Global & Disaster Medicine

The Department of Homeland Security needs to waive a law that would allow foreign ships to send supplies to Puerto Rico after the U.S. territory was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last week.


NY Daily News

  • 3.4 million people are virtually without electrical power
  • Food and drinking water remain scarce.
  • The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, requires shipments between ports of the United States to be carried out exclusively by vessels built and operated by Americans.  That prevents Puerto Rico from receiving shipments from foreign countries like Jamaica, even though it may be cheaper and faster than shipping from the continental U.S.

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