46 U.S. Code Part B - Inspection and Regulation of Vessels
- CHAPTER 31 - GENERAL (§§ 3101 to 3104)
- CHAPTER 32 - MANAGEMENT OF VESSELS (§§ 3201 to 3205)
- CHAPTER 33 - INSPECTION GENERALLY (§§ 3301 to 3318)
- CHAPTER 35 - CARRIAGE OF PASSENGERS (§§ 3501 to 3508)
- CHAPTER 37 - CARRIAGE OF LIQUID BULK DANGEROUS CARGOES (§§ 3701 to 3719)
- CHAPTER 39 - REPEALED] (§ 3901)
- CHAPTER 41 - UNINSPECTED VESSELS GENERALLY (§§ 4101 to 4106)
- CHAPTER 43 - RECREATIONAL VESSELS (§§ 4301 to 4311)
- CHAPTER 45 - UNINSPECTED COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY VESSELS (§§ 4501 to 4508)
- CHAPTER 47 - ABANDONMENT OF BARGES (§§ 4701 to 4705)
Part B provides authority and responsibility for the inspection and regulation of vessels by the Coast Guard. This part specifies those vessels subject to inspection, those that are specifically exempt from inspection, and related inspection requirements and procedures. Due to the need for special requirements for the inspection and regulation of passenger vessels and those vessels carrying liquid bulk dangerous cargoes separate chapters have been developed. Additional chapters provide for recreational vessels and those other vessels that are regulated but are not subject to inspection and certification by the Coast Guard. It should also be noted that the United States is signatory to a number of international treaties on maritime safety and seamen’s welfare, such as the various Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) treaties, and that their provisions and requirements are part of United States maritime law and in many cases are quite extensive.
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