(a)The Secretary may require a pilot licensed under section
7101 of this title on a self-propelled vessel when a pilot is not required by State law and the vessel is—
(1)engaged in foreign commerce; and
(A)in internal waters of the United States; or
(B)within 3 nautical miles from the baselines from which the territorial sea of the United States is measured.
(b)A requirement prescribed under subsection (a) of this section is terminated when the State having jurisdiction over the area involved—
(1)establishes a requirement for a State licensed pilot; and
(2)notifies the Secretary of that fact.
(c)For the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the Secretary may not delegate the authority under this section to an agency except the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
(d)A person violating this section or a regulation prescribed under this section is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $25,000. Each day of a continuing violation is a separate violation. The vessel also is liable in rem for the penalty.
(e)A person that knowingly violates this section or a regulation prescribed under this section commits a class D felony.
1998—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 105–383added par. (2) and struck out former par. (2) which read as follows: “operating on the navigable waters of the United States.”
1990—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 101–380substituted “commits a class D felony” for “shall be fined not more than $50,000, imprisoned for not more than five years, or both”.
Effective Date of 1990 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 101–380applicable to incidents occurring after Aug. 18, 1990, see section 1020 ofPub. L. 101–380, set out as an Effective Date note under section
2701 of Title
33, Navigation and Navigable Waters.
Territorial Sea of United States
For extension of territorial sea of United States, see Proc. No. 5928, set out as a note under section
1331 of Title
43, Public Lands.
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