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Maritime Policy

As new year dawns, old maritime law still a problem

The outdated Jones Act is blamed for increasing East Coast fuel costs, killing a massive wind farm project and crippling LNG tranport In 2020, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii commissioned a study that found the federal maritime law known as the Jones Act costs Hawaii about $1.2 billion a year,

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Welcome to more craziness caused by 1886 maritime law

Royal Caribbean’s Adventures of the Seas cruise ship. The following commentary was originally published in The Well News on Dec. 1, 2023. _____________ Cruise ships sailing empty? It’s a recipe for financial loss, and cruise operators avoid it whenever possible. But it does happen. As reported by Newsweek, it happened in

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India abolishes its ‘Jones Act,’ could be role model for U.S.

India has abolished its equivalent of the Jones Act — America’s 1920 U.S. maritime law that prohibits foreign shipping competition between U.S. ports and adds to American business and consumer costs. According to news sources such as Splash 24/7 and the India-based National Herald, leading government officials in the world’s

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Hawaii among victims of law that hinders U.S. port dredging

The 1920 Jones Act is a familiar topic in Hawaii, but its precursor — the Foreign Dredge Act of 1906 — has largely escaped scrutiny.  However, Montana resident Brad Tomasovic researched the maritime law for a year to become the national high school debate champion and shared what he learned with

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One more good reason to throw an antiquated maritime law overboard

The following article was published originally on Feb. 4 in Travel Weekly. ____________ A U.S. maritime law enacted during the days before air travel is exporting American tourism dollars to countries such as Canada, Mexico and Aruba. The 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act does this by preventing foreign-flagged or -built

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A lively conversation about the Jones Act, pro and con

The Jones Act was the topic of a lively discussion earlier this month on KKCR radio’s “Kauai Soapbox,” moderated by radio host and Kauai County Council member Felicia Cowden. Cowden’s guests were Colin Grabow, Grassroot Scholar and Cato Institute trade policy analyst; Jonathan Helton, Grassroot Institute policy researcher; Mark Coleman,

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How Jones Act reform can work for everyone (Oahu presentation)

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted the nation’s leading critic of the Jones Act in Honolulu and Kahului this week, with the point being to explore “How Jones Act reform can work for everyone.” The events originally were intended to feature representatives of both sides of the Jones Act debate,

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Jones Act reform need not be all or nothing

Barge on Mississippi River at Memphis The following article was published originally on July 10, 2022, in the Daily Memphian, based in Memphis, Tenn. ____________ The Fourth of July is a time of remembrance for Americans. We celebrate our country’s independence from English rule and the harmful laws and taxes

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As new year dawns, old maritime law still a problem

The outdated Jones Act is blamed for increasing East Coast fuel costs, killing a massive wind farm project and crippling LNG tranport In 2020, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii commissioned a study that found the federal maritime law known as the Jones Act costs Hawaii about $1.2 billion a year,

Read More →

Welcome to more craziness caused by 1886 maritime law

Royal Caribbean’s Adventures of the Seas cruise ship. The following commentary was originally published in The Well News on Dec. 1, 2023. _____________ Cruise ships sailing empty? It’s a recipe for financial loss, and cruise operators avoid it whenever possible. But it does happen. As reported by Newsweek, it happened in

Read More →

India abolishes its ‘Jones Act,’ could be role model for U.S.

India has abolished its equivalent of the Jones Act — America’s 1920 U.S. maritime law that prohibits foreign shipping competition between U.S. ports and adds to American business and consumer costs. According to news sources such as Splash 24/7 and the India-based National Herald, leading government officials in the world’s

Read More →

Hawaii among victims of law that hinders U.S. port dredging

The 1920 Jones Act is a familiar topic in Hawaii, but its precursor — the Foreign Dredge Act of 1906 — has largely escaped scrutiny.  However, Montana resident Brad Tomasovic researched the maritime law for a year to become the national high school debate champion and shared what he learned with

Read More →

One more good reason to throw an antiquated maritime law overboard

The following article was published originally on Feb. 4 in Travel Weekly. ____________ A U.S. maritime law enacted during the days before air travel is exporting American tourism dollars to countries such as Canada, Mexico and Aruba. The 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act does this by preventing foreign-flagged or -built

Read More →

A lively conversation about the Jones Act, pro and con

The Jones Act was the topic of a lively discussion earlier this month on KKCR radio’s “Kauai Soapbox,” moderated by radio host and Kauai County Council member Felicia Cowden. Cowden’s guests were Colin Grabow, Grassroot Scholar and Cato Institute trade policy analyst; Jonathan Helton, Grassroot Institute policy researcher; Mark Coleman,

Read More →

How Jones Act reform can work for everyone (Oahu presentation)

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted the nation’s leading critic of the Jones Act in Honolulu and Kahului this week, with the point being to explore “How Jones Act reform can work for everyone.” The events originally were intended to feature representatives of both sides of the Jones Act debate,

Read More →

Jones Act reform need not be all or nothing

Barge on Mississippi River at Memphis The following article was published originally on July 10, 2022, in the Daily Memphian, based in Memphis, Tenn. ____________ The Fourth of July is a time of remembrance for Americans. We celebrate our country’s independence from English rule and the harmful laws and taxes

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