Waiver for fishing vessel signed into law by Trump
President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Tuesday that finalizes a waiver for the fishing vessel America’s Finest.
The waiver will allow the $ 75 million ship, built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, to sail in U.S. waters, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen.
The ship needed a waiver because Dakota Creek used too much foreign-fabricated material in the ship’s hull, thus violating the Jones Act.
The U.S. Coast Guard will now complete at 30day review of whether Dakota Creek or Fisherman’s Finest, the company that contracted Dakota Creek to build America’s Finest, knew components used to build the vessel violated the Jones Act.
Before clearing Congress last week, the waiver failed to get through Congress twice in the past two years.
Dakota Creek has let go more than half its employees since learning of the Jones Act violation, company Vice President Mike Nelson said previously.
“This has been a very difficult and stressful two years for Dakota Creek,” Nelson said in the release. “The signing of this bill is a huge relief for all our employees.”
Now that the waiver has been secured, he said the company has started hiring again.