I’m in London at a high level shipping conference. MARAD Administrator is currently on the stage alongside the head of the U.K. Flag and the IMO secretory general.
i posted a bit about his speech here:
Question and answer period just opened and Chip was asked a string of very pointed questions about Eliminating the Jones Act. His answer was strong and pointed. He said “let me be perfectly clear I fully support the jones act!” There were further vollies pointed at him (one delegate called the jones act a “blatant piece of protectionism!”) but Chip didn’t waiver.
Then he said “We have to fully support the US merchant marine and indigenous shipbuilders and the Jones act that protects them!”
the he comments died (chip was clear that he wouldn’t budge) then someone asked “will MARAD loosen the Jones act just a little”
chip hip looked him strait in the eye and said “Let me give you my final answer on the subject: NO!”