<strong>“In reality how much would this actually affect things? IE how many cruise ships are foreign owned, VS US owned that ply the West Coast? What about the same for cargo ships?”
As far as I know, there were only 3 U.S. Flagged cruise ships, and I believe that number is now 2, and will soon be 1. They were the ships run out of Hawaii by NCL, as the Pride fleet. The 3 ships all ran the same route between the Hawaiian islands, but NCL quickly realized that there wasn’t enough demand for 3 ships in such a small area. One of them got reflagged and is now running in the Med (I think) and they’re going to reflag another one early next year. So to answer your question, nearly every cruise ship that you see on the West Coast is owned by a foreign flag company. Just go down and take a look at the flags they fly and the countries welded on the stern…you probably won’t see any Old Glory’s flying. I know there is a small company called Cruise West that runs some small ships (like 100 passengers). One of them is seen on Nantucket all the time, and that’s the same one that ran aground last year.
Cargo ships are a different story - U.S. fleet is somewhere between 250-300 ships, but again, most of the cargo you see coming into this country is on foreign flagged ships.
I don’t think you’re going to find anyone here who is in favor of getting rid of the Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act of 1920, but nobody calls it that). It’s what’s keeping us employed, and I think we want to keep it that way.