H.R. 12603 (95th): A bill to amend the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960 in order to relieve the restrictive ...

...qualification standards for U.S. registered pilots on the Great Lakes.

95th Congress, 1977–1978. Text as of Oct 13, 1978 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

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92 STAT. 1228                            PUBLIC LAW 95-455—OCT. 13, 1978

                     Public Law 95-455
                     95th Congress
                                                        An Act
 Oct. 13, 1978       To amend the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960 in order to relieve the restrictive
 [ITR. 12603]         qualification standards for United States registered pilots on the Great Lakes.

                        Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the
Great Lakes           United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Great
Pilotage Act of       Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960 (74 Stat. 259; 46 U.S.C. 216) is hereby
1960,                amended as follows:
amendment.
Definitions.                   (1) by deleting section 2(b) and inserting in lieu thereof the
                           following:                                                      ^
                        "(b) 'Secretary' means the Secretary of Transportation.";
                               (2) by deleting section 2(c) and inserting in lieu thereof the
                           following:
                        "(c) 'United States registered pilot' means a person, other than a
                     member of the regular complement of a vessel, who holds a license
                     authorizing navigation on the Great Lakes and suitably endorsed for
                     pilotage on routes specified therein, issued under the authority of the
                     provisions of title 52 of the Revised Statutes, and who is registered by
                     the Secretary under the provisions of section 4 of this Act.";
                               (3) by deleting in section 2(d) the words "a master's cer-
                           tificate or equivalent" and inserting in lieu thereof "an
                       '; appropriate";
                     1-,'ji (4) by deleting in section 2(e) the words "head of the Depart-
                           ment in which the Coast Guard is operating under regulations
                           issued by him", and inserting in lieu thereof the word
                           "Secretary";
Registration of                (5) by deleting section 4(a) and inserting in lieu thereof the
United States              following:
pilots.                 "SEC. 4, (a) The registration of United States pilots shall be car-
46 use 21^b.         ried out by the Secretary under such regulations as to qualifications,
                     terms, and conditions which will assure adequate and efficient pilotage
                     service, provide for equitable participation of United States registered
                     pilots with Canadian registered pilots in the pilotage of vessels to
                     which this Act applies, and provide fair and reasonable opportunity
                     for registration. Each applicant must, as a prerequisite,, be the holder
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                     of a license, as a master, mate, or pilot, issued under the authority of
                     the provisions of title 52 of the Revised Statutes, and have acquired
                     at least twenty-four months licensed service or comparable experience
                     on vessels or integrated tugs and tows, of four thousand gross tons or
                     over, operating on the (jreat Lakes or oceans. Those applicants qual-
                     ifying with ocean service must have obtained at least six months of
                     licensed service or comparable experience on the Great Lakes. The
                     Secretary may require such experience and training, in addition to
                     the minimum required by this subsection, as he considers necessary.
                     In addition, each applicant shall agree that, if appointed as a United
                     States registered pilot, he will be available for service when required
                     and shall comply with this Act and all applicable regulations issued
                     by the Secretary pursuant to this Act.".
46 u s e 216e.                 (6) by deleting in section 7(a) the words "for each violation
                     , , for which sum the vessel shall be liable and may be seized and
                           proceeded against by way of libel in any district court of the

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PUBLIC LAW 95-455—OCT. 13, 1978 92 STAT. 122S> United States having jurisdiction thereof." in the first sentence, and inserting in lieu thereof "for each violation."; (7) by deleting in section 7(a) the last sentence which reads 46 u s e 216e. "This subsection shall be enforced by the head of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating."; (8) by deleting in section 7 ( D ) the last sentence which reads "This subsection shall be enforced by the head of the Depart- ment in which the Coast Guard is operating."; i, (9) by deleting in section 7(c) the last sentence which reads v. "The provisions of this subsection shall be enforced by the Secre- |, tary, who may, upon application therefor, remit or mitigate the penalty provided for herein, upon such terms as he, in his dis- ,; cretion, shall think proper."; (10) by adding a new section 7(d) which reads: "(d) Any person who is found by the Secretary, after notice and an Violations. opportunity for a hearing, to have violated any part of the Act or a regulation issued hereunder shall be liable to the United States for the penalties as enumerated in this Act. The amount of such civil penalty Penalties. shall be assessed by the Secretary, or his designee, by written notice. In determining the amount of such penalty, the Secretary shall take into account the nature, circumstances, extent, and gravity of the prohibited acts committed and, with respect to the violator, the degree of culpability, any history of prior offenses, ability to pay, and such other matters as justice may require. The Secretary may compiomise, modify, or remit, with or without conditions, any civil penalty which . is subject to imposition or which has been imposed under this section. If any person fails to pay an assessment of a civil penalty after it has become final, the Secretary may refer the matter to the Attorney General of the United States, for collection in any appropriate district court of the United States."; (11) by adding a new section 7(e) which reads: " (e) Any vessel subject to the provisions of this Act, which is used in violation of this Act or any regulation issued hereunder, shall be liable in rem for any civil penalty assessed pursuant to this Act and may be proceeded against in the United States district court for any district in*which such vessel may be found."; (12) by deleting in section 8(a) the words 'Svith the concur- 46 USC 216f. rence of the head of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating, or his designee,". Approved October 13, 1978. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORT No. 95-1526 (Comm. on Merchant Marine and Fisheries). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 124 (1978): Sept. 25, considered and passed House. Sept. 28, considered and passed Senate.