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The Jones Act, the US regulation that requires all domestic and cabotage shipping in the US to be undertaken by US-built, -crewed, -flagged and -owned vessels, is once again under attack, this time by one-time presidential candidate, Arizona senator John McCain. He claimed that estimates that US consumers could save about $1bn per year if it was repealed, but his 2010 attempt won just 20 votes in the 100-member chamber. “The power of this maritime lobby is as powerful as anybody or any organization I have run up against in my political career,” he said.

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