Since 2006 the team of U.S. Flag brokers at Poten & Partners has been providing barge and ship brokerage support to the energy sector operating within the laws of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. The Merchant Marine Act is a United States federal statute that regulates maritime commerce between U.S. ports, requiring that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried vessels, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens.
Our team of brokers specialize in the chartering of Jones Act vessels ranging from product and crude tankers, ocean going barges and ATB’s, to inland and bunker barges. Coverage includes most geographic areas of the US Flag market including East and West coast, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, and inland routes.
Our brokers provide owners and charterers with expertise on the spot and term market opportunities, marine operational and financial analysis, voyage calculations as well as relet and demurrage billing analysis. Our clients include major oil companies, traders, shipowners involved in all Jones Act trading areas.
Charter Party Negotiation / Administration
Outchartering of oil company or oil trader time-chartered equipment
Vessel Operation and Voyage Support for spot and term charters
Demurrage Analysis/Post Fixture Analysis
Market Analysis / Research
The team also provides a weekly northeast market report reflecting assessed spot barge pricing, vessel availabilities and the latest update on trends and market analysis.
“Our team of brokers specialize in the chartering of Jones Act vessels ranging from product and crude tankers, ocean going barges and ATB’s, to inland and bunker barges.”