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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sause Building New Barge to Service Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 4145 Views :: Jones Act

The new barge is being specially designed and built to service the Hawaii market and will be larger, more efficient than its predecessor....

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Monday, December 17, 2012
The Jones Act Debate in Puerto Rico: Urban Legend or a Never-Ending Story?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:28 PM :: 3617 Views :: Jones Act

...the U.S. build section of the Act should be modified in certain trades of domestic shipping in order to support the U.S. Merchant Marine....

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Monday, December 17, 2012
Jones Act union official calls islands “off-mainland threat”
By Michael Hansen @ 12:15 AM :: 3487 Views :: Jones Act

 “the remote states and territories.”

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Jones Act U.S.- build requirement is a sham
By Michael Hansen @ 8:30 PM :: 7451 Views :: Jones Act

A leading Jones Act shipowner said last week they will build two containerships in the United States that were designed by a foreign shipbuilder and will be fitted with foreign manufactured components....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Matson Fires Shot Across Consumers’ Bow
By Michael Hansen @ 12:57 PM :: 6312 Views :: Jones Act

...Matson is planning to acquire, within the next five years, two new mainline ships for the extravagant price of U.S. $400 million.... 

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Monday, November 19, 2012
Joni’s Jones Act Plea
By Michael Hansen @ 3:40 PM :: 4384 Views :: Jones Act

Perhaps the most important upcoming development in respect of Jones Act reform will occur early in the first quarter of 2013. That is when the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) is expected to release a Jones Act study requested by the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico, Representative Pedro Pierliusi (D).

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Jones Act Shipbuilding Burdens Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and Puerto Rico
By Michael Hansen @ 9:58 PM :: 6947 Views :: Jones Act

...the “prices for new ships have fallen to an eight-year low” and may be pushed down another 15 percent....

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Friday, November 02, 2012
Obama Administration Waives Jones Act For Hurricane Sandy
By Michael Hansen @ 10:37 PM :: 3732 Views :: Jones Act

The Jones Act Waiver was requested by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ....

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Saturday, September 08, 2012
Liquefied Natural Gas for Hawaii: Sourcing and Transportation Options
By Michael Hansen @ 8:26 PM :: 6234 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

To go beyond supplying their current gas customer base in Hawaii, it will be necessary for Hawaii Gas and the other players to look at a very much larger scale program....

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Friday, August 24, 2012
How Jones Act May Swing Presidential Election
By Michael Hansen @ 6:58 PM :: 5073 Views :: Jones Act

The long predicted fight over the foreign flag carriage of crude oil from the U.S. Government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) on the U.S. Gulf Coast to refineries on the U.S. East Coast seems set to begin in earnest ....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Murder at Pier 23: The Death of Hawaii Animal Agriculture
By Michael Hansen @ 10:41 PM :: 5191 Views :: Agriculture, Jones Act

"...it’s come to the point where we are wondering whether it’s worth continuing the business...."

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Thursday, August 02, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Candidates on the Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 3:52 AM :: 4225 Views :: Jones Act

The Star-Advertiser asked all 24 candidates running for three federal offices 6 questions including, “Should Hawaii be exempt from the Jones Act, the federal law that protects the domestic shipping industry from foreign competition?” 

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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Shipowners Add New Bunker Surcharges for Low Sulfur Fuel
By Michael Hansen @ 4:22 AM :: 6842 Views :: Energy, Environment, Jones Act

...additional costs to be incurred by carriers switching to low sulfur ship fuels as required by an international convention, which the United States Senate has not ratified but is being imposed anyway by President Barack Obama’s administration beginning on August 1, 2012....

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Hawaii Dems and Mr Jones
By Michael Hansen @ 2:31 PM :: 6586 Views :: Democratic Party, Jones Act

“Dems and Mr. Jones, they got a thing going on. They both know it’s wrong. But it’s much too strong to let it cool down now.”

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Will Matson Survive?
By Michael Hansen @ 4:17 PM :: 5240 Views :: Jones Act

...trapped in a protected and proscribed market, surrounded by customers who don't like paying its exorbitant rates and unable to afford modern ships....

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Friday, June 08, 2012
Naval Shipbuilding and Repair goes Awry
By Michael Hansen @ 7:49 PM :: 5221 Views :: Jones Act, Military

The Navy released its preliminary findings yesterday in the case of the fire aboard the Los Angeles Class fast attack nuclear submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) that may result in the vessel being assessed as a total constructive loss....

