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Referred in Senate (05/11/1995)

 
[Congressional Bills 104th Congress]
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[H.R. 1361 Referred in Senate (RFS)]

  1st Session
                                H. R. 1361


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                 May 11 (legislative day, May 1), 1995

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, 
                      Science, and Transportation

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                                 AN ACT


 
 To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1996 for the Coast Guard, 
                        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 ``Coast Guard Authorization Act For 
Fiscal Year 1996''.
SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title.
Sec. 2. Table of contents.
                        TITLE I--AUTHORIZATIONS

Sec. 101. Authorization of appropriations.
Sec. 102. Authorized levels of military strength and training.
Sec. 103. Quarterly reports on drug interdiction.
Sec. 104. Ensuring maritime safety after closure of small boat station 
                            or reduction to seasonal status.
               TITLE II--PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENT

Sec. 201. Hurricane Andrew relief.
Sec. 202. Exclude certain reserves from end-of-year strength.
Sec. 203. Provision of child development services.
Sec. 204. Access to national driver register information on certain 
                            Coast Guard personnel.
Sec. 205. Officer retention until retirement eligible.
     TITLE III--NAVIGATION SAFETY AND WATERWAY SERVICES MANAGEMENT

Sec. 301. Foreign passenger vessel user fees.
Sec. 302. Florida Avenue Bridge.
Sec. 303. Renewal of Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory 
                            Committee and Lower Mississippi River 
                            Waterway Advisory Committee.
Sec. 304. Renewal of the Navigation Safety Advisory Council.
Sec. 305. Renewal of Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory 
                            Committee.
Sec. 306. Nondisclosure of port security plans.
Sec. 307. Maritime drug and alcohol testing program civil penalty.
Sec. 308. Withholding vessel clearance for violation of certain Acts.
Sec. 309. Increased civil penalties.
Sec. 310. Amendment to require emergency position indicating radio 
                            beacons on the Great Lakes.
Sec. 311. Extension of Towing Safety Advisory Committee.
                        TITLE IV--MISCELLANEOUS

Sec. 401. Transfer of Coast Guard property in Traverse City, Michigan.
Sec. 402. Transfer of Coast Guard property in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Sec. 403. Electronic filing of commercial instruments.
Sec. 404. Board for correction of military records deadline.
Sec. 405. Judicial sale of certain documented vessels to aliens.
Sec. 406. Improved authority to sell recyclable material.
Sec. 407. Recruitment of women and minorities.
Sec. 408. Limitation of certain State authority over vessels.
Sec. 409. Vessel financing.
Sec. 410. Sense of Congress; requirement regarding notice.
Sec. 411. Special selection boards.
Sec. 412. Availability of extrajudicial remedies for default on 
                            preferred mortgage liens on vessels.
Sec. 413. Implementation of water pollution laws with respect to 
                            vegetable oil.
Sec. 414. Certain information from marine casualty investigations 
                            barred in legal proceedings.
Sec. 415. Report on LORAN-C requirements.
Sec. 416. Limited double hull exemptions.
Sec. 417. Oil spill response vessels.
Sec. 418. Offshore facility financial responsibility requirements.
Sec. 419. Manning and watch requirements on towing vessels on the Great 
                            Lakes.
Sec. 420. Limitation on application of certain laws to Lake Texoma.
Sec. 421. Limitation on consolidation or relocation of Houston and 
                            Galveston marine safety offices.
Sec. 422. Sense of the Congress regarding funding for Coast Guard.
Sec. 423. Conveyance of Light Station, Montauk Point, New York.
Sec. 424. Conveyance of Cape Ann Lighthouse, Thachers Island, 
                            Massachusetts.
Sec. 425. Amendments to Johnson Act.
Sec. 426. Transfer of Coast Guard property in Gosnold, Massachusetts.
Sec. 427. Transfer of Coast Guard property in New Shoreham, Rhode 
                            Island.
Sec. 428. Vessel deemed to be a recreational vessel.
Sec. 429. Requirement for procurement of buoy chain.
Sec. 430. Cruise vessel tort reform.
Sec. 431. Limitation on fees and charges with respect to ferries.
                 TITLE V--COAST GUARD REGULATORY REFORM

Sec. 501. Short title.
Sec. 502. Safety management.
Sec. 503. Use of reports, documents, records, and examinations of other 
                            persons.
Sec. 504. Equipment approval.
Sec. 505. Frequency of inspection.
Sec. 506. Certificate of inspection.
Sec. 507. Delegation of authority of Secretary to classification 
                            societies.
                   TITLE VI--DOCUMENTATION OF VESSELS

Sec. 601. Authority to issue coastwise endorsements.
Sec. 602. Vessel documentation for charity cruises.
Sec. 603. Extension of deadline for conversion of vessel M/V TWIN 
                            DRILL.
Sec. 604. Documentation of vessel RAINBOW'S END.
Sec. 605. Documentation of vessel GLEAM.
Sec. 606. Documentation of various vessels.
Sec. 607. Documentation of 4 barges.
Sec. 608. Limited waiver for ENCHANTED ISLE and ENCHANTED SEAS.
Sec. 609. Limited waiver for MV PLATTE.
             TITLE VII--TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS

Sec. 701. Amendment of inland navigation rules.
Sec. 702. Measurement of vessels.
Sec. 703. Longshore and harbor workers compensation.
Sec. 704. Radiotelephone requirements.
Sec. 705. Vessel operating requirements.
Sec. 706. Merchant Marine Act, 1920.
Sec. 707. Merchant Marine Act, 1956.
Sec. 708. Maritime education and training.
Sec. 709. General definitions.
Sec. 710. Authority to exempt certain vessels.
Sec. 711. Inspection of vessels.
Sec. 712. Regulations.
Sec. 713. Penalties--inspection of vessels.
Sec. 714. Application--tank vessels.
Sec. 715. Tank vessel construction standards.
Sec. 716. Tanker minimum standards.
Sec. 717. Self-propelled tank vessel minimum standards.
Sec. 718. Definition--abandonment of barges.
Sec. 719. Application--load lines.
Sec. 720. Licensing of individuals.
Sec. 721. Able seamen--limited.
Sec. 722. Able seamen--offshore supply vessels.
Sec. 723. Scale of employment--able seamen.
Sec. 724. General requirements--engine department.
Sec. 725. Complement of inspected vessels.
Sec. 726. Watchmen.
Sec. 727. Citizenship and naval reserve requirements.
Sec. 728. Watches.
Sec. 729. Minimum number of licensed individuals.
Sec. 730. Officers' competency certificates convention.
Sec. 731. Merchant mariners' documents required.
Sec. 732. Certain crew requirements.
Sec. 733. Freight vessels.
Sec. 734. Exemptions.
Sec. 735. United States registered pilot service.
Sec. 736. Definitions--merchant seamen protection.
Sec. 737. Application--foreign and intercoastal voyages.
Sec. 738. Application--coastwise voyages.
Sec. 739. Fishing agreements.
Sec. 740. Accommodations for seamen.
Sec. 741. Medicine chests.
Sec. 742. Logbook and entry requirements.
Sec. 743. Coastwise endorsements.
Sec. 744. Fishery endorsements.
Sec. 745. Clerical amendment.
Sec. 746. Repeal of Great Lakes endorsements.
Sec. 747. Convention tonnage for licenses, certificates, and documents.
              TITLE VIII--COAST GUARD AUXILIARY AMENDMENTS

Sec. 801. Administration of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Sec. 802. Purpose of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Sec. 803. Members of the Auxiliary; status.
Sec. 804. Assignment and performance of duties.
Sec. 805. Cooperation with other agencies, States, territories, and 
                            political subdivisions.
Sec. 806. Vessel deemed public vessel.
Sec. 807. Aircraft deemed public aircraft.
Sec. 808. Disposal of certain material.
                        TITLE I--AUTHORIZATIONS

SEC. 101. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Funds are authorized to be appropriated for necessary expenses of 
the Coast Guard for fiscal year 1996, as follows:
            (1) For the operation and maintenance of the Coast Guard, 
        $2,618,316,000, of which $25,000,000 shall be derived from the 
        Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
            (2) For the acquisition, construction, rebuilding, and 
        improvement of aids to navigation, shore and offshore 
        facilities, vessels, and aircraft, including equipment related 
        thereto, $428,200,000, to remain available until expended, of 
        which $32,500,000 shall be derived from the Oil Spill Liability 
        Trust Fund to carry out the purposes of section 1012(a)(5) of 
        the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
            (3) For research, development, test, and evaluation of 
        technologies, materials, and human factors directly relating to 
        improving the performance of the Coast Guard's mission in 
        support of search and rescue, aids to navigation, marine 
        safety, marine environmental protection, enforcement of laws 
        and treaties, ice operations, oceanographic research, and 
        defense readiness, $22,500,000, to remain available until 
        expended, of which $3,150,000 shall be derived from the Oil 
        Spill Liability Trust Fund to carry out the purposes of section 
        1012(a)(5) of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
            (4) For retired pay (including the payment of obligations 
        otherwise chargeable to lapsed appropriations for this 
        purpose), payments under the Retired Serviceman's Family 
        Protection and Survivor Benefit Plans, and payments for medical 
        care of retired personnel and their dependents under chapter 55 
        of title 10, United States Code, $582,022,000.
            (5) For alteration or removal of bridges over navigable 
        waters of the United States constituting obstructions to 
        navigation, and for personnel and administrative costs 
        associated with the Bridge Alteration Program, $16,200,000, to 
        remain available until expended.
            (6) For necessary expenses to carry out the Coast Guard's 
        environmental compliance and restoration functions, other than 
        parts and equipment associated with operations and maintenance, 
        under chapter 19 of title 14, United States Code, at Coast 
        Guard facilities, $25,000,000, to remain available until 
        expended.

SEC. 102. AUTHORIZED LEVELS OF MILITARY STRENGTH AND TRAINING.

    (a) Active Duty Strength.--The Coast Guard is authorized an end-of-
year strength for active duty personnel of 38,400 as of September 30, 
1996.
    (b) Military Training Student Loads.--For fiscal year 1996, the 
Coast Guard is authorized average military training student loads as 
follows:
            (1) For recruit and special training, 1604 student years.
            (2) For flight training, 85 student years.
            (3) For professional training in military and civilian 
        institutions, 330 student years.
            (4) For officer acquisition, 874 student years.
SEC. 103. QUARTERLY REPORTS ON DRUG INTERDICTION.

    Not later than 30 days after the end of each fiscal year quarter, 
the Secretary of Transportation shall submit to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and 
the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a 
report on all expenditures related to drug interdiction activities of 
the Coast Guard during that quarter.

SEC. 104. ENSURING MARITIME SAFETY AFTER CLOSURE OF SMALL BOAT STATION 
              OR REDUCTION TO SEASONAL STATUS.

    (a) Maritime Safety Determination.--None of the funds authorized to 
be appropriated under this Act may be used to close Coast Guard 
multimission small boat stations unless the Secretary of Transportation 
determines that maritime safety will not be diminished by the closures.
    (b) Transition Plan Required.--None of the funds appropriated under 
the authority of this Act may be used to close or reduce to seasonal 
status a small boat station, unless the Secretary of Transportation, in 
cooperation with the community affected by the closure or reduction, 
has developed and implemented a transition plan to ensure that the 
maritime safety needs of the community will continue to be met.

               TITLE II--PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENT

SEC. 201. HURRICANE ANDREW RELIEF.

    Section 2856 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 1993 (Public Law 102-484) applies to the military personnel of the 
Coast Guard who were assigned to, or employed at or in connection with, 
any Federal facility or installation in the vicinity of Homestead Air 
Force Base, Florida, including the areas of Broward, Collier, Dade, and 
Monroe Counties, on or before August 24, 1992, except that--
            (1) funds available to the Coast Guard, not to exceed a 
        total of $25,000, shall be used; and
            (2) the Secretary of Transportation shall administer that 
        section with respect to Coast Guard personnel.

SEC. 202. EXCLUDE CERTAIN RESERVES FROM END-OF-YEAR STRENGTH.

    Section 712 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by adding 
at the end the following:
    ``(d) Reserve members ordered to active duty under this section 
shall not be counted in computing authorized strength of members on 
active duty or members in grade under this title or under any other 
law.''.
SEC. 203. PROVISION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.

    Section 93 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by striking 
``and'' after the semicolon at the end of paragraph (t)(2), by striking 
the period at the end of paragraph (u) and inserting ``; and'', and by 
adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(v) make child development services available to members 
        of the armed forces and Federal civilian employees under terms 
        and conditions comparable to those under the Military Child 
        Care Act of 1989 (10 U.S.C. 113 note).''.
SEC. 204. ACCESS TO NATIONAL DRIVER REGISTER INFORMATION ON CERTAIN 
              COAST GUARD PERSONNEL.

    (a) Amendment to Title 14.--Section 93 of title 14, United States 
Code, as amended by section 203, is further amended--
            (1) by striking ``and'' after the semicolon at the end of 
        paragraph (u);
            (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (v) and 
        inserting ``; and''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(w) require that any officer, chief warrant officer, or 
        enlisted member of the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve 
        (including a cadet or an applicant for appointment or 
        enlistment to any of the foregoing and any member of a 
        uniformed service who is assigned to the Coast Guard) request 
        that all information contained in the National Driver Register 
        pertaining to the individual, as described in section 30304(a) 
        of title 49, be made available to the Commandant under section 
        30305(a) of title 49, may receive that information, and upon 
        receipt, shall make the information available to the 
        individual.''.
    (b) Amendment to Title 49.--Section 30305(b) of title 49, United 
States Code, is amended by redesignating paragraph (7) as paragraph (8) 
and inserting after paragraph (6) the following new paragraph:
    ``(7) An individual who is an officer, chief warrant officer, or 
enlisted member of the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve (including a 
cadet or an applicant for appointment or enlistment of any of the 
foregoing and any member of a uniformed service who is assigned to the 
Coast Guard) may request the chief driver licensing official of a State 
to provide information about the individual under subsection (a) of 
this section to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. The Commandant may 
receive the information and shall make the information available to the 
individual. Information may not be obtained from the Register under 
this paragraph if the information was entered in the Register more than 
3 years before the request, unless the information is about a 
revocation or suspension still in effect on the date of the request.''.

SEC. 205. OFFICER RETENTION UNTIL RETIREMENT ELIGIBLE.

    Section 283(b) of title 14, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``(1)'' after ``(b)'';
            (2) by striking the last sentence; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(2) Upon the completion of a term under paragraph (1), an officer 
shall, unless selected for further continuation--
            ``(A) except as provided in subparagraph (B), be honorably 
        discharged with severance pay computed under section 286 of 
        this title;
            ``(B) in the case of an officer who has completed at least 
        18 years of active service on the date of discharge under 
        subparagraph (A), be retained on active duty and retired on the 
        last day of the month in which the officer completes 20 years 
        of active service, unless earlier removed under another 
        provision of law; or
            ``(C) if, on the date specified for the officer's discharge 
        in this section, the officer has completed at least 20 years of 
        active service or is eligible for retirement under any law, be 
        retired on that date.''.

     TITLE III--NAVIGATION SAFETY AND WATERWAY SERVICES MANAGEMENT

SEC. 301. FOREIGN PASSENGER VESSEL USER FEES.

    Section 3303 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a) by striking ``(a) Except as'' and 
        inserting ``Except as''; and
            (2) by striking subsection (b).

SEC. 302. FLORIDA AVENUE BRIDGE.

    For purposes of the alteration of the Florida Avenue Bridge 
(located approximately 1.63 miles east of the Mississippi River on the 
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Orleans Parish, Louisiana) ordered by the 
Secretary of Transportation under the Act of June 21, 1940 (33 U.S.C. 
511 et seq.; popularly known as the Truman-Hobbