Guest column: General Assembly’s Jones Act resolution supports maritime industry

By , Guest Columnist Updated: June 29, 2022 5:53 AM CT | Published: June 29, 2022 4:00 AM CT
George Leavell
Guest Columnist

George Leavell

George Leavell is co-owner and executive vice president with Memphis-based Wepfer Marine, which operates harbor and fleeting services in nine locations along the lower Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers. Wepfer also provides trip towing on the lower Ohio River, a full-service shipyard with dry-docks, barge-cleaning services, crane services, dock repair and a machine shop in Memphis, fueling services in Greenville and Memphis, and salvage operations on the inland waterways. 

The Jones Act — the bedrock law of American maritime — supports more than 20,000 jobs and $4.5 billion in economic output in Tennessee.


Jones Act Tennessee General Assembly


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