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TABLE OF CONTENTS
SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS AND TABLES
Chapter 1. General Provisions_.
Chapter 2. Documentation of Vessels
Chapter 3. Vessel Mortgages___
Chapter 5. Coastwise Trade and Related Activities..
Chapter 6. Vessels Engaged in the Fisheries_ _ _
Chapter 7. Vessels Carrying Steerage Passengers-.
Chapter 9. Arrival, Entry, and Clearance of Vessels -
Chapter 10. Tonnage Taxes, Discriminating Taxes and Duties, and Recip-
Table I. Showing disposition of sections of the Revised Statutes and
Statutes at Large considered in preparation of the Navigation Act of
Table II. Showing disposition of sections of the United States Code, 1964
edition, considered in preparation of the Navigation Act of 1967-
Table III. Showing derivation of the sections comprising the Navigation
Section 102. Superintendence of commercial marine and merchant seamen
Section 105. Waiver authority..
Section 106. Specific duties of Secretary--
Section 107. Remission or mitigation of fines, penalties, and forfeitures;
Section 108. Refund of penalties or charges under laws relating to vessels
CHAPTER 2. DOCUMENTATION OF VESSELS
Section 201. "Vessels of the United States" and officers defined, officers
Section 202. Licenses to and ownership of certain vessels by certain Indians
Section 203. "Home port" of vessel of United States: Place of documen-
Section 204. "Port of documentation" defined_
Section 205. Vessels entitled to registry-
Section 206. Suspension of provisions for inspection and measurement of
foreign-built vessels admitted to registry –
Section 207. Provisional certificates of registry to vessels abroad.
Section 208. Oath of owner as requisite to registry.
Section 209. Forfeiture for false swearing by owner or agent_.
Section 210. Master's oath of citizenship--
Section 211. Surrender of certificate of registry on vessel's loss or purchase
Section 212. Builder's certificate as requisite to registry-
Section 213. Form of certificate of registry-
Section 215. Registry on purchase of vessel_
Section 216. Registry by agent.
Section 217. Surrender of certificate of registry granted to purchaser or
Section 218. Documentation of vessels sold or transferred outside the
Section 219. Oath on loss of certificate of registry: Grant of new certificate_
Section 220. Surrender of certificate of registry obtained on loss of original.
Section 221. Failure to report sale alien of registered vessel. -
Section 222. New registry on sale or alteration of vessel
Section 223. Penalty for failure to obtain new registry, if required, or to
Section 224. Cancellation of invalid certificate of registry.
Section 225. Endorsement of change of master on certificate of registry-
Section 226. Oath as requisite to obtain record of vessel owned by alien__
Section 228. Endorsement of change of master or name of vessel on certifi-
cate of record__
Section 229. Vessels entitled to enrollment_
Section 230. Form of enrollment_
Section 232. Consolidation of forms: Enrollment and license..
Section 233. Enrollment and license for vessels on northern, northeastern,
Section 234. Restriction on use of licensed vessel; oath not to defraud
revenue; oath as to citizenship-
Section 235. Exchange of documents_
Section 236. Same: When vessel is in a district other than that compre-
Section 237. Expiration of license_-
Section 238. Same: Renewal by endorsement; surrender_
Section 239. Same: Exemption from penalty; loss of license..
Section 240. Return and cancellation of license; issuance of new license___
Section 241. Renewal when vessel in district other than that comprehend-
Section 242. Change of master of enrolled and licensed or licensed vessel
to be reported; endorsement of change on document; alternate masters__
Section 243. Enrolled and licensed or licensed vessel unlawfully proceeding
Section 244. Certificate for vessel proceeding on foreign voyage from port
in district other than district in which documented..
Section 245. Registered vessels in domestic trade___
Section 246. Penalty for violation of license___
Section 247. Penalty for trading or carrying on the fishery without
Section 248. Merchandise exempt for forfeiture in certain circumstances__
Section 249. Notice of seizure of vessel or merchandise: Name and address
of owners or consignees to be given
Section 250. Prosecution and recovery of penalties and forfeitures and
discretionary destruction of forfeited vessels...
Section 251. Wrecked vessels may be registered or enrolled in certain
Section 252. Vessels purchased, chartered, or leased from the Secretary of
Section 253. Documentation to be denied vessels not complying with
Section 254. Vessels exempt from documentation__
Section 255. Documentation of vessels owned by corporations; documenta-
Section 257. Documentation anew on sale under legal process-
Section 258. Blank documents to be furnished by Secretary; how issued__
Section 259. Documents to be numbered and recorded by issuing officer or
Section 260. Inspection of documents..
Section 261. Documented vessels to be numbered; penalty for not having
Section 262. Name and port of vessel of the United States to be marked;
Section 263. Registration of private signals, house flags, and funnel marks_
Section 264. Vessel documented anew to be documented by former name_
Section 265. Change of name of documented vessel prohibited; penalty---
Section 266. Change of name of vessels; evidence; publication of order
Section 267. Penalty for fraudulent documentation__
Section 268. Documents certifying title: To what vessels issued.
Section 269. Penalty for misconduct by officers or employees__
Section 270. Penalty for neglect by officers or employees.
Section 271. Penalty for making or using forged or false papers....
Section 272. Penalty for obstructing officers or employees--
Section 273. Removal of master by owner_.
