33 CFR § 27.3 - Penalty adjustment table.

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§ 27.3 Penalty adjustment table.

Table 1 identifies the statutes administered by the Coast Guard that authorize a civil monetary penalty. The “adjusted maximum penalty” is the maximum penalty authorized by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, as determined by the Coast Guard. The adjusted civil penalty amounts listed in Table 1 to this section are applicable for penalty assessments issued after June 17, 2020, with respect to violations occurring after November 2, 2015. The applicable civil penalty amounts for violations occurring on or before November 2, 2015, are set forth in previously published regulations amending this part.

Table 1 to § 27.3 - Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustments

U.S. code citation Civil monetary penalty description 2020 Adjusted maximum penalty amount ($)
14 U.S.C. 521(c) Saving Life and Property $10,839
14 U.S.C. 521(e) Saving Life and Property; Intentional Interference with Broadcast 1,112
14 U.S.C. 936(i) Confidentiality of Medical Quality Assurance Records (first offense) 5,444
14 U.S.C. 936(i) Confidentiality of Medical Quality Assurance Records (subsequent offenses) 36,297
19 U.S.C. 70 Obstruction of Revenue Officers by Masters of Vessels 8,116
19 U.S.C. 70 Obstruction of Revenue Officers by Masters of Vessels - Minimum Penalty 1,894
19 U.S.C. 1581(d) Failure to Stop Vessel When Directed; Master, Owner, Operator or Person in Charge 1 5,000
19 U.S.C. 1581(d) Failure to Stop Vessel When Directed; Master, Owner, Operator or Person in Charge - Minimum Penalty 1 1,000
33 U.S.C. 471 Anchorage Ground/Harbor Regulations General 11,767
33 U.S.C. 474 Anchorage Ground/Harbor Regulations St. Mary's River 812
33 U.S.C. 495(b) Bridges/Failure to Comply with Regulations 29,707
33 U.S.C. 499(c) Bridges/Drawbridges 29,707
33 U.S.C. 502(c) Bridges/Failure to Alter Bridge Obstructing Navigation 29,707
33 U.S.C. 533(b) Bridges/Maintenance and Operation 29,707
33 U.S.C. 1208(a) Bridge to Bridge Communication; Master, Person in Charge or Pilot 2,164
33 U.S.C. 1208(b) Bridge to Bridge Communication; Vessel 2,164
33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(B)(i) Oil/Hazardous Substances: Discharges (Class I per violation) 19,277
33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(B)(i) Oil/Hazardous Substances: Discharges (Class I total under paragraph) 48,192
33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(B)(ii) Oil/Hazardous Substances: Discharges (Class II per day of violation) 19,277
33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(B)(ii) Oil/Hazardous Substances: Discharges (Class II total under paragraph) 240,960
33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(7)(A) Oil/Hazardous Substances: Discharges (per day of violation) Judicial Assessment 48,192
33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(7)(A) Oil/Hazardous Substances: Discharges (per barrel of oil or unit discharged) Judicial Assessment 1,928
33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(7)(B) Oil/Hazardous Substances: Failure to Carry Out Removal/Comply With Order (Judicial Assessment) 48,192
33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(7)(C) Oil/Hazardous Substances: Failure to Comply with Regulation Issued Under 1321(j) (Judicial Assessment) 48,192
33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(7)(D) Oil/Hazardous Substances: Discharges, Gross Negligence (per barrel of oil or unit discharged) Judicial Assessment 5,783
33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(7)(D) Oil/Hazardous Substances: Discharges, Gross Negligence - Minimum Penalty (Judicial Assessment) 192,768
33 U.S.C. 1322(j) Marine Sanitation Devices; Operating 8,116
33 U.S.C. 1322(j) Marine Sanitation Devices; Sale or Manufacture 21,640
33 U.S.C. 1608(a) International Navigation Rules; Operator 15,173
