Keeping up with the Jones Act
It says, " The Jones Act has always been a hot potato. In 1954, the Mills Brothers had a hit single with ‘The Whole Town’s Talking About the Jones Act’ which was only prevented from reaching number one by the Stargazers’ version of I See the Moon (the Moon Sees Me). Today, Jones is a cold potato because people have more important things to worry about.
"Under the Jones Act, cabotage is all one-way, unlike in Europe. The Americans do have a better currency and nicer weather, however. Jones also provides welfare benefits for US seafarers, who are allowed to claim damages if they spend at least 30 per cent of their time working on US ships. If they are injured as well, they can claim much more. A whole community of Jones Act lawyers has grown up over the years, with one leading attorney exhorting seafarers via his website, 'Don’t try to hide prior injuries or fudge'.