The penalties were for using a miniature Canadian railway to satisfy a provision in a federal law called the Jones Act.
The quickly escalating saga involves hundreds of millions of dollars in fines, a miniature Canadian railway and Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and it stems from the way that one of Alaska’s biggest fishing companies, American Seafoods, is using an exemption in the federal law that typically allows only U.S. ships to move cargo between U.S. ports.
Despite a Canadian ban on cruise ships, Petersburg could still see regular visits from small cruise lines this coming season.
The federal government released a plan for cruise ships to resume sailings in U.S. waters Friday, but the 2021 cruise ship season in Alaska is far from a sure thing.
The administration has waived the Jones Act for Puerto Rico. Under the law, only U.S.-flagged ships are allowed to move goods between U.S. ports.
Settlement comes after Furie Alaska violated the Jones Act in 2011.