The decision to waive the Jones Act for a tanker offshore hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico has earned condemnations from US domestic maritime groups.

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) — an industry group representing US shipowners, shipyards and other shipping companies — called the decision to send the 50,000-dwt GH Parks (built 2009) to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona a “stunt” by BP intended to price-gouge islanders.

“Granting of this waiver rewards calculated and predatory behaviour that undermines a dedicated American supply chain for Puerto Rico, and it is a harmful precedent that invites similar cynical stunts by foreign oil traders,” said partnership president Ku’uhaku Park.