The Secretary of Transportation is authorized and empowered to sell to aliens, at such prices and on such terms and conditions as he may determine, not inconsistent with the provisions of section
5  (except that completion of the payment of the purchase price and interest shall not be deferred more than ten years after the making of the contract of sale), such vessels as he shall, after careful investigation, deem unnecessary to the promotion and maintenance of an efficient American merchant marine; but no such sale shall be made unless the Secretary of Transportation, after diligent effort, has been unable to sell, in accordance with the terms and conditions of section
5, such vessels to persons citizens of the United States, and has determined to make such sale; and he shall make as a part of his records a full statement of his reasons for making such sale. Deferred payments of purchase price of vessels under this section shall bear interest at the rate of not less than 51/2 per centum per annum, payable semiannually.
5, referred to in text, means section 5 of act June 5, 1920, which was classified to section 864 of former Title 46, Shipping, and was repealed by Pub. L. 100–710, title II, § 202(4),Nov. 23, 1988, 102 Stat. 4753.
1981—Pub. L. 97–31substituted “Secretary of Transportation” for “Commission” in two places, “he” for “it” in three places, and “his” for “its” in two places, and struck out “upon an affirmative vote of not less than five of its members, spread upon the minutes of the board,” before “determined to make such sale”. For prior transfers of functions, see Transfer of Functions note below.
Transfer of Functions
“Commission”, meaning United States Maritime Commission, substituted in text for “board”, meaning United States Shipping Board. For dissolution of Board and transfer of functions to United States Maritime Commission, see Ex. Ord. No. 6166 and act June 29, 1936. Ex. Ord. No. 6166 is set out as a note under section
901 of Title
5, Government Organization and Employees. For subsequent transfers of functions, see Reorg. Plan No. 6 of 1949, Reorg. Plan No. 21 of 1950, and Reorg. Plan No. 7 of 1961, set out under section
1111 of this Appendix.
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