§ 1121–1. Priority loading for vessels engaged in coastwise transportation of coal; exception, report to Congress

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, any vessel engaged in the coastwise transportation of coal produced in the United States, from a port in the United States to another port in the United States, shall have the priority to load at any such ports ahead of any waiting vessels engaged in the export trade of coal produced in the United States: Provided, That, the Secretary of Transportation may, if he determines that it is in the national interest, eliminate priority loading, as provided herein, at any such port or ports, and to report such action to the Congress within 30 days.