Jones Act strikes again

Now the 1920 protectionist maritime legislation is “holding up crucial salt supply for New Jersey highways.” Getting a 40,000-ton shipment of rock salt from a port in Maine “to Port Newark has been frustratingly slow because of the state’s inability so far to obtain a federal waiver of the 1920 Maritime Act, which requires that the shipment arrive on a vessel flying a U.S. flag.” [] Update: looks they’ll get salt. More: Dan Lewis, Now I Know (“cabotage”).


  • Given the current administration’s predisposition to waivers from even recently passed legislation, one can only assume the correct palms are not being greased, or perhaps there are no relevant photo opportunities and tearful hugs to be gained from dispensing such a waiver.

  • Just so long as the peasants realize they must always get permission first, regardless of the exigency.

  • “In fact, the waiver had not been rejected . . . . On Tuesday, it was still being reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security, which has to coordinate with DOT on waiver requests.”
    What is this “Homeland” they speak of? I find the term provincial, with a whiff of apartheid. And really, you’d think a bunch of people recruited off pizza boxes would be able to arrange for a timely delivery of salt.

  • Maybe if they were the people delivering the pizza instead of ordering them.


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