“TheShipCantSink;161843 Blackwater wasn’t a foreign company. Neither was Halliburton.”
I can see it now. After one of the most effective laws in American History, the Jones Act is cited as a threat to National Security and our safety by John McCain, it is finally repealed. The extremely wealthy individuals who “own” McCain and their corporations, begin to bid on government contracts to provide MSC with unlicensed crew members. This begins the initial phase out American crews.
The Filipino deck and engine crew work 11 months and is then they are relieved for a month to ensure he cannot apply for a Green Card. Eventually, some of the Filipino unlicensed crew become licensed and are utilized as 3rd mates and 3rd assistant engineers. In time, the entire ship is manned by a foreign crew and You, my brother U.S. Mariner, are on the beach navigating a taxi, hoping the Filipino guy in the backseat going to join the MSC ship will leave you a nice tip.
This scenario wouldn’t be exclusive to MSC either. OSV’s and other vessels in the Gulf, the East and West Coast waters, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico could all be affected.
Oh, by the way, you can mail your inquiry questions on the Jones Act and outsourcing to;
Halliburton Corporate Headquarters
P.O. Box 3111
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The only “constant” in the Maritime Industry is “change”.