The Maritime Minute

News from The American Maritime Partnership, March 11, 2013


ROLL CALL OP-ED: JONES ACT NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SPIKE IN FUEL PRICES: In an op-ed printed in Roll Call, retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Albert J. Herberger, who served as Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration from 1993 to 1997, said the Jones Act is not responsible for price increases at the pump. “It doesn’t make sense to blame the American shipping industry in general, and the Jones Act in particular, for the spike in gasoline prices. The cost of shipping does not affect the price at the pump – the global market does.” Click here to read more.

AMP EXPLAINS PRICE OF CRUDE DRIVES PRICE OF GAS IN NATIONAL REVIEW: In a response to an op-ed in The National Review, The American Maritime Partnership defended the Jones Act and its contribution to American security. “While the article suggests that the Jones Act harms our national security, exactly the opposite is true. That’s why the U.S. Navy is among the strongest supporters of the Act. Since its enactment, every president, congress, and defense department has backed the Jones Act. The law has enjoyed this kind of bipartisan support due to the important national- (as well as economic- and homeland-) security benefit it provides to our nation.” Click here to read more.