46 U.S. Code § 4702 - Abandonment of barge prohibited
Abandonment of barge prohibitedAn owner or operator of a barge may not abandon it on the navigable waters of the United States. A barge is deemed not to be abandoned if—
it is located at a Federally- or State-approved mooring area;
the owner or operator notifies the Secretary that the barge is not abandoned and the location of the barge.
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