A growing chorus of wind and international maritime industry advocates is calling for the US to abandon plans for strict regulations on foreign mariners working in American waters as unworkable if the the country is to achieve it ambitious offshore energy goals.

An amendment passed by the House of Representatives at the end of last month as part of the 2022 Coast Guard Authorization Act (CGAA) would require that all workers on foreign-flagged vessels be US citizens, alien residents or citizens of the flag under which the vessel sails, flying in the face of “longstanding international principles that regulation and credentialing of crews are matters under the sovereign control of vessels’ flag states”, said the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).