46 U.S. Code § 50307 - Maritime environmental and technical assistance program
Maritime environmental and technical assistance program
The Secretary of Transportation may engage in the environmental study, research, development, assessment, and deployment of emerging marine technologies and practices related to the marine transportation system through the use of public vessels under the control of the Maritime Administration or private vessels under United States registry, and through partnerships and cooperative efforts with academic, public, private, and nongovernmental entities and facilities.
(b)Components.—Under this section, the Secretary of Transportation may—
(1) identify, study, evaluate, test, demonstrate, or improve emerging marine technologies and practices that are likely to achieve environmental improvements by—
increasing fuel economy or the use of alternative fuels and alternative energy (including the use of shore power); or
(c)Coordination.—Coordination under subsection (b)(2) may include—
activities that are associated with the development or approval of validation and testing regimes; and
The Secretary of Transportation may accept gifts, or enter into cooperative agreements, contracts, or other agreements with academic, public, private, and nongovernmental entities and facilities to carry out the activities authorized under subsection (a).