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Text of the Maritime Administration Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001

This bill was introduced on April 12, 2000, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 12, 2000 (Introduced).

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HR 4247 IH

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4247

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 12, 2000

Mr. BATEMAN (for himself and Mr. UNDERWOOD) (both by request) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


A BILL

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Maritime Administration Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001’.

SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001.

    Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated, as appropriations Acts may provide, for the use of the Department of Transportation for the Maritime Administration as follows:

      (1) For expenses necessary for operations and training activities, not to exceed $80,240,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001.

      (2) For the costs, as defined in section 502 of the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, of guaranteed loans authorized by title XI of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 (46 App. U.S.C. 1271 et seq.), $2,000,000, to be available until expended. In addition, for administrative expenses related to loan guarantee commitments under title XI of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 (46 App. U.S.C. 1271 et seq.), $4,179,000.

SEC. 3. AMENDMENTS TO TITLE IX OF THE MERCHANT MARINE ACT, 1936.

    (a) Title IX of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 (46 App. U.S.C. 101 et seq.) is amended by adding after section 902 the following:

‘SEC. 903. DOCUMENTATION OF CERTAIN DRY CARGO VESSELS.

    ‘The restrictions of section 901(b)(1) of this Act concerning a vessel built in a foreign country shall not apply to a drybulk or breakbulk vessel over 7,500 deadweight tons that has been delivered from a foreign shipyard or contracted for construction in a foreign shipyard within either 1 year of the date of enactment of this section, or, no later than the effective date of the OECD Shipbuilding Trade Agreement Act, whichever occurs earlier. A vessel timely contracted for or delivered pursuant to this section and documented under the laws of the United States shall be deemed to have been United States built for purposes of sections 901(b) and 901b of this Act: Provided, That (1) following delivery by a foreign shipyard, the vessel shall have any additional shipyard work necessary to receive a Coast Guard certificate of inspection performed in a United States shipyard; (2) the vessel is not documented in another country before being documented under the laws of the United States; (3) the vessel complies with the same inspection standards set forth for ocean common carriers in section 1137 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1996 (46 App. U.S.C. 1187 note); (4) actual delivery of a vessel contracted for construction takes place on or before the 3-year anniversary of the date of the contract to construct the vessel; and (5) the provisions of section 9(e) of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended on October 19, 1996, shall not apply to a vessel built pursuant to this section.’.

    (b) Section 901b(c)(2) of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 (46 U.S.C. App. 1241f(c)(2)) is amended by striking ‘1986.’ and inserting ‘1986, the 18-month period commencing April 1, 2000, and the 12-month period beginning on the first day of October in the year 2001 and each year thereafter.’.

SEC. 4. AMENDMENT RELATING TO DISPOSAL OF OBSOLETE VESSELS FROM THE NATIONAL DEFENSE RESERVE FLEET.

    Section 6(c)(1)(A) of the National Maritime Heritage Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-451; 108 Stat. 4776; 16 U.S.C. 5405) is amended by striking out ‘2001’ and inserting in lieu thereof ‘2006’.