33 U.S.C. 1608(b) International Navigation Rules; Vessel 15,173
33 U.S.C. 1908(b)(1) Pollution from Ships; General 75,867
33 U.S.C. 1908(b)(2) Pollution from Ships; False Statement 15,173
33 U.S.C. 2072(a) Inland Navigation Rules; Operator 15,173
33 U.S.C. 2072(b) Inland Navigation Rules; Vessel 15,173
33 U.S.C. 2609(a) Shore Protection; General 53,524
33 U.S.C. 2609(b) Shore Protection; Operating Without Permit 21,410
33 U.S.C. 2716a(a) Oil Pollution Liability and Compensation 48,192
33 U.S.C. 3852(a)(1)(A) Clean Hulls; Civil Enforcement 44,124
33 U.S.C. 3852(a)(1)(A) Clean Hulls; related to false statements 58,833
33 U.S.C. 3852(c) Clean Hulls; Recreational Vessels 5,883
42 U.S.C. 9609(a) Hazardous Substances, Releases, Liability, Compensation (Class I) 58,328
42 U.S.C. 9609(b) Hazardous Substances, Releases, Liability, Compensation (Class II) 58,328
42 U.S.C. 9609(b) Hazardous Substances, Releases, Liability, Compensation (Class II subsequent offense) 174,985
42 U.S.C. 9609(c) Hazardous Substances, Releases, Liability, Compensation (Judicial Assessment) 58,328
42 U.S.C. 9609(c) Hazardous Substances, Releases, Liability, Compensation (Judicial Assessment subsequent offense) 174,985
46 U.S.C. 80509(a) Safe Containers for International Cargo 6,376
46 U.S.C. 70305(c) Suspension of Passenger Service 63,761
46 U.S.C. 2110(e) Vessel Inspection or Examination Fees 9,639
46 U.S.C. 2115 Alcohol and Dangerous Drug Testing 7,846
46 U.S.C. 2302(a) Negligent Operations: Recreational Vessels 7,097
46 U.S.C. 2302(a) Negligent Operations: Other Vessels 35,486
46 U.S.C. 2302(c)(1) Operating a Vessel While Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Dangerous Drug 7,846
46 U.S.C. 2306(a)(4) Vessel Reporting Requirements: Owner, Charterer, Managing Operator, or Agent 12,219
46 U.S.C. 2306(b)(2) Vessel Reporting Requirements: Master 2,444
46 U.S.C. 3102(c)(1) Immersion Suits 12,219
46 U.S.C. 3302(i)(5) Inspection Permit 2,549
46 U.S.C. 3318(a) Vessel Inspection; General 12,219
46 U.S.C. 3318(g) Vessel Inspection; Nautical School Vessel 12,219
46 U.S.C. 3318(h) Vessel Inspection; Failure to Give Notice IAW 3304(b) 2,444
46 U.S.C. 3318(i) Vessel Inspection; Failure to Give Notice IAW 3309(c) 2,444
46 U.S.C. 3318(j)(1) Vessel Inspection; Vessel ≥1600 Gross Tons 24,441
46 U.S.C. 3318(j)(1) Vessel Inspection; Vessel <1600 Gross Tons 4,888
46 U.S.C. 3318(k) Vessel Inspection; Failure to Comply with 3311(b) 24,441
46 U.S.C. 3318(l) Vessel Inspection; Violation of 3318(b)-3318(f) 12,219
46 U.S.C. 3502(e) List/count of Passengers 254
46 U.S.C. 3504(c) Notification to Passengers 25,479
46 U.S.C. 3504(c) Notification to Passengers; Sale of Tickets 1,273
46 U.S.C. 3506 Copies of Laws on Passenger Vessels; Master 510
46 U.S.C. 3718(a)(1) Liquid Bulk/Dangerous Cargo 63,699
46 U.S.C. 4106 Uninspected Vessels 10,705
46 U.S.C. 4311(b)(1) Recreational Vessels (maximum for related series of violations) 337,016
46 U.S.C. 4311(b)(1) Recreational Vessels; Violation of 4307(a) 6,740
46 U.S.C. 4311(c) Recreational Vessels 2,549
46 U.S.C. 4507 Uninspected Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels 10,705
46 U.S.C. 4703 Abandonment of Barges 1,814
46 U.S.C. 5116(a) Load Lines 11,665
46 U.S.C. 5116(b) Load Lines; Violation of 5112(a) 23,331
46 U.S.C. 5116(c) Load Lines; Violation of 5112(b) 11,665
46 U.S.C. 6103(a) Reporting Marine Casualties 40,640
46 U.S.C. 6103(b) Reporting Marine Casualties; Violation of 6104 10,705
46 U.S.C. 8101(e) Manning of Inspected Vessels; Failure to Report Deficiency in Vessel Complement 1,928
46 U.S.C. 8101(f) Manning of Inspected Vessels 19,277
46 U.S.C. 8101(g) Manning of Inspected Vessels; Employing or Serving in Capacity not Licensed by USCG 19,277
46 U.S.C. 8101(h) Manning of Inspected Vessels; Freight Vessel <100 GT, Small Passenger Vessel, or Sailing School Vessel 2,549
46 U.S.C. 8102(a) Watchmen on Passenger Vessels 2,549
46 U.S.C. 8103(f) Citizenship Requirements 1,273
