U.S waives Jones Act to secure fuel for responders to hurricanes

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Posted: Sep 08, 2017 3:42 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it is waiving the Jones Act, which limits the availability of cargoes on the U.S. coasts, for a week to help ensure that emergency responders during Hurricane Irma and in the wake of Hurricane Harvey have enough motor fuel.

The Jones Act mandates the use of U.S.-flagged vessels to transport merchandise between U.S. coasts. Waiving the requirement allows oil and gas operators to use often cheaper, tax-free, or more readily available foreign-flagged vessels.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; editing by Diane Craft)