What We Do

Since its founding, AMP has led the way in telling the story of the positive impacts of America’s domestic maritime industry, including the industry’s support of more than 500,000 American workers, as well as $100 billion in economic contributions to the nation. America’s maritime policy is based on three time-tested requirements established on common sense and the best interests of American industry and workforce. Quite simply, any vessel transporting goods or passengers within America’s shoreline must be:

  • U.S.-Built
  • U.S.-Owned
  • U.S.-Crewed

Why the Jones Act Matters

The Jones Act is critical to the military strategy of the United States.

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Our Story

AMP is the successor organization to the Maritime Cabotage Task Force (MCTF), which was founded to counteract a misguided attempt by foreign commercial interests to eliminate America’s most venerable maritime laws for their own profit and convenience. Since its founding, AMP has led the way in telling the story of the positive impacts of America’s domestic maritime industry, including the industry’s support of more than 500,000 American workers, as well as the $100 billion in economic contributions to the nation.

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Maritime Honors

AMP annually recognizes an individual who has displayed extraordinary dedication to and consistent support for the hard working men and women of the American maritime industry. The most recent recipient of the Champions of Maritime Award was Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who was recognized in September 2013 for his efforts to advocate for a robust domestic maritime industry and the important role it plays in America’s national, economic and homeland security.

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Cabotage Laws

The movement of cargo between two points in the United States is governed by Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 (46 U.S.C. §55102). It is generally referred to as the Jones Act, in honor of its author, Senator Wesley Jones (R-WA). The Jones Act is the continuation of laws to encourage a national flag fleet and allied industries that date back to our nation’s founding.

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Our American Made, American Maritime is a Cornerstone of our Nation.