46 U.S. Code § 8701 - Merchant mariners’ documents required
Historical and Revision Notes
Source section (U.S. Code)
Section 8701 requires an individual to have a merchant mariner’s document before that individual can be engaged or employed on certain vessels.
Subsection (a) makes this documentation requirement applicable to United States merchant vessels of at least 100 gross tons except for certain inland vessels and barges, fishing or whaling vessels, yachts, and, in certain circumstances, to sailing school vessels or oceanographic research vessels.
Subsection (b) prohibits the engagement or employment of an individual required to have a document prescribed under section 7302 if the individual does not have one. Except for licensed or registered individuals, the document must specify the capacity in which the individual is engaged or employed.
Subsection (c) requires an individual to exhibit the required document to the master, if not otherwise required to do so in some other manner before that individual may be employed.
Subsection (d) prescribes the penalty for violation of this section.
2002—Subsec. (a)(9), (10). Pub. L. 107–295 added par. (9) and redesignated former par. (9) as (10).
1996—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–324, § 731(1), inserted “as measured under section 14502 of this title, or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of this title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of this title” after “100 gross tons” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (a)(6). Pub. L. 104–324, § 731(2), inserted “as measured under section 14502 of this title, or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of this title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of this title” after “1,600 gross tons”.
Subsec. (a)(9). Pub. L. 104–324, § 1104(e), added par. (9).
1986—Subsec. (a)(8). Pub. L. 99–640 added par. (8).
1984—Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 98–364, § 402(12)(A)(i), substituted “fishing, fish tender, or whaling” for “fishing or whaling”.
Subsec. (a)(6), (7). Pub. L. 98–364, § 402(12)(A)(ii)– (iv), added pars. (6) and (7).