The Maritime Administration's role in vessel documentation.
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is a federal agency charged with promoting, developing,
and maintaining a viable U.S. Merchant Marine. Some of these duties will affect the implementation of Coast Guard vessel documentation
regarding certain commercial activities.
American Fisheries Act - U.S. citizen ownership and control requirements for U.S.-flag fishing industry vessels of 100 feet and greater in registered length.
Small Vessel Waiver - The Maritime Administration can now, in certain cases, issue a waiver of the build requirement on foreign vessels or vessels of unknown build to operate in the United States as commercial passenger vessels.
Foreign Transfer - The Maritime Administration provides the required approval for all U.S. Documented Vessels over 1,000 gross tons switching to foreign ownership and/or registry and flag
Additional information about vessel documentation regulations and requirements can be found on our Coast Guard Vessel Documentation page.
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