The Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall establish a Navigation Safety Advisory Council (hereinafter referred to as the “Council”), consisting of not more than 21 members. All members shall have expertise in Inland and International vessel navigation Rules of the Road, aids to maritime navigation, maritime law, vessel safety, port safety, or commercial diving safety. Upon appointment, all non-Federal members shall be designated as representative members to represent the viewpoints and interests of one of the following groups or organizations:
(A)Commercial vessel owners or operators.
(D)The recreational boating industry.
(E)State agencies responsible for vessel or port safety.
(F)The Maritime Law Association.
Additional persons may be appointed to panels of the Council to assist the Council in performance of its functions.
The Secretary, through the Coast Guard Commandant, shall not less often than once a year publish a notice in the Federal Register soliciting nominations for membership on the Council.
The Council shall advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary, through the Coast Guard Commandant, on matters relating to maritime collisions, rammings, groundings, Inland Rules of the Road, International Rules of the Road, navigation regulations and equipment, routing measures, marine information, diving safety, and aids to navigation systems. Any advice and recommendations made by the Council to the Secretary shall reflect the independent judgment of the Council on the matter concerned. The Council shall meet at the call of the Coast Guard Commandant, but in any event not less than twice during each calendar year. All proceedings of the Council shall be public, and a record of the proceedings shall be made available for public inspection.
(c) Executive secretary; staff; travel expenses and status of members
The Secretary shall furnish to the Council an executive secretary and such secretarial, clerical, and other services as are deemed necessary for the conduct of its business. Members of the Council, while away from their home or regular places of business, may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by section
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5. Payments under this section shall not render members of the Council officers or employees of the United States for any purpose.
(d) Termination of Council
Unless extended by subsequent Act of Congress, the Council shall terminate on September 30, 2020.
2010—Subsecs. (a), (b). Pub. L. 111–281, § 621(f)(1), added subsecs. (a) and (b) and struck out former subsecs. (a) and (b) which established, and defined the functions and purpose of, the Navigation Safety Advisory Council.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 111–281, § 621(f)(2), substituted “September 30, 2020” for “September 30, 2010”.
2004—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 108–293substituted “September 30, 2010” for “September 30, 2005”.
2002—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 107–295substituted “September 30, 2005” for “September 30, 2000”.
1996—Pub. L. 104–324, § 304(g), which directed the general amendment of the “section heading for section 5(d) of the Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980 (33 U.S.C. 2073)”, was executed by inserting section catchline, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
Par. (d). Pub. L. 104–324, § 304(a), substituted “September 30, 2000” for “September 30, 1995”.
1989—Par. (a). Pub. L. 101–225, § 105(a)(1)(A), substituted “Navigation Safety Advisory Council” for “Rules of the Road Advisory Council”.
Par. (b). Pub. L. 101–225, § 105(a)(1)(B), amended par. (b) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (b) read as follows: “The Council shall advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary on matters relating to any major proposals for changes to the Inland Rules. The Council may recommend changes to the Inland Rules and International Regulations to the Secretary. Any advice or recommendation made by the Council to the Secretary shall reflect the independent judgment of the Council on the matter concerned. The Council shall meet at the call of the Secretary, but in any event not less than once during each calendar year. All proceedings of the Council shall be public, and a record of the proceedings shall be made available for public inspection. The Council is authorized to make available to Congress any information, advice, and recommendations which the Council is authorized to give to the Secretary.”
Par. (d). Pub. L. 101–225, § 105(a)(1)(C), substituted “September 30, 1995” for “September 30, 1990”.
1984—Par. (c). Pub. L. 98–557, § 16(b)(2)(A), struck out provisions authorizing members who are not officers or employees of the United States to receive compensation at a rate not exceeding the daily equivalent of the current rate of basic pay for GS–18 of the General Schedule under section
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Par. (d). Pub. L. 98–557, § 16(b)(2)(B), substituted “on September 30, 1990” for “5 years from the date of enactment of this Act”.
1982—Par. (a). Pub. L. 97–322, § 118(c)(1), directed Secretary, not less often than once a year, to publish notice in Federal Register for solicitation of nominations for membership on Council.
Par. (b). Pub. L. 97–322, § 118(c)(2), authorized Council to make available to Congress any information, advice, and recommendations which Council is authorized to give to Secretary.
Par. (c). Pub. L. 97–322, § 118(c)(3), struck out “or while otherwise engaged in the business of the Council” after “meetings of the Council”, and “, including traveltime” after “section
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References in Other Laws
Section 105(a)(2) ofPub. L. 101–225provided that: “Each reference to the Rules of the Road Advisory Council in a law, regulation, order, document, record, or paper of the United States is deemed to be a reference to the Navigation Safety Advisory Council.”
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