2021 US Code
Title 46 - Shipping
Subtitle VIII - Miscellaneous
Chapter 803 - Ice and Derelicts
Sec. 80302 - Patrol services

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Citation 46 U.S.C. § 80302 (2021)
Section Name §80302. Patrol services
Section Text

(a) General Requirements.—Unless the agreements made under section 80301 of this title provide otherwise, an ice patrol shall be maintained during the entire ice season in guarding the southeastern, southern, and southwestern limits of the region of icebergs in the vicinity of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The patrol shall inform trans-Atlantic and other passing vessels by radio and other available means of the ice conditions and the extent of the dangerous region. During the ice season, there shall be maintained a service of study of ice and current conditions, a service of providing assistance to vessels and crews requiring assistance, and a service of removing and destroying derelicts. Any of these services may be maintained during the remainder of the year as may be advisable.

(b) Warnings to Vessels.—The ice patrol shall warn any vessel known to be approaching a dangerous area and recommend safe routes.

(c) Recording and Reporting Incidents.—

(1) Recording.—The ice patrol shall record the name of a vessel and the facts of the case when the patrol observes or knows that the vessel—

(A) is on other than a regular recognized or advertised route crossing the North Atlantic Ocean;

(B) has crossed the fishing banks of Newfoundland north of latitude 43 degrees north during the fishing season; or

(C) has passed through regions known or believed to be endangered by ice when proceeding to and from ports of North America.

(2) Reporting.—The name of the vessel and all pertinent information about the incident shall be reported to the government of the country to which the vessel belongs if that government requests.

(d) Administration.—The Commandant, under the direction of the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating, shall carry out the services provided for in this section and shall assign necessary aircraft, material, and personnel of the Coast Guard. On request of such Secretary, the head of an agency may detail personnel, lend or contribute material or equipment, or otherwise assist in carrying out the services provided for in this section.

(e) Annual Report.—The Commandant shall publish an annual report of the activities of the services provided for in this section. A copy of the report shall be provided to each interested foreign government and to each agency assisting in the work.

Source Credit

(Pub. L. 109–304, §11, Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1692; Pub. L. 113–281, title III, §314(a)(2), Dec. 18, 2014, 128 Stat. 3049; Pub. L. 115–232, div. C, title XXXV, §3541(b)(16), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 2324.)

Editorial Notes
Historical and Revision Notes
Revised SectionSource (U.S. Code)Source (Statutes at Large)
80302 46 App.:738a. June 25, 1936, ch. 807, §2, 49 Stat. 1922; Pub. L. 89–670, §6(b)(1), Oct. 15, 1966, 80 Stat. 938.

In subsection (d), the words "Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating" are substituted for "Secretary of Transportation" because of the transfer of the Coast Guard to the Department of Homeland Security (except when operating as a service in the Navy) by section 888 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107–296, 116 Stat. 2249). See also sections 1 and 3 of title 14, as amended by section 1704(a) of such Act (116 Stat. 2314).


2018—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 115–232 struck out "of the Coast Guard" after "The Commandant".

2014—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 113–281, §314(a)(2)(A), substituted "The ice patrol" for "An ice patrol vessel".

Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 113–281, §314(a)(2)(B), substituted "The ice patrol" for "An ice patrol vessel" in introductory provisions.

Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 113–281, §314(a)(2)(C), substituted "aircraft" for "vessels".


Amendment by Pub. L. 113–281 effective Jan. 1, 2017, see section 314(c) of Pub. L. 113–281, set out as a note under section 80301 of this title.

Publication Title United States Code, 2018 Edition, Supplement 3, Title 46 - SHIPPING
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 46 - SHIPPING
Subtitle VIII - Miscellaneous
Sec. 80302 - Patrol services
Contains section 80302
Date 2021
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 3, 2022
Positive Law Yes
Disposition standard
Statutes at Large References 49 Stat. 1922
80 Stat. 938
116 Stat. 2249, 2314
120 Stat. 1692
128 Stat. 3049
132 Stat. 2324
Public Law References Public Law 89-670, Public Law 107-296, Public Law 109-304, Public Law 113-281, Public Law 115-232
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