I was just thinking about the Jones Act, and the implications it would have for the Tug Industry, workboat Industry, and all the small boats in general. Lets say the Jone’s Act was repealed tomorrow, (Heaven Help Us), would that have an adverse effect on the tug industry? My friend was saying that American Companies would no longer have to have American Citizen licensed Mariners operate Tugs, and I guess he argues that people could get for example Indian Mariner licenses and use those to compete for jobs with Americans who are Coast Guard Credentialed? That doesn’t seem accurate, but I am still wondering what the effect of a Jones Act repeal would be for the work boat industry.[/QUOTE]
First off, India is not a FoC country. You need to be a citizen of India to get an Indian Mariner’s License, just like USA. Unlike USCG, which grants licenses to even Green Card Holders aka Permanent Residents, India does not even do that, in spite of you having a resident/work permit. Not a citizen, no mariners’ lic. Simple.
Second, in the order of man power supplied, Philippines comes first, followed by East Europe, Chinese and then fourth, Indians. You should tell you co-worker Bubba, to be more scared of the Filipinos and the Chinese, who have a better network in this country (especially through the Christian Missionary network), than the Indians.
Third, all these sailors are deep sea sailors with experience on ocean going ships, not tugs or ATBs. Where are they going to get the coast wise experience to replace you?
And, more importantly, having gone through this entire thread, pray inform me, which category of work permit/visa exists in USA that allows in for zero to low skilled blue collar worker inside USA & work legally? If it did, why would there be 10million odd illegal immigrants in this country, all doing low skill jobs? You guys do understand the fact that one needs a work permit to work in any country, including the coastal waters, right?
Why do guys have your knickers in such a twist over this insane, pot fuelled thread?
Instead, worry about this?
China’s Louisiana Purchase: Environmental concerns in ‘Cancer Alley’