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§ 1241q. Exemption of American Great Lakes vessels from restriction on carriage of preference cargoes

(a) Exemption from restriction
The restriction described in subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to an American Great Lakes vessel while it is so designated.
(b) Restriction described
The restriction referred to in subsection (a) of this section is the restriction in section 1241 (b)(1) of this Appendix, that a vessel that is—
(1) built outside the United States;
(2) rebuilt outside the United States; or
(3) documented under any foreign registry;
shall not be a privately owned United States-flag commercial vessel under that section until the vessel is documented under the laws of the United States for a period of 3 years.
(c) Subsequent application of restriction
Upon the revocation or termination of a designation of a vessel as an American Great Lakes vessel, the restriction described in subsection (b) of this section shall apply as if the vessel had never been a vessel documented under the laws of the United States.

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