Section 302. Record at home port of bill of sale, conveyance, mortgage,
assignment of mortgage, or hypothecation of vessel of the United States.
Section 303. Instruments and acts prior to February 16, 1925, validated__
Section 304. Record of sale or other disposition of vessels; declaration as
Section 305. Documentation continues until document surrendered with
approval of Secretary of Commerce..
Section 306. Preferred mortgages..
Section 308. Prior and subsequent maritime liens on mortgaged vessel..
Section 309. Record of notice of claim of lien on mortgaged vessel, dis-
Section 310. Conditions requisite to record..
Section 311. Inspection of and copies from records..
Section 312. Unlawful acts by mortgagor; penalty; liability of mortgagor
for failure to comply with law; liability of officers or employees for failure
Section 313. Mortgages existing on June 5, 1920, not affected..
Section 401. Measurement of vessels_
Section 402. Vessels not required to be measured_
Section 403. Measurement for record; certificate_.
Section 405. Cabins or staterooms in certain locations excluded_
Section 406. Tonnage determination; marking net tonnage; penalty-
Section 407. Optional method: Definitions.
Section 408. Optional method: Spaces omitted from gross tonnage.
Section 409. Optional method: Tonnage mark__
Section 410. Optional method: Recital of tonnages_
Section 411. Optional method: Marking line of uppermost complete deck
on vessel with no required or assigned statutory load line-
Section 412. Optional method: Penalties_.
CHAPTER 5. COASTWISE TRADE AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
Section 501. Vessels employed in the coasting trade: Entitlements to
Section 502. Loss of coastwise privileges by sale foreign or foreign registry... –
Section 503. Loss of coastwise privileges by rebuilding abroad; reports
of rebuilding abroad required; penalty for failure to report__
Section 504. Transportation of passengers coastwise by foreign vessels
Section 505. Transportation of passengers in Canadian vessels between
Rochester and Alexandria Bay allowed conditionally under permit__
Section 506. Transportation of merchandise between U.S. points in other
than domestic-built, citizen-owned, documented vessels prohibited;
Section 507. Same: Transportation over certain through routes excepted__
Section 508. Same: Transportation on Yukon River excepted...
Section 509. Same: Transportation on certain Great Lakes car ferries
Section 510. Same: Transportation of certain empty cargo vans, lift vans,
Section 511. Transportation of merchandise between U.S. points via
foreign ports in foreign vessels with intent to evade coastwise laws
Section 512. Transportation of passengers and merchandise in Canadian
vessels between southeastern Alaska and other U.S. points permitted
Section 513. Corporation as citizen; transportation of merchandise or pas-
sengers between U.S. points; parent and subsidiary corporations; docu-
mentation; certificate; surrender of document on change of status. -
Section 514. Foreign-built vessels excluded from coastwise trade..
Section 515. Same: Exception for vessels registered or owned in United
Section 516. Same: Exception for vessels purchased, chartered, or leased
Section 517. Coastwise laws extended to island territories and possessions;
Section 518. Coastwise laws extended to artificial islands and fixed struc-
Section 519. Application of coastwise laws to foreign trade zones.
Section 520. Coastwise towing by foreign vessels prohibited in certain
circumstances; fines and penalties---
Section 521. Same: Exception for foreign railroad companies using ferries,
Section 522. Use of foreign-built dredges in United States prohibited;
Section 523. Salvage operations by foreign vessels in U.S. waters pro-
Section 524. Canadian vessels aiding vessels wrecked, disabled, or in dis-
Section 525. Property wrecked on Florida coast-
Section 526. Licenses for wrecking on Florida coast__
CHAPTER 6. VESSELS ENGAGED IN THE FISHERIES
Section 601. Vessels employed in the fisheries: Entitlement to privileges..
Section 602. Coasting and fisheries vessels; vessels operating on the Great
Section 603. Landing of fish by foreign-flag vessels prohibited in certain
Section 604. Fishing in territorial waters and taking of Continental Shelf
Section 605. Same: Penalties for violation....
Section 609. Papers for vessels in the whale fishery..
Section 610. Permit to touch and trade at foreign port..
Section 611. Penalty for touching and trading at foreign port without per-
Section 612. Fishing vessels: Transfer and transportation of catch of other
Section 613. Retaliation on denial of rights to U.S. vessels in British North
CHAPTER 7. VESSELS CARRYING STEERAGE PASSENGERS
Section 701. Vessels carrying steerage passengers from foreign ports:
Accommodations for steerage passengers--
Section 702. Same: Berths for passengers_.
Section 703. Same: Light, air, and accommodations for passengers_
Section 705. Same: Hospitals, surgeon, and medicine_-
Section 706. Same: Discipline and cleanliness; exercise space for pas-
Section 707. Same: Transportation of animals_
Section 708. Same: Visiting parts of vessels occupied by passengers-
Section 709. Same: Boarding vessel on arrival; passenger lists--
Section 711. Same: Inspection and examination of vessels; reports___.
Section 713. Fines and penalties as liens on vessel; recovery-
Section 801. Yachts: Documentation; exemption from entry and clear-
ance; restrictions; penalties..
Section 802. Reciprocal exemption of foreign yachts from charges and ton-
nage taxes; cruising licenses..
Section 803. Yacht commissions..