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El Faro and the Jones Act

October 21, 2015

I’ve heard the argument that without the Jones Act, US shippers would replace their hulls more frequently from cheaper, foreign sources. Maybe. This article argues otherwise. I’m not entirely sold by its arguments. But I’m still skeptical of the notion that El Faro’s sinking indicts the Jones Act. There are plenty of old, creaky hulls working international waters, far from the restraints of the Jones Act. What the argument needs is some statistics, not isolated incidents used as presumably telling examples.

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