OK, no heavy weapons being brought up here. Let’s just try to discuss what Trump MIGHT do to help us? What should we EXPECT him to do? Even one action worthwhile or beneficial for US?
As far as any expectations go…I do expect there will be some serious pressure now to do away with the US build requirement for cabotage trade with non contiguous states or territories starting with Puerto Rico. I do also expect the injured US seaman’s right to sue for damages under the unseaworthiness doctrine to be going away or at least be changed to lessen a court’s automatic assumption that any seaman’s claim is bona fide. Not that I want them, but changing both could foster some new ships to enter the US flagged fleet.
now, what MIGHT he do?
- get foreign vessels out of the GoM unless they have US citizen crews
- get all DoD cargoes off of foreign ships and onto US flagged ones
- get at least a portion of LNG and crude exports onto US flagged ships
- get the transhipment of crude via lightering off foreign shuttle tankers and onto US ones
- expand the Maritime Security Program
- renegotiate existing trade deals to include that at least a certain percentage of imports come in on US flagged ships
- enact import duties on steel products and oil which would foster rebuilding steel and energy production in the US with concurrent maritime support
- change the depreciation schedule for US flagged ships from 25 to 10 years
- restore the PL480 program
- appoint a Maritime Administrator who is actually a maritime industry executive
what others might we add to this list? Regardless, can we reasonably EXPECT even one of the above? I ain’t holding my breath but I suppose anything is possible. It is at least worth discussing I guess…