CBP Alters Jones Act Guidance for Offshore Vessels

On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection revised key elements of its interpretation of how the Jones Act should be enforced in the U.S. offshore sector.

It has rescinded or modified a longstanding set of “letter rulings” on how and when foreign-flag ships may be used in offshore applications, including the use of crane ships.

The decision has drawn intense criticism from U.S.-flag offshore vessel operators.

The alterations center on how the agency…

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