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Friday, April 13, 2012
Hawaii Shippers Council Outlines Jones Act Reform Proposals
By Michael Hansen @ 6:48 PM :: 9321 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 :: 6226 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 :: 11031 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 :: 16388 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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