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Do it for Hawaii: Reform the Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act have been in the national news recently, so Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, devoted his latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii to the topic of why both of these destructive, protectionist federal maritime laws

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Let’s talk about the Jones Act — all eight of them

Artwork by Stephanie Mahoney You thought you knew what the Jones Act was, right?  Well, think again. Turns out, there are at least eight separate federal Jones Acts.  The Jones Act we discuss most at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is the one that costs Hawaii residents more than $1

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Waiver goodbye to the Jones Act?

If a shipping law that ostensibly protects “national security” has to be waived every time there’s a crisis, maybe the problem is the law itself. President Joe Biden granted two limited Jones Act exemptions over the past 10 days in response to the ransomware attack that temporarily shut down the

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China a threat to Jones Act lobby, except when it’s not

Jones Act carriers claim China is a threat to America’s maritime industry, but when they need cheap repairs, they know where to go One of the great disconnects of the Jones Act is that it requires vessels carrying goods between U.S. ports to be U.S.-built, but it doesn’t say anything

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Jones Act closed loophole that could help Hawaii

  A prominent Hawaii state senator told us at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii recently that he agreed with many of the policies we advocate, but he could not bring himself to support our call for Jones Act reform. Why? Because, he said, if the Jones Act were really a

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An arcane federal law puts Young Brothers on the ropes

This commentary originally was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sept. 28, 2020. _____________ Transporting freight between Hawaii ports just became significantly more expensive, thanks to a 46% rate increase granted in August to Hawaii’s monopoly tug and barge company, Young Brothers LLC. Effective Sept. 1, the increase was awarded

Read More →

Do it for Hawaii: Reform the Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act have been in the national news recently, so Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, devoted his latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii to the topic of why both of these destructive, protectionist federal maritime laws

Read More →

Let’s talk about the Jones Act — all eight of them

Artwork by Stephanie Mahoney You thought you knew what the Jones Act was, right?  Well, think again. Turns out, there are at least eight separate federal Jones Acts.  The Jones Act we discuss most at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is the one that costs Hawaii residents more than $1

Read More →

Waiver goodbye to the Jones Act?

If a shipping law that ostensibly protects “national security” has to be waived every time there’s a crisis, maybe the problem is the law itself. President Joe Biden granted two limited Jones Act exemptions over the past 10 days in response to the ransomware attack that temporarily shut down the

Read More →

China a threat to Jones Act lobby, except when it’s not

Jones Act carriers claim China is a threat to America’s maritime industry, but when they need cheap repairs, they know where to go One of the great disconnects of the Jones Act is that it requires vessels carrying goods between U.S. ports to be U.S.-built, but it doesn’t say anything

Read More →

Jones Act closed loophole that could help Hawaii

  A prominent Hawaii state senator told us at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii recently that he agreed with many of the policies we advocate, but he could not bring himself to support our call for Jones Act reform. Why? Because, he said, if the Jones Act were really a

Read More →

An arcane federal law puts Young Brothers on the ropes

This commentary originally was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sept. 28, 2020. _____________ Transporting freight between Hawaii ports just became significantly more expensive, thanks to a 46% rate increase granted in August to Hawaii’s monopoly tug and barge company, Young Brothers LLC. Effective Sept. 1, the increase was awarded

Read More →