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With the hurricane in Puerto Rico, the Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act of 1920) has received more press than normal. Briefly, the Jones Act was adopted to protect U.S. ship builders, sailors, and ship-owners. Part of its protection includes restrictions on cabatoge, which is when a foreign vessel conducts a voyage between two ports in the United States (also known as the coastwise trade). The Jones Act requires that any such voyage be conducted by a vessel built in the U.S