Biden waives US ship mandate a second time to fill fuel gap

US President Joe Biden waives the Jones Act, exempting an undisclosed company from its requirement for domestic ships and crews, in response to fuel shortages prompted by the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.

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The Biden administration has issued a second waiver of US shipping requirements as it seeks to get more fuel to the East Coast in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline shutdown that caused tanks and filling stations to run dry.

The waiver, announced late Thursday night, gives an unnamed company a limited exemption from the 101-year-old Jones Act, which requires that goods transported between American ports be carried on domestically built and crewed ships. The Homeland Security Department did not provide any details about the recipient of the new waiver or how long it would be valid.

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