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What makes this ship unique is that it is the only US flagged, US built, US manned pure car truck carrier. We don't build many big commercial ships in the United States because our labor rates are not very competitive. We have a law though, the Jones Act, which requires that a ship that only operates between two US ports, must be US built, flagged and manned. The law is intended to ensure the United States continues to have shipyards capable of building big ships and continues to have a few merchant mariners in case those capabilities are needed for national defense. So, the Jean Anne is a rare example of a US crewed ship built at an American yard, VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula Mississippi (www.vthm.com).
Talk about marketplace - this owner just paid to have this ship built and is now busy moving cars.
You can read more about the ship at www.PashaHawaii.com or watch a couple of time lapse movies from during its construction on my web site www.MaritimeNewMedia.com.
I submitted a French Market pano for the 'World Heritage' WWP - if you were expecting another of those.