46 U.S. Code § 51307 - Places of training

(a) In General.—The Secretary of Transportation may provide for the training of cadets at the United States Merchant Marine Academy
on vessels owned, subsidized by, or contracted with the United States Government;
on other documented vessels, with the permission of the owner;
in shipyards or plants and with industrial or educational organizations; and
on any other vessel considered by the Secretary to be necessary or appropriate or in the national interest.
(b) Maritime Security Program Vessels.—
The Secretary shall require an operator of a vessel participating in the Maritime Security Program under chapter 531 of this title to carry on each Maritime Security Program vessel 2 United States Merchant Marine Academy cadets, if available, on each voyage.
(c) Military Sealift Command Vessels.—
(1) In general.—Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Commander of the Military Sealift Command shall require an operator of a vessel in the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command to carry on each such vessel 2 United States Merchant Marine Academy cadets, if available, on each voyage, if the vessel—
is flagged in the United States; and
is rated at 10,000 gross tons or higher.
(2) Waiver.—
The Commander of the Military Sealift Command may waive the requirement under paragraph (1) at any time if the Commander determines that carrying a cadet from the United States Merchant Marine Academy would place an undue burden on the vessel or the operator of the vessel.
(d) Definition of Operator.—
In this section, the term “operator” includes a government operator and a non-government operator.
(e) Savings Clause.—Nothing in this section may be construed as affecting—
the discretion of the Secretary to determine whether to place a United States Merchant Marine Academy cadet on a vessel;
the authority of the Coast Guard regarding a vessel security plan approved under section 70103; or
the discretion of the master of the vessel to ensure the safety of all crew members.

Historical and Revision Notes



Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


46 App.:1295b(f).

June 29, 1936, ch. 858, title XIII, § 1303(f), as added Pub. L. 96–453, § 2, Oct. 15, 1980, 94 Stat. 2002.

In paragraph (2), the words “with the permission of the owner” are substituted for “if the owner . . . cooperates in such use” for clarity.

Editorial Notes

2018—Pub. L. 115–232, § 3512(1), (3), designated existing provisions as subsec. (a), inserted heading, and added subsecs. (b) to (e).

Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 115–232, § 3512(2), substituted “owned, subsidized by, or contracted with” for “owned or subsidized by”.

2008—Pub. L. 110–181, § 3525(b), repealed Pub. L. 109–241, § 307. See 2006 Amendment note below.

Par. (4). Pub. L. 110–181, § 3525(a)(3), incorporated the substance of the amendment by Pub. L. 109–241, § 307, into this section by adding par. (4). See 2006 Amendment note below and section 18(a) of Pub. L. 109–304, set out as a Legislative Purpose and Construction note preceding section 101 of this title.

2006—Pub. L. 109–241, § 307, which directed the amendment of section 1295b(f) of the former Appendix to this title from which this section was derived, was repealed by Pub. L. 110–181, § 3525(b). See 2008 Amendment note for par. (4) and Historical and Revision notes above.