46 CFR 283.1 - Purpose.
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(a) The rules of this part establish requirements for the declaration and payment of cash dividends by operators receiving operating-differential subsidy (ODS) under Title VI of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended (46 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.) (Act). This part shall be applicable immediately unless otherwise provided for in the operators' operating-differential subsidy agreement (ODSA).
(b) One of the purposes of the Act is to foster the development and encourage the maintenance of the United States Merchant Marine. Subsidized operators are required to maintain the financial ability to assure adequate and timely reinvestment in the merchant marine. The policy contained herein takes into consideration the operators' contractual obligations to construct and acquire vessels, retire debt obligations secured by ship mortgages and maintain adequate working capital. However, this policy also takes into consideration the operators' need to attract new capital to the industry by paying dividends which are appropriate in light of the operators' earnings and long-range financial position.
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