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CIVILIAN NAUTICAL SCHOOLS
Civilian nautical school defined 46 U.S.C. 1331
As used in sections 1331-1334 of this title the term "civilian nautical school” means any school or branch thereof operated and conducted in the United States (except State nautical schools and schools operated by the United States or any agency thereof), which offers to persons quartered on board any vessel instruction for the primary purpose of training for service in the merchant marine. Examination and inspection; ratings 46 U.S.C. 1332
Every civilian nautical school shall be subject to examination and inspection by the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary may, under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe, provide for the rating and certification of such schools as to the adequacy of the course of instruction, the competency of the instructors, and the suitability of equipment used by or in connection with such schools. Inspection of vessels 46 U.S.C. 1333
(a) All laws covering the inspection of passenger vessels in effect on the date of enactment of this Act are hereby made applicable to all vessels or other floating equipment used by or in connection with any civilan nautical school, whether such vessels or other floating equipment are being navigated or not, to such extent and upon such conditions as may be required by regulations prescribed by the Commandant of the Coast Guard.
(b) The Commandant of the Coast Guard is authorized and directed to prescribe minimum standards for the size, ventilation, plumbing, and sanitation of quarters assigned to members of the crew, passengers, cadets, students, instructors, or any other persons at any time quartered on board any vessel used by or in connection with any civilian nautical school.
(c) No certificate of inspection shall be issued to any such vessel until and unless the Coast Guard has found such vessel to be in compliance with all the requirements of this section and the regulations issued thereunder. Such certificates shall be subject to revocation in the manner prescribed by section 435 of this title.
(d) On and after ninety days from June 12, 1940, it shall be unlawful for any vessel to which sections 1331-1334 of this title apply
to be used by or in connection with any civilian nautical school unless it is in possession of a valid, unexpired certificate of inspection, or a valid, unexpired temporary certificate of inspection.
(é) In case of the violation of this section or of any of the regulations issued thereunder by any vessel, or any owner or officer thereof, such vessel, owner, or officer shall be fined not more than $1,000, and such owner or officer may be imprisoned for not more than one year, or subjected to both fine and imprisonment. Should the owner of such vessel be a corporation, organization, or association, each officer or director participating in the violation shall be liable to the penalty hereinabove prescribed. Navy and Coast Guard vessels used by civilian nautical schools 46 U.S.C. 1334
The provisions of section 1333 of this title shall not apply to vessels of the Navy or the Coast Guard used by or in connection with civilian nautical schools. Reinspections and notice for repairs; enforcement of require
ments 46 U.S.C. 435 (R.S. 4453)
In addition to the annual or biennial inspection, the head of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall require the Coast Guard to examine, at proper times, inspected vessels arriving and departing to and from their respective ports, so often as to enable them to detect any neglect to comply with the requirements of law, and also any defects or imperfections becoming apparent after the inspection aforesaid, and tending to render the navigation of such vessels unsafe; and if there shall be discovered any omission to comply with the law, or that repairs have become necessary to make such vessel safe, the master shall at once be notified in writing as to what is required. All inspections and orders for repair shall be made promptly. When it can be done safely, repairs may be permitted to be made where those interested can most conveniently do them. And whenever it is ascertained that any vessel subject to the provisions of this title or Acts amendatory or supplementary thereto, has been or is being navigated or operated without complying with the terms of the vessel's certificate of inspection regarding the number and class of licensed officers and crew, or without complying with the provisions of law and her said certificate as to the number or kind of life-saving or firefighting apparatus, or without maintaining in good and efficient condition her lifeboats, fire pumps, fire hose, and life preservers, or that for any other reason said vessel cannot be operated with safety to life, the owner or master of said vessel shall be ordered to correct such unlawful conditions, and the vessel may be required to cease navigating at once and to submit to reinspection; and in case the said orders shall not at once be complied with, the vessel's certificate of inspection shall be revoked, and the owner, master, or agent of said vessel shall immediately be given notice, in writing, of such revocation; and no new certificate of inspection shall be again issued to her until the provisions of this title or Acts amendatory or supplementary thereto have been complied with. Any vessel subject to provisions of this title or Acts amendatory or supplementary thereto operating or navigating or attempting to operate or navigate after the revocation of her certificate of inspection and before the issuance of a new certificate, shall, upon application by a department or agency charged with the enforcement of such title or Acts, to any district court of the United States having jurisdiction, and by proper order or action of said court in the premises, be seized summarily by way of libel
and held without privilege of release by bail or bond until a proper certificate of inspection shall have been issued to said vessel: Provided, That the owner, master, or person in charge of any vessel whose certificate shall have been so revoked may within thirty days after receiving notice of such revocation appeal to the head of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating for a reexamination of the case, and upon such appeal the said head of the department shall have power to revise, modify, or set aside such action of revocation, and direct the issuance to such vessel of her original certificate or of a new certificate of inspection; and in case the said head of the department shall so direct the issuance of a certificate, all judicial process against said vessel based on this section shali thereupon be of no further force or effect, and the vessel shall thereupon be released. Penalty for failure to make repairs on notice 46 U.S.C. 436 (R.S. 4454)
If any master or owner of any inspected vessel shall refuse or neglect to comply with the requirements of the examining official, made in pursuance of section 435 of this title, and shall, contrary thereto and while the same remains unreversed, employ the vessel by navigating her, the master and owner shall be liable to a penalty of $500 for each offense, one-half for the use of the informer; for which sum the vessel itself shall be liable, and may be seized and proceeded against by libel in any district court having jurisdiction; and the master and owner, and the vessel itself, shall, in addition thereto, be liable for any damage to passengers and their baggage, which shall occur from any defects as stated in the notice prescribed by section 435 of this title.
