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Task Force Answers Jones Act Questions

The Maritime Cabotage Task Force has issued a document with frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly known as the Jones Act, and its application to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The questions and answers refer to the use of foreign vessels in U.S. waters, and point out that since the Jones Act does not apply outside the three-mile limit, and all the skimming operations are taking place outside that limit, the Jones Act is not a factor in accepting the aid of foreign-owned vessels in that part of the cleanup. (See the complete document in the Features section of this Web site.)

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