[USC02] 46 USC 12131: Command of documented vessels
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46 USC 12131: Command of documented vessels Text contains those laws in effect on February 24, 2021
From Title 46-SHIPPINGSubtitle II-Vessels and SeamenPart H-Identification of VesselsCHAPTER 121-DOCUMENTATION OF VESSELSSUBCHAPTER III-MISCELLANEOUS

§12131. Command of documented vessels

(a) In General.-Except as provided in subsection (b), a documented vessel may be placed under the command only of a citizen of the United States.

(b) Exceptions.-Subsection (a) does not apply to-

(1) a vessel with only a recreational endorsement; or

(2) an unmanned barge operating outside of the territorial waters of the United States.

( Pub. L. 109–304, §5, Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1505 ; Pub. L. 110–181, div. C, title XXXV, §3529(a)(3), Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 603 .)

Historical and Revision Notes


Source (U.S. Code)Source (Statutes at Large)
12131 46:12110(d).

Editorial Notes


2008-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–181 substituted "command" for "commmand".