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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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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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Alaska podcaster hosts Helton for conversation on Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act are antiquated laws that “impact states like Alaska, Hawaii and the territories like Puerto Rico and Guam especially harder than it impacts the rest of the nation,” according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy researcher Jonathan Helton. Helton, who has

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What is the Passenger Vessel Services Act?

If a cruise ship built outside the U.S. is traveling from California to Alaska, it may not drop off its passengers in Alaska unless it stops in another country as part of its itinerary, which in this case would be Canada. That’s because of a little known federal maritime law

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Akina to Perry: Open-records law restored, but transparency still needed

Institute President Keli’i Akina rode again this week with “Perry & The Posse”on KSSK radio, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, and one of the big topics of discussion was the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns. Interviewed by Michael W. Perry, Hawaii’s top-rated morning radio host, Akina acknowledged state officials have a role

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How an 1886 maritime law is holding back U.S. tourism

This article was published originally by the TravelPulse news and media website on July 9, 2021. ____________ Some old laws have withstood the test of time. Some haven’t. The 135-year-old Passenger Vessel Services Act is the epitome of the latter. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Great Lakes to the

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PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

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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

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 →

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 →

Alaska podcaster hosts Helton for conversation on Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act are antiquated laws that “impact states like Alaska, Hawaii and the territories like Puerto Rico and Guam especially harder than it impacts the rest of the nation,” according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy researcher Jonathan Helton. Helton, who has

Read More →

What is the Passenger Vessel Services Act?

If a cruise ship built outside the U.S. is traveling from California to Alaska, it may not drop off its passengers in Alaska unless it stops in another country as part of its itinerary, which in this case would be Canada. That’s because of a little known federal maritime law

Read More →

Akina to Perry: Open-records law restored, but transparency still needed

Institute President Keli’i Akina rode again this week with “Perry & The Posse”on KSSK radio, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, and one of the big topics of discussion was the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns. Interviewed by Michael W. Perry, Hawaii’s top-rated morning radio host, Akina acknowledged state officials have a role

Read More →

How an 1886 maritime law is holding back U.S. tourism

This article was published originally by the TravelPulse news and media website on July 9, 2021. ____________ Some old laws have withstood the test of time. Some haven’t. The 135-year-old Passenger Vessel Services Act is the epitome of the latter. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Great Lakes to the

Read More →

PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

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 →