Originally Posted by Chief Engineer
Foreign built vessels cannot engage in carrying passengers for hire.
In other words, you can't use a foreign built vessel for charter service
in the USofA
1. Sure you can. First, the Jones Act requires the vessel to be U.S. flagged, not U.S. built. There are plenty of U.S. flagged vessels that have been built elsewhere. They just have to comply with U.S. safety regulations and notice requirements (e.g. placards).
2. If you want to carry passengers you can set up a "bareboat" chartering arrangement using a head
charterer that is a U.S. citizen. Any good maritime law firm can do this for you.
3. And if all else fails, a Jones Act waiver may be available, see e.g. Jones Act Waivers | Maritime Law Exemptions