46 U.S. Code § 4704 - Removal of abandoned barges
Removal of abandoned barges
(1) The Secretary may remove a barge that is abandoned after complying with the following procedures:
(A) If the identity of the owner or operator can be determined, the Secretary shall notify the owner or operator by certified mail—
that if the barge is not removed it will be removed at the owner’s or operator’s expense; and
(B) If the identity of the owner or operator cannot be determined, the Secretary shall publish an announcement in—
an official journal of the county in which the barge is located
that if the barge is not removed it will be removed at the owner’s or operator’s expense.
(2) After solicitation under paragraph (1) the Secretary may award a contract. The contract—
must require the barge removal contractor to submit to the Secretary a plan for the removal.
Removal of an abandoned barge may begin thirty days after the Secretary completes the procedures under subsection (a)(1).