(Pub. L. 98–89, Aug. 26, 1983, 97 Stat. 539; Pub. L. 98–557, § 29(a),Oct. 30, 1984, 98 Stat. 2873; Pub. L. 101–380, title IV, § 4101(a),Aug. 18, 1990, 104 Stat. 509; Pub. L. 104–324, title VII, § 720,Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3938.)
Historical and Revision Notes
| Revised section
|| Source section (U.S. Code)
provides the authority for the establishment of licenses and certificates of registry for officers and individuals operating vessels who are required to hold them under Subtitle II.
Subsection (b) authorizes the Secretary to issue licenses and certificates of registry based on tonnage, means of propulsion, horsepower, vessel operating area, and other reasonable standards.
Subsection (c) authorizes the Secretary to issue licenses to masters, mates, engineers, pilots, operators, and radio officers when found qualified as to age, character, habits of life, experience, professional qualifications, and physical fitness. These qualifying standards must by necessity be reasonable and related to the rigors of the profession.
Subsection (d) requires the Secretary to establish, when possible, suitable career patterns and service for and other qualifying requirements appropriate to the particular service or industry for the individuals so engaged.
Subsection (e) sets forth the requirements that pilots must meet before being issued a license.
Subsection (f) authorizes the Secretary to issue certificates of registry to qualified individuals as pursers, medical doctors, and professional nurses.
References in Text
Sections 205(a)(3)(A) or (B) and 206(b)(7) of the National Driver Register Act of 1982, referred to in subsec. (g), are sections 205(a)(3)(A), (B) and 206(b)(7) ofPub. L. 97–364
, which are set out as a note under section
1996—Subsec. (e)(3). Pub. L. 104–324
inserted “as measured under section
of this title, or an alternate tonnage measured under section
of this title as prescribed by the Secretary under section
of this title” after “1,600 gross tons”.
1990—Subsecs. (g) to (i). Pub. L. 101–380
added subsecs. (g) to (i).
1984—Subsec. (e)(3). Pub. L. 98–557
inserted exemption for pilots on a vessel of less than 1,600 gross tons.
Effective Date of 1990 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 101–380
applicable to incidents occurring after Aug. 18, 1990, see section 1020 ofPub. L. 101–380
, set out as an Effective Date note under section
, Navigation and Navigable Waters.
Plan for Licensing Operators of Fishing Industry Vessels
Pub. L. 100–424
, § 3,Sept. 9, 1988, 102 Stat. 1590
, provided that: “The Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall, within two years after the date of enactment of this Act [Sept. 9, 1988], and in close consultation with the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee established under section
, United States Code (as amended by this Act), prepare and submit to the Congress a plan for the licensing of operators of documented fishing, fish processing, and fish tender vessels. The plan shall take into consideration the nature and variety of the different United States fisheries and of the vessels engaged in those fisheries, the need to license all operators or only those working in certain types of fisheries or vessels, and other relevant factors.”