46 U.S. Code § 3202 - Application

(a) Foreign Voyages and Foreign Vessels.— This chapter applies to a vessel that—
(1)
(A) is transporting more than 12 passengers described in section 2101 (21)(A) of this title; or
(B) is of at least 500 gross tons as measured under section 14302 of this title and is a tanker, freight vessel, bulk freight vessel, high speed freight vessel, or self-propelled mobile offshore drilling unit; and
(2)
(A) is engaged on a foreign voyage; or
(B) is a foreign vessel departing from a place under the jurisdiction of the United States on a voyage, any part of which is on the high seas.
(b) Other Passenger Vessels.— This chapter applies to a vessel that is—
(1) a passenger vessel or small passenger vessel; and
(2) is transporting more passengers than a number prescribed by the Secretary based on the number of individuals on the vessel that could be killed or injured in a marine casualty.
(c) Voluntary Application.— This chapter applies to a vessel not described in subsection (a) of this section if the owner of the vessel requests the Secretary to apply this chapter to the vessel.
(d) Exception.— Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, this chapter does not apply to—
(1) a barge;
(2) a recreational vessel not engaged in commercial service;
(3) a fishing vessel;
(4) a vessel operating on the Great Lakes or its tributary and connecting waters that is not described in subsection (b) of this section; or
(5) a public vessel.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 104–324, title VI, § 602(a),Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3928; amended Pub. L. 108–293, title IV, § 405(a),Aug. 9, 2004, 118 Stat. 1043; Pub. L. 111–281, title VI, § 610(a),Oct. 15, 2010, 124 Stat. 2969.)
Amendments

2010—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 111–281, § 610(a)(1), substituted “Foreign Voyages and Foreign Vessels.—” for “Mandatory Application.—” in heading.
Subsecs. (b) to (d). Pub. L. 111–281, § 610(a)(2)–(4), added subsec. (b), redesignated former subsecs. (b) and (c) as (c) and (d), respectively, and, in introductory provisions of subsec. (d), substituted “subsection (c)” for “subsection (b)”.
Subsec. (d)(4). Pub. L. 111–281, § 610(a)(5), inserted “that is not described in subsection (b) of this section” after “connecting waters”.
2004—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 108–293reenacted heading without change and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “This chapter applies to the following vessels engaged on a foreign voyage:
“(1) Beginning July 1, 1998—
“(A) a vessel transporting more than 12 passengers described in section 2101 (21)(A) of this title; and
“(B) a tanker, bulk freight vessel, or high-speed freight vessel, of at least 500 gross tons.
“(2) Beginning July 1, 2002, a freight vessel and a self-propelled mobile offshore drilling unit of at least 500 gross tons.”

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