46 U.S. Code § 5105. Load line surveys

(a)
The Secretary may provide for annual, renewal, and other load line surveys.
(b) In conducting a load line survey, the Secretary shall consider whether—
(1) the hull and fittings of the vessel
(A)
are adequate to protect the vessel from the sea; and
(B)
meet other requirements the Secretary may prescribe by regulation;
(2)
the strength of the hull is adequate for all loading conditions;
(3)
the stability of the vessel is adequate for all loading conditions;
(4)
the topsides of the vessel are arranged and constructed to allow rapid overboard drainage of deck water in heavy weather; and
(5)
the topsides of the vessel are adequate in design, arrangement, and equipment to protect crewmembers performing outside tasks necessary for safe operation of the vessel.
(Pub. L. 99–509, title V, § 5101(2), Oct. 21, 1986, 100 Stat. 1916.)
Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section 5105

Section 5105 authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to provide for load line surveys and requires that while conducting a load line survey, the Secretary must consider various strength, stability, design, and construction features of the vessel.