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The Jones Act, Section 27, Merchant Marine Act of 1920, Title 46 United States Code §883 requires all waterborne transportation between points within the United States be carried by vessels built in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens.
The costs associated with domestic-build requirements of the Jones Act are suggested as a major impediment for shipping companies to compete in the marketplace.
The operation of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Capital Construction Fund Tax Deferral Program (CCF Program), the Federal Financing Guarantee Program (Title XI Program), and the U.S. Department of Transportation Tiger Discretionary Grant Program (DOT Tiger Discretionary Grant Program) are Federal programs designed to level the playing field.
Matson Navigation has utilized the CCF Program for its new vessels. The Hawaii Department of Transportation has received DOT Tiger Discretionary Grants to modernize harbors within the Port of Hawaii system.
$600 Million has been made available for the DOT FY 2014 Tiger Discretionary Grant Program. Applications are due April 28, 2014. Source: <http: />
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