Jones Act Enforcer

Anybody see this? What a joke.

OMSA is announcing the launch of the JONES ACT ENFORCER, a first-of-its-kind vessel that will be used to gather video and photographic evidence of Jones Act violations. Evidence of violations will be submitted to authorities, made public, and shared with the media.

The Jones Act requires seaborne cargo shipped between two U.S. points to be carried by U.S.-built, crewed, and owned vessels. However, the Act is often violated by foreign vessels.

“The Act is not being implemented in a manner that is correct under the law and as a result, American security is being threatened and American workers are losing jobs to foreign vessels,” said Aaron Smith, OMSA President and CEO. “It’s time that someone takes a stand and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

The JONES ACT ENFORCER will produce evidence showing foreign flag vessels that continue to violate U.S. law by transporting merchandise between points in the U.S., utilizing their significantly lower crewing costs to undercut American vessels and American workers.

“Now, we’re going to shine a bright spotlight on their actions and show everyone just how many foreign mariners are taking money out of U.S. mariners’ pockets. If foreign vessel owners or the companies that hire these vessels don’t like this scrutiny, I suggest they hire U.S. owned, U.S. crewed, and U.S. built vessels.”

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This is a bit weird, in this day and age it is so easy to track violations remotely through digital methods, it is hard to understand what this vessel would actually do.

Painted in Navy gray to make it more “official” looking.

Good for a chuckle anyway. This is the most OMSA thing I’ve ever seen.

Outstanding! If we’re gonna have laws on the books, enforce them. No more paradoxical loops about lack of domestic tonnage when nobody will hire a domestic operator to do the work because they know they can circumvent the laws on the books and pay less.

It’s sad enough they have to engage a powerless observer boat to draw any kind of attention to what is going on.


IFAIKR my mentor here, ccaptain, repeatedly pointed out that it was not the Jones Act but the OCS Land Act that covered the use of foreign flag vessels in the GoM.
Is that not correct??