International transportation and logistics firm Crowley Maritime has mobilized 18 Jones Act-compliant petroleum carriers to deliver gasoline and diesel to various ports in Florida.
Jacksonville, Florida-based Crowley is responding to the urgent demand in the state following the huge disruption to the fuel supply chain caused by Hurricane Irma.
Port Everglades, Port of Tampa Bay and Port Canaveral are among the target ports.
The Jones Act requires items transported between US ports to be carried by US-only ships – that means vessels made in, majority-owned by and crewed by US parties as well as being US flagged.
However, the exceptional circumstances of the fuel emergency following Irma has seen the US Department of Homeland Security issue a waiver to the Jones Act regulation for the area worst hit by the hurricane.
The waiver was initially for one week but on Wednesday was extended to allow cargo loadings up to September 22.
As a result, there has been a flurry of non-Jones Act ships booked by brokers, particularly medium range tankers for US Gulf coast and Atlantic coast ports in the Sunshine State.