I’ve heard people say the Jones Act also protects the airlines and us passengers by preventing CHINA AIR from flying Chicago to Denver. The effects of this are to complex to analyze here, but one result is that it has driven pilot pay up nicely.
But here is something that doesn’t line up with the marine world. US airliners use foreign built airplanes. Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, and others. Why are airlines not required to use USA made airplanes for domestic flight?
Come to think of it, foreign built cars and trucks haul good and people inside the USA each day, as well.
Why is the maritime industry different with vessels? Would there be a benefit to mirroring other industries?
Most here work on the operation side of the marine industry, not on the ship-building side. Perhaps having more options and potentially more vessels available (lower price) would create more and better jobs for mariners?