CBP Issues Jones Act Ruling on Inland Dredging (USA)

Customs and Border Protection recently released a ruling regarding the use of a foreign-built, floating amphibious device used for excavation, dredging and aquatic weed cutting and harvesting.

CBP noted that Jones Act and related dredging restrictions against the use of a foreign-built vessel only apply to U.S. navigable waters and that the Jones Act applies to all vessels including those not documented with the Coast Guard because they are too small (except in the case of fishing vessels owned by U.S. citizens or resident aliens.)

CBP determined that the device was a “vessel” under applicable Supreme Court precedents, that harvesting marine vegetation constitutes “fishing” and the lifting of objects on board a vessel by a vessel’s crane constitutes a “lading” for purposes of assessing whether there has been Jones Act proscribed transportation of merchandise.

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Source: winston, July 16, 2013

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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