2015 US Code
Title 33 - Navigation and Navigable Waters (Sections 1 - 4009)
Chapter 30 - International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (Sections 1601 - 1608)
Sec. 1605 - Navy and Coast Guard vessels of special construction or purpose

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Publication TitleUnited States Code, 2012 Edition, Supplement 3, Title 33 - NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERS
CategoryBills and Statutes
CollectionUnited States Code
SuDoc Class NumberY 1.2/5:
Sec. 1605 - Navy and Coast Guard vessels of special construction or purpose
Containssection 1605
Laws In Effect As Of DateJanuary 3, 2016
Positive LawNo
Source CreditPub. L. 95-75, §6, July 27, 1977, 91 Stat. 309; Pub. L. 96-591, §6(2), Dec. 24, 1980, 94 Stat. 3434.
Statutes at Large References91 Stat. 309
94 Stat. 3434
Public and Private LawsPublic Law 95-75, Public Law 96-591

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33 U.S.C. § 1605 (2015)
§1605. Navy and Coast Guard vessels of special construction or purpose(a) Certification for alternative compliance

Any requirement of the International Regulations with respect to the number, position, range, or arc of visibility of lights, with respect to shapes, or with respect to the disposition and characteristics of sound-signaling appliances, shall not be applicable to a vessel of special construction or purpose, whenever the Secretary of the Navy, for any vessel of the Navy, or the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating, for any other vessel of the United States, shall certify that the vessel cannot comply fully with that requirement without interfering with the special function of the vessel.

(b) Closest possible compliance by vessels covered by certification for alternative compliance

Whenever a certification is issued under the authority of subsection (a) of this section, the vessel involved shall comply with the requirement as to which the certification is made to the extent that the Secretary issuing the certification shall certify as the closest possible compliance by that vessel.

(c) Publication of certifications in Federal Register

Notice of the certifications issued pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be published in the Federal Register.

(d) Issuance of certification for a class of vessels

A certification authorized by this section may be issued for a class of vessels.

(Pub. L. 95–75, §6, July 27, 1977, 91 Stat. 309; Pub. L. 96–591, §6(2), Dec. 24, 1980, 94 Stat. 3434.)


1980—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 96–591 added subsec. (d).


For transfer of authorities, functions, personnel, and assets of the Coast Guard, including the authorities and functions of the Secretary of Transportation relating thereto, to the Department of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections 468(b), 551(d), 552(d), and 557 of Title 6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a note under section 542 of Title 6.

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