House OKs Jones Act waiver for Dakota Creek trawler


(WASHINGTON) — A waiver for the $75 million ship America’s Finest is headed to President Trump for a signature following approval by both chambers of Congress, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.

The House of Representatives passed a waiver Tuesday, part of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, that will allow the fishing vessel to be used in U.S. waters. The ship was built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash.

A waiver was needed to forgive the use of too much foreign-fabricated steel in the ship’s hull, which kept the ship from complying with the Jones Act.

“It probably won’t sink in for a few days, but this is kind of one of the last major steps,” Dakota Creek Industries Vice President Mike Nelson said by phone Tuesday evening. “The morale is up.”

The Senate passed the same waiver earlier this month.

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By Professional Mariner Staff