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Waiver for Jones Act sent to desk of the President

A waiver for the Jones Act has cleared hurdle No. 1 and is now being sent to the desk of President Donald Trump for final approval. The waiver, which was approved by the United States House of Representatives on Nov. 27 via voice vote, is known as the Coast Guard Authorization Act. This came just two weeks after changes were made to the bill by the United States Senate when approved in that chamber.

Plans for Jones Act-compliant wind farm service ships announced

This spring, Aeolus Energy Group, an American wind tower services company, announced that it plans to enter the U.S. offshore wind market with a fleet of American-made ships. Now the company, which maintains onshore wind turbines, says it will be partnering with Ulstein, a Norwegian shipbuilder, on the first Jones Act-compliant vessel to provide offshore wind services.

What is the fascinating, hidden history of the Jones Act?

Many maritime workers know the Jones Act as a crucial law regarding workers’ compensation. The Jones Act requires employers to maintain safety standards on their vessels and provide a safe workplace for seamen and other workers. The act also allows workers to file lawsuits against their employers if they suffer an injury on the job.

Who qualifies to file a Longshore or Jones Act claim?

If a worker on a water vessel becomes injured, then they may be eligible to file either a claim under the Jones or Longshore Act. Many employers don't understand the subtle differences between the two well enough to be able to advise their employees which to file.

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