Puerto Rico needs food, water and fuel. Can lifting shipping restrictions help?

Sep 27, 2017
Trump's administration said it won't lift the Jones Act restrictions as there are enough U.S. ships to help Puerto Rico. While previous presidents have lifted the restrictions following natural disasters, “the situation in Puerto Rico is much different,” said Gregory Moore, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter is seen in port as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 25, 2017 in San Juan Puerto Rico. Maria left widespread damage across Puerto Rico, with virtually the whole island without power or cell service.
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Houston spends millions to woo post-Panamax ships

Aug 26, 2016
As giant ships navigate through the widened Panama canal, Houston is ready for them.
The Port of Houston’s Bayport Container Terminal features nine new cranes that can load and unload post-Panamax ships. 
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The dark side of the ocean

Jul 20, 2015
Kai Ryssdal talks to New York Times reporter Ian Urbina about his investigative series.
The high seas are characterized by lawlessness, says New York Times reporter Ian Urbina.
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Giant container ships make port facilities obsolete

Oct 29, 2014
The huge ships came into use far faster than ports expected.

A holiday rush at ports piles up cargo

Oct 28, 2014
The bottleneck could delay shipments with a strict yuletide deadline.