(a)that navigation and vessel safety, protection of the marine environment, and safety and security of United States ports and waterways are matters of major national importance;
(b)that increased vessel traffic in the Nation’s ports and waterways creates substantial hazard to life, property, and the marine environment;
(c)that increased supervision of vessel and port operations is necessary in order to—
(1)reduce the possibility of vessel or cargo loss, or damage to life, property, or the marine environment;
(2)prevent damage to structures in, on, or immediately adjacent to the navigable waters of the United States or the resources within such waters;
(3)insure that vessels operating in the navigable waters of the United States shall comply with all applicable standards and requirements for vessel construction, equipment, manning, and operational procedures; and
(4)insure that the handling of dangerous articles and substances on the structures in, on, or immediately adjacent to the navigable waters of the United States is conducted in accordance with established standards and requirements; and
(d)that advance planning is critical in determining proper and adequate protective measures for the Nation’s ports and waterways and the marine environment, with continuing consultation with other Federal agencies, State representatives, affected users, and the general public, in the development and implementation of such measures.
2002—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107–295substituted “safety, protection of the marine environment, and safety and security of United States ports and waterways” for “safety and protection of the marine environment”.
1978—Pub. L. 95–474substituted provision relating to Congressional declaration of findings for provision relating to the authority of the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to prevent damage to vessels, bridges, and other structures and to protect navigable waters from environmental harm.
Short Title of 1986 Amendment
Pub. L. 99–399, title IX, § 901,Aug. 27, 1986, 100 Stat. 889, provided that: “This title [enacting section
1226 of this title and sections 1801 to 1809 of the former Appendix to Title 46, Shipping] may be cited as the ‘International Maritime and Port Security Act’.”
Short Title of 1978 Amendment
Section 1 ofPub. L. 95–474provided: “That this Act [enacting sections
1232 of this title, amending this section, sections
1227 of this title, and sections
391a of Title
46, Shipping, and enacting provisions set out as notes under this section and section
1224 of this title and section 391a of former Title 46] may be cited as the ‘Port and Tanker Safety Act of 1978’.”
Section 6(a) ofPub. L. 95–474provided that: “Regulations previously issued under statutory provisions which are amended by section 2 of this Act [amending this section and sections
1227, of this title] shall continue in effect as though issued under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act of 1972, as amended by this Act [this chapter], until expressly abrogated, modified, or amended by the Secretary. Any proceeding under title I of Public Law 92–340 [which enacted this section and sections
1227 of this title] for a violation which occurred before the effective date of this Act [Oct. 17, 1978] may be initiated or continued to conclusion as though such public law had not been amended by this Act [amendment by section 2 ofPub. L. 95–474].”
Section 6(c) ofPub. L. 95–474provided that: “If a provision of this Act [see Short Title of 1978 Amendment note above] or the application of such provision to any person or circumstances shall be held invalid, the remainder of the Act and the application of such provision to persons or circumstances other than those to which it is held invalid shall not be affected thereby.”
Establishment of Vessel Traffic Control System for Prince William Sound and Valdez, Alaska
Pub. L. 93–153, title IV, § 402,Nov. 16, 1973, 87 Stat. 589, provided that: “The Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating is hereby directed to establish a vessel traffic control system for Prince William Sound and Valdez, Alaska, pursuant to authority contained in title I of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act of 1972 (86 Stat. 424, Public Law 92–340) [this chapter, prior to the amendment by Pub. L. 95–474, Oct. 17, 1978, 92 Stat. 1471].”
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