As Puerto Rico recovers from the series of devastating hurricanes this season, it has been claimed that the Jones Act is hindering relief and rebuilding operations.
The Jones Act requires that all goods shipped between waterborne ports of the United States are carried by ships built in the US and owned and operated by Americans.
On Sept, 28, the Trump Administration decided to waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico for a 10-day period, but following this, US Congressman Gary Palmer and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez introduced legislation which would provide a five-year moratorium of the Jones Act in Puerto Rico.
Among the ships being used in the relief effort is the Jones Act container ship Horizon Spirit, 34,077gt, of the Honolulu-based shipping company Pasha Hawaii. She serves as a reserve ship in the line’s container service between the mainland and Hawaii.