Waiver for fish­ing ves­sel signed into law by Trump

The Olympian - - News - BY JU­LIA-GRACE SAN­DERS Sk­agit Val­ley Her­ald

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.

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