Use of Foreign Vessels to Transport Petroleum from the Virgin Islands to the United States Mainland

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Under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the President is authorized to extend the coastwise laws of the United States to the Virgin Islands, and thus mandate the use of U.S. vessels for transportation of passengers and merchandise from the Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland.

There is a strong argument that the President is empowered to make the coastwise laws applicable to the Virgin Islands solely for the carriage of petroleum and petroleum products.

Updated July 9, 2014