-old regulatory law that's costing you money
By Michael Hansen @ 2:05 PM :: 2755 Views :: Jones Act

...the need for the Jones Act is sensibly being questioned and challenged as never before....

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