46 U.S. Code § 10310 - Discharge

A master shall deliver to a seaman a full and true account of the seaman’s wages and all deductions at least 48 hours before paying off or discharging the seaman.


(Pub. L. 98–89, Aug. 26, 1983, 97 Stat. 564; Pub. L. 103–206, title IV, § 408,Dec. 20, 1993, 107 Stat. 2436.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised section Source section (U.S. Code)
10310 46:641

Section 10310 requires the master of a vessel to give each seaman a full account of the seaman’s wages 48 hours before discharge. The penalty for violation is $50.

1993—Pub. L. 103–206struck out “or a shipping commissioner” after “to a seaman” and struck out at end “A master failing to deliver the account is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of $50.”

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