Trump rescinds Jones Act for 10 days to help hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump has finally ordered the Jones Act to be waived for 10 days for shipments to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico.

“It is intended to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms,” acting homeland security secretary Elaine Duke said in a statement.

Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello warned on Thursday of the huge damage wrought by Hurricane Maria.

“What we are seeing right now is the biggest extent of devastation in the history of Puerto Rico,” Rossello told MSNBC. “What we need is all hands on deck.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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