There is established a National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (in this section referred to as the “Committee”).
The Committee shall advise the Secretary on matters relating to personnel in the United States merchant marine, including the training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness of mariners.
(1) In general.—
The Committee shall consist of 19 members appointed by the Secretary in accordance with this section and section 15109 of this chapter.
Each member of the Committee shall have particular expertise, knowledge, and experience in matters relating to the function of the Committee.
(3) Representation.—Members of the Committee shall be appointed as follows:
(A) 9 members shall represent mariners and, of the 9—
(i) each shall—
(ii) 3 shall be deck officers who represent merchant marine deck officers and, of the 3—
(iii) 3 shall be engineering officers who represent merchant marine engineering officers and, of the 3—
(iv) 2 shall be unlicensed seamen who represent merchant marine unlicensed seaman and, of the 2—
(B) 6 members shall represent marine educators and, of the 6—
(i) 3 shall be marine educators who represent maritime academies and, of the 3—