The Jones Act applies to ALL vessels travelling between 2 U.S. ports
Originally Posted by denverd0n
Doing a bit more research
on that link you provided and it says that the Jones Act does not apply to boats that are authorized to carry no more than 12 passengers...
; but, under the Small Vesell Waiver Program, owners of vessels carrying <12 passengers may request an exemption (waiver) from that requirement.
SMALL VESSEL WAIVER PROGRAM
The coastwise laws (such as the Jones Act and the Passenger Vessel Services Act), provide that a vessel cannot transport passengers between two U.S. ports
unless it is U.S.-built, U.S.-owned, U.S.-flagged, and U.S.-manned. Traditionally, the only way to receive a waiver from any of the requirements of the coastwise laws has been to convince Congress to enact a special legislative exception for a particular vessel.
The small passenger vessel administrative coastwise waiver process is an effort to transfer some of the burden of considering certain waiver requests from the Congress to the executive branch.
The Secretary of Transportation has been authorized to waive the domestic build requirements for foreign built or rebuilt small passenger vessels authorized to carry no more than 12 passengers.
The program allows vessel owners to request a waiver of the US build requirement of the coastwise trade
laws for a vessel eligible to carry limited (12 pax) passengers in a specific area.
In order to grant such waivers, the Secretary must determine that employment
of the vessel in coastwise trade
will not adversely affect US vessel builders or the coastwise trade business of any person who employs vessels built in the United States.
Once this waiver is obtained, the vessel must then meet all requirements imposed by USCG for other vessels working in that trade. Since the 6 passenger and 12 passenger requirements are fairly minimal, this will allow many owners of foreign built vessels to put their boats into commercial service
The process requires filings with the Maritime Administration, certain reports on effect on other builders and operators in the required geographic area and publication in the Federal Registry. The Secretary then evaluates any opposition to the waive and makes an administrative decision.
See ➥ Passenger Vessel Association