2018 US Code
Title 46 - Shipping
Subtitle V - Merchant Marine
Part A - General
Chapter 501 - Policy, Studies, and Reports
Sec. 50102 - Survey of merchant marine

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Citation 46 U.S.C. § 50102 (2018)
Section Name §50102. Survey of merchant marine
Section Text

(a) In General.—The Secretary of Transportation shall survey the merchant marine of the United States to determine whether replacements and additions are required to carry out the objectives and policy of section 50101 of this title. The Secretary shall study, perfect, and adopt a long-range program for replacements and additions that will result, as soon as practicable, in—

(1) an adequate and well-balanced merchant fleet, including vessels of all types, that will provide shipping service essential for maintaining the flow of foreign commerce by vessels designed to be readily and quickly convertible into transport and supply vessels in a time of national emergency;

(2) ownership and operation of the fleet by citizens of the United States insofar as practicable;

(3) vessels designed to afford the best and most complete protection for passengers and crew against fire and all marine perils; and

(4) an efficient capacity for building and repairing vessels in the United States with an adequate number of skilled personnel to provide an adequate mobilization base.


(b) Cooperation With Secretary of Navy.—In carrying out subsection (a)(1), the Secretary of Transportation shall cooperate closely with the Secretary of the Navy as to national defense requirements.

Source Credit

(Pub. L. 109–304, §8(b), Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1557.)

Editorial Notes
Historical and Revision Notes
Revised SectionSource (U.S. Code)Source (Statutes at Large)
50102 46 App.:1120. June 29, 1936, ch. 858, title II, §210, 49 Stat. 1989; Pub. L. 91–469, §§3, 35(a), Oct. 21, 1970, 84 Stat. 1018, 1035; Pub.L. 97–31, §12(67) (related to §210), Aug. 6, 1981, 95 Stat. 159.
Publication Title United States Code, 2018 Edition, Title 46 - SHIPPING
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 46 - SHIPPING
Subtitle V - Merchant Marine
Part A - General
CHAPTER 501 - POLICY, STUDIES, AND REPORTS
Sec. 50102 - Survey of merchant marine
Contains section 50102
Date 2018
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 14, 2019
Positive Law Yes
Disposition standard
Statutes at Large References 49 Stat. 1989
84 Stat. 1018
95 Stat. 159
120 Stat. 1557
Public Law References Public Law 91-469, Public Law 97-31, Public Law 109-304
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