Last week CBP withdrew its proposed change to the Jones Act exempting the carriage of offshore drilling material and supplies by all but U.S. flag vessels. The ruling sparked a heated controversy among industry associations and trade unions who lined up on both sides of the issue.
On the evening of April 14th, 1912, the HMS Titanic was making her way from Southampton to New York. Steaming off the coast of Nova Scotia she collided with an Iceberg at 11:40 pm. By 2:20 am after taking on water along her starboard side, the “unsinkable” vessel foundered, broke apart, and sank with over a thousand souls onboard. In response to this tragedy the International Ice Patrol (IIP) was set up to monitor the flow of icebergs within shipping lanes between Europe, Canada and the United States.
Launched in 1851 the “Flying Cloud” was the fastest clipper ship under sail. Making the run from New York to San Francisco in 89 days 8 hours, she set the record as the fastest Packet ship afloat, a record which would stand for 100 years. In 1838 the SS Great Western became the first trans-Atlantic passenger liner to integrate steam with sail.
In September of 2012 the Department of Justice found evidence among eleven Roll-On/Roll-Off carriers of misconduct under maritime regulations. The FMC (Federal Maritime Commission) allows carriers to jointly set pricing and make adjustments to combined capacity, if these events are filed in advance. Un-documented action is subject to fines and compensation to injured parties up to twice the value of assessable damage.
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) last week released a statement echoing President-Elect Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again.” In a letter to the transition team, the association outlined several areas for investing the $1trillion pledged by the GOP for rebuilding America.