Press Release: American Waterways Operators Commends Washington State Senate on Passage of Jones Act Resolution
American Waterways Operators Commends Washington State Senate on Passage of Jones Act Resolution
ARLINGTON, VA, February 16, 2023 / The American Waterways Operators commends the Washington State Senate on recent passage of Senate Resolution 8611, recognizing the importance of the Jones Act to the state of Washington. The Jones Act – named for its original author, then-U.S. Senator for Washington State Wesley Jones – is the federal law requiring that vessels transporting cargo between two U.S. ports be American-built, American-owned and American-crewed.
The bipartisan resolution, sponsored by Senator Karen Keiser (D) and co-sponsored by Senator Mark Schoesler (R), emphasizes that Washington State is “committed to the development of its maritime industry’s role in achieving a sustainable future and contributions to economic growth, ecological health, and thriving communities,” and highlights the role of the Jones Act in cultivating a strong domestic maritime industry that is critical to Washington’s and the country’s economic prosperity and national security.
The resolution also notes that:
- Washington is home to 22,500 maritime jobs supported by the Jones Act, and the Jones Act fleet supports nearly 650,000 family-wage jobs nationwide.
- The Jones Act fleet contributes over $154 billion in economic output nationally and $6.1 billion to Washington’s economy.
Peter Schrappen, AWO’s Vice President – Pacific Region, commented: “The American maritime industry – and the tugboat, towboat and barge industry that makes up a substantial part of it – is a critical economic engine and committed leader on environmental sustainability in Washington State and across the United States. The Jones Act is the foundational law that makes it possible for American maritime to make these and many other contributions to Washington’s economy, security, environment and quality of life. AWO applauds the Washington State Senate for recognizing the importance of the American maritime industry and the law that fellow Washingtonian Sen. Wesley Jones crafted to ensure its continued vitality.”
The resolution in its entirety can be viewed here.
The following Washington State maritime leaders, whose companies are also members of AWO, are available for interviews:
- Matt Godden, President & CEO, Centerline Logistics Corporation
- Jeff Horst, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Foss Maritime Company
- Jim Peschel, HSE Manager – West Coast, The Vane Bros. Company
- Russell Shrewsbury, Vice President, Western Towboat Company
About American Waterways Operators:
The American Waterways Operators is the tugboat, towboat and barge industry's advocate, resource and united voice for safe, sustainable and efficient transportation on America's waterways, oceans and coasts. Industry vessels move more than 665 million tons of America's commerce each year on the U.S. inland and intracoastal waterways, the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts and the Great Lakes.
Ben Lerner, Vice President - Public Affairs & Communications