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What is the Jones Act?

What is the Jones Act's legal basis?

The Jones Act, also known as Section 7 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a significant maritime law.

Who initiated the creation of the Jones Act?

Senator Wesley Jones played a pivotal role in creating the Jones Act.

What does the Jones Act regulate?

The Jones Act regulates the participation of vessels in interstate commerce, specifically those not manufactured in the United States or flying a US flag.

Requirements Under the Jones Act

What are the requirements for vessels under the Jones Act?

  • They must have been manufactured in the United States.
  • They must have crews composed of US citizens.
  • They must be owned by US residents or corporations.

What geographical areas are covered by the Jones Act?

The Jones Act applies to trading voyages that start and end anywhere within the United States, including Puerto Rico.

Administration of the Jones Act

Which department oversees the administration of the Jones Act?

The administration of the Jones Act is overseen by the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD), a department within the US Department of Transportation.

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