At a cocktail party full of designers of coastal abodes and art types, I met a decorator from Jacksonville, Florida, when I explained that I was in the maritime business, she immediately asked me, “What do you think about that ship - the one that sank in a hurricane? It had sailed from Jacksonville, you know.” The vessel, of course, was the El Faro, the 1975- built steam-powered ro-ro/ container carrier which met its tragic end in October 2015, resulting in the deaths of all 33 men and women aboard. 

In the face of two major hurricanes, the US Department of Homeland Security has now extended its previous Jones Act waiver (due to expire 14 September) for another week.

As Hurricane Irma barrels into the Florida coast the logistics of fuel distribution in the aftermath of the storm are already in the spotlight with a Jones Act waiver. 

The influence of US oil output, thought by energy analysts to be loosening the influence of other oil producers, continues to be felt.

The shift to LNG as a major part of the fuel mix is coming quicker than people think according to Peter Keller, chairman and evp of SEA/LNG and Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE).

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) US unit Keppel AmFELS has won a contract for two LNG-fuelled container vessels from US domestic line Pasha Hawaii.

Observers of the US maritime scene are set to become familiar with a new acronym - JADE - a newly established office within the New Orleans field office of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tasked with enforcement of the Jones Act.

Crowley Maritime Corporation reached another critical milestone with the recent setting of the main engine onto El Coquí, the first of two new, Commitment Class con-ro ships that will be powered by LNG for use on the trade between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico.

In the days leading up to the first primary voting in the 2016 Presidential election, economic, defense and social issues matter little. Instead, the drama- and, hence, attentions of media and therefore voters have been on the sidelines as Donald Trump jousted with Fox News. So it goes with the nearly 100 year old Jones Act, which protects US coastal trade, and trades to Hawaii and Puerto Rico, for US built vessels.

The Connecticut Maritime Association’s monthly luncheon featured liner shipping veteran, Peter Keller, executive vice president of Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), which operates vessels in the US Jones Act liner trades. Keller, best known from his time at NYK is spearheading the LNG project at TOTE, which is wholly owned by longtime maritime investor Saltchuk Resources.

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