46 U.S.C. 8104(i) Watches on Vessels; Violation of 8104(a) or (b) 19,277
46 U.S.C. 8104(j) Watches on Vessels; Violation of 8104(c), (d), (e), or (h) 19,277
46 U.S.C. 8302(e) Staff Department on Vessels 254
46 U.S.C. 8304(d) Officer's Competency Certificates 254
46 U.S.C. 8502(e) Coastwise Pilotage; Owner, Charterer, Managing Operator, Agent, Master or Individual in Charge 19,277
46 U.S.C. 8502(f) Coastwise Pilotage; Individual 19,277
46 U.S.C. 8503 Federal Pilots 61,098
46 U.S.C. 8701(d) Merchant Mariners Documents 1,273
46 U.S.C. 8702(e) Crew Requirements 19,277
46 U.S.C. 8906 Small Vessel Manning 40,640
46 U.S.C. 9308(a) Pilotage: Great Lakes; Owner, Charterer, Managing Operator, Agent, Master or Individual in Charge 19,277
46 U.S.C. 9308(b) Pilotage: Great Lakes; Individual 19,277
46 U.S.C. 9308(c) Pilotage: Great Lakes; Violation of 9303 19,277
46 U.S.C. 10104(b) Failure to Report Sexual Offense 10,245
46 U.S.C. 10314(a)(2) Pay Advances to Seamen 1,273
46 U.S.C. 10314(b) Pay Advances to Seamen; Remuneration for Employment 1,273
46 U.S.C. 10315(c) Allotment to Seamen 1,273
46 U.S.C. 10321 Seamen Protection; General 8,831
46 U.S.C. 10505(a)(2) Coastwise Voyages: Advances 8,831
46 U.S.C. 10505(b) Coastwise Voyages: Advances; Remuneration for Employment 8,831
46 U.S.C. 10508(b) Coastwise Voyages: Seamen Protection; General 8,831
46 U.S.C. 10711 Effects of Deceased Seamen 510
46 U.S.C. 10902(a)(2) Complaints of Unfitness 1,273
46 U.S.C. 10903(d) Proceedings on Examination of Vessel 254
46 U.S.C. 10907(b) Permission to Make Complaint 1,273
46 U.S.C. 11101(f) Accommodations for Seamen 1,273
46 U.S.C. 11102(b) Medicine Chests on Vessels 1,273
46 U.S.C. 11104(b) Destitute Seamen 254
46 U.S.C. 11105(c) Wages on Discharge 1,273
46 U.S.C. 11303(a) Log Books; Master Failing to Maintain 510
46 U.S.C. 11303(b) Log Books; Master Failing to Make Entry 510
46 U.S.C. 11303(c) Log Books; Late Entry 382
46 U.S.C. 11506 Carrying of Sheath Knives 127
46 U.S.C. 12151(a)(1) Vessel Documentation 16,687
46 U.S.C. 12151(a)(2) Documentation of Vessels - Related to activities involving mobile offshore drilling units 27,813
46 U.S.C. 12151(c) Vessel Documentation; Fishery Endorsement 127,525
46 U.S.C. 12309(a) Numbering of Undocumented Vessels - Willful violation 12,740
46 U.S.C. 12309(b) Numbering of Undocumented Vessels 2,549
46 U.S.C. 12507(b) Vessel Identification System 21,410
46 U.S.C. 14701 Measurement of Vessels 46,664
46 U.S.C. 14702 Measurement; False Statements 46,664
46 U.S.C. 31309 Commercial Instruments and Maritime Liens 21,410
46 U.S.C. 31330(a)(2) Commercial Instruments and Maritime Liens; Mortgagor 21,410
46 U.S.C. 31330(b)(2) Commercial Instruments and Maritime Liens; Violation of 31329 53,524
46 U.S.C. 70036(a) Ports and Waterways Safety Regulations 95,881
46 U.S.C. 70041(d)(1)(B) Vessel Navigation: Regattas or Marine Parades; Unlicensed Person in Charge 9,639
46 U.S.C. 70041(d)(1)(C) Vessel Navigation: Regattas or Marine Parades; Owner Onboard Vessel 9,639
46 U.S.C. 70041(d)(1)(D) Vessel Navigation: Regattas or Marine Parades; Other Persons 4,819
46 U.S.C. 70119(a) Port Security 35,486
46 U.S.C. 70119(b) Port Security - Continuing Violations 63,761
46 U.S.C. 70506 Maritime Drug Law Enforcement; Penalties 5,883
49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1) Hazardous Materials: Related to Vessels - Maximum Penalty 83,439
49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(2) Hazardous Materials: Related to Vessels - Penalty from Fatalities, Serious Injuries/Illness or Substantial Damage to Property 194,691
49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(3) Hazardous Materials: Related to Vessels - Training 502

1 Enacted under the Tariff Act of 1930, exempt from inflation adjustments.

[82 FR 8581, Jan. 27, 2017, as amended at 83 FR 13836, Apr. 2, 2018; 84 FR 13510, Apr. 5, 2019; 85 FR 36480, June 17, 2020; USCG-2020-0304, 85 FR 58276, Sept. 18, 2020]