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Mazie's Adventures in a Jones Act Wonderland
By Michael Hansen @ 7:11 PM :: 4876 Views :: Jones Act, Politicians

Rep. Hirono states that the Jones Act has created 10,000 maritime jobs in Hawaii, and the Hawaii maritime industry generates an annual turnover of more than $4.7 billion and provides wages of $1.1 billion. These are extravagant numbers ... 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Jones Act Reform Key Element of Guam's Economic Plan
By Michael Hansen @ 3:48 PM :: 4289 Views :: Jones Act

The Governor of Guam, the Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo’s Council of Economic Advisors has recently released the outline of their new economic plan, and Jones Act reform is a key element of that plan....

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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Insolvent Horizon refits old Jones Act ships in foreign shipyards
By Michael Hansen @ 4:49 PM :: 7911 Views :: Jones Act

...in a direct rebuff to U.S. shipyards, it will refit three of its ageing containerships in Asia hypocritically skirting the so-called “second proviso” of the Jones Act....

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Sunday, May 13, 2012
France, Flights, and Free Cars: A Peek into a $10B Jones Act 'Union'
By Selected News Articles @ 8:03 PM :: 4886 Views :: Jones Act
First-class travel. Six-figure salaries for half the 132 officers and staffers. Plenty of plum jobs for family members. Life is good at the top of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Will Horizon Lines go down with the Jones Act?
By Michael Hansen @ 11:35 PM :: 6404 Views :: Jones Act

Horizon wishes to assure the Jones Act industry of its fidelity and that it will not succumb to the siren call of Jones Act reform even if that means it will never have a chance to rationally renew its fleet of dreadful old clunkers....

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
The History of Natural Gas in Hawaii
By Michael Hansen @ 4:20 PM :: 10116 Views :: Energy, Hawaii History, Jones Act

In response to my article, a reader asks: “We get all the natural gas we need now. How does it get here? The article makes it sound impossible, but it’s here.”

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Clinton’s chief economist supports Jones Act reform for Hawaii
By Michael Hansen @ 6:16 PM :: 9189 Views :: Jones Act

Professor Stiglitz explained that the first time the Jones Act came to his attention is when he worked on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors and it was identified as a major impediment to the national U.S. economy....

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Monday, April 16, 2012
No Natural Gas for Hawaii with Jones Act Ships
By Michael Hansen @ 8:20 PM :: 6859 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

There are no Jones Act ships available to transport the LNG from the contiguous United States or Alaska to Hawaii. No deep draft LNG carrier has been built in a U.S. shipyard for at least 30 years....

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Friday, April 13, 2012
Hawaii Shippers Council Outlines Jones Act Reform Proposals
By Michael Hansen @ 6:48 PM :: 8696 Views :: Jones Act
The NTJAR initiative would exempt just the Jones Act noncontiguous domestic trades – Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico – from the U.S.-Build requirement of the Jones Act and only for large self-propelled oceangoing ships....
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Sunday, April 01, 2012
S&P: Credit Risks Mount For U.S. Domestic Shipping Companies As Ships Start Showing Their Age
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 5592 Views :: National News, Jones Act

More than a thousand ships and barges will reach the end of their useful lives in the next few years. More may be forced out of service as environmental standards tighten....

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
US-Build requirement for ships: Dilemma for Hawaii, Guam, Alaska, and Puerto Rico
By Selected News Articles @ 7:24 PM :: 10476 Views :: Jones Act

... labor rates are not the main reason why U.S. shipyards are uncompetitive ....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Why Hawaii Lost the Superferry
By Selected News Articles @ 7:27 PM :: 15099 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act, Judiciary, Politicians

Last year, instead of enacting a law stating that the Supreme Court was wrong, the Legislature adopted special legislation exempting the Superferry pending completion of an environmental impact statement. The Supreme Court’s recent decision correctly struck down that exemption as violating the Hawaii constitutional prohibition against legislative special treatment for special interests.

The governor and Legislature were then handed a second opportunity to make the law pono by saying what everyone believed. The Legislature could enact simple language, such as the following which I recommended to the legislative leadership in March 2009, making clear that our environmental laws do not extend to "secondary" impacts:

"Significant effect" does not include or require consideration of “secondary impacts” on the environment that may result from government action. This latter provision is retroactive to enactment of this chapter.

By doing so, the law would state what everyone always believed it meant and the Superferry would have been allowed to continue providing essential transportation to Hawaii's citizens and competition to interisland airlines.

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