U.S. Maritime Unions Respond to Jones Act Waiver: ‘Illegal, Unjustified and Unnecessary’


September 30, 2022

American maritime unions the Seafarers International Union; the American Maritime Officers; the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots; and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association have issued a joint statement in response to the Biden Administration’s “temporary and targeted” Jones Act waiver that allowed a foreign tanker chartered by BP to transport diesel to Puerto Rico from Texas. The full statement is below.

Our unions represent American Merchant Mariners who sail aboard Jones Act vessels, including those that serve Puerto Rico. Every day, our mariners go to work to ensure that Puerto Rico and the rest of the United States have safe and dependable domestic shipping, helping to move all the goods they need to live, work, and raise their families. And, every day, our

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Shipping for Chinese goods slumps to two-year low




Prospects for container carriers dim as consumers cut back on spending



The cost of shipping goods from China has slumped to the lowest level in more than two years as the world economy stumbles, dimming prospects for container carriers that turned in record profits during the pandemic.

A 40-foot shipping box from the world’s largest port of Shanghai to Los Angeles fetched $3,779 last week, the first time the spot price was below $4,000 since September 2020 and half the level of three months ago, according to Drewry. More declines are expected in the next few weeks, it said. 


While the value of Chinese exports was still rising through August, it

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Adolfo Utor contrapone la fortaleza de las navieras extranjeras a la realidad del sector español


El presidente y accionista único de Baleària, Adolfo Utor, aprovechó su discurso de ingreso en la Real Academia de la Mar para reivindicar el carácter estratégico del sector naviero. Utor reclamó al Estado “una apuesta decidida al respecto, con la adopción de las medidas necesarias para que las navieras españolas puedan competir en igualdad de condiciones con las del resto de la Unión Europea”.

El presidente de Baleària quiso dejar claro que no se trata de que el Estado otorgue ayudas desde perspectivas caducas, sino que las políticas públicas se alineen con las de los socios europeos. Considera que lo contrario “es letal para el sector naviero español, que compite con navieras europeas que se benefician de políticas públicas impulsadas por unas

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