MOTORBOAT ACT OF 1940
"Motorboat" defined; inspection 46 U.S.C. 526
The word "motorboat” where used in this Act shall include every vessel propelled by machinery and not more than sixty-five feet in length except tugboats and towboats propelled by steam. The length shall be measured from end to end over the deck excluding sheer: Provided, That the engine, boiler, or other operating machinery shall be subject to inspection by the Coast Guard, and to its approval of the design thereof, on all said motorboats, which are more than forty feet in length, and which are propelled by machinery driven by steam. Classification of motorboats 46 U.S.C. 526a
Motorboats subject to the provisions of this Act shall be divided into four classes as follows:
Class A. Less than sixteen feet in length.
Class 3. Forty feet or over and not more than sixty-five feet in length. Lights 46 U.S.C. 526b
Every motorboat in all weathers from sunset to sunrise shall carry and exhibit the following lights when under way, and during such time no other lights which may be mistaken for those prescribed shall be exhibited:
(a) Every motorboat of classes A and 1 shall carry the following lights: First. A bright white light aft to show all around the horizon.
Second. A combined lantern in the fore part of the vessel and lower than the white light aft, showing green to starboard and red to port, so fixed as to throw the light from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on their respective sides.
(b) Every motorboat of classes 2 and 3 shall carry the following lights:
First. A bright white light in the fore part of the vessel as near the stem as practicable, so constructed as to show an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of twenty points of the compass, so fixed as to throw the light ten points on each side of the vessel; namely, from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on either side.
Second. A bright white light aft to show all around the horizon and higher than the white light forward.
Third. On the starboard side a green light so constructed as to show an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of ten points of the compass, so fixed as to throw the light from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on the starboard side. On the port side a red light so constructed as to show an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of ten points of the compass, so fixed as to throw the light from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on the port side. The said side lights shall be fitted with inboard screens of sufficient height so set as to prevent these lights from being seen across the bow.
(c) Motorboats of classes A and 1 of section 526a of this title when propelled by sail alone shall carry the combined lantern, but not the white light aft, prescribed by this section. Motorboats of classes 2 and 3 of section 526a of this title when so propelled, shall carry the colored side lights, suitably screened, but not the white lights, prescribed by this section. Motorboats of all classes, when so propelled, shall carry, ready at hand, a lantern or flashlight showing a white light which shall be exhibited in sufficient time to avert collision.
(d) Every white light prescribed by this section shall be of such character as to be visible at a distance of at least two miles. Every colored light prescribed by this section shall be of such character as to be visible at a distance of at least one mile. The word "visible” in this Act, when applied to lights, shall mean visible on a dark night with clear atmosphere. Whistles or other sound-producing appliances 46 U.S.C. 526c
Every motorboat of class 1, 2, or 3, shall be provided with an efficient whistle or other sound-producing mechanical appliance. Bells 46 U.S.C. 526d
Every motorboat of class 2 or 3 shall be provided with an efficient bell. Life preservers, etc. 46 U.S.C. 526e
Every motorboat subject to any of the provisions of this Act and also all vessels propelled by machinery other than by steam more than sixty-five feet in length shall carry at least one life preserver, or life belt, or ring buoy, or other device of the sort prescribed by the regulations of the Commandant of the Coast Guard, for each person on board, so placed as to be readily accessible: Provided, That every such motorboat and every such vessel propelled by machinery other than by steam more than sixty-five feet in length carrying passengers for hire shall carry, so placed as to be readily accessible, at least one life preserver of the sort prescribed by the regulations of the Commandant of the Coast Guard, for each person on board. Motorboats and small craft carrying passengers for hire; oper
ators' licenses 46 U.S.C. 526f
No such motorboat, and no other vessel of fifteen gross tons or less propelled by machinery other than steam, while carrying passengers for hire, shall be operated or navigated except in charge of a person