What Is The Jones Act?

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act, is a federal law that addresses maritime commercial activity in the United States.

While the Jones Act covers many aspects of maritime commercial activity, one of its roles is to protect people who work on the water. It offers recourse for mates, deckhands, leadmen, captains, pilots, masters, engineers, cooks and others who have been injured working on a towboat, tugboat, barge or ship. This includes employees who make their living on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and other area rivers.