US suspends Jones Act in wake of two hurricanes

A fear of lacking oil and oil product supplies in hurricane-stricken areas has prompted the Trump Administration to temporarily allow vessels sailing under foreign flags to operate in US waters.

Cape Coral i Florida, USA, efter orkanen Irmas hærgen. | Photo: /ritzau/AP/Gerald Herbert

The Trump Administration has suspended the Jones Act for one week in an effort to ensure supplies as well as oil and oil products such as gasoline and diesel in several regions in the US in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The suspension of the Jones Act, which protects the US fleet and only allows US-flagged vessels to transport oil and other cargoes between US cities, will enable foreign-flagged vessels to deliver oil to locations including Florida, report media including the Financial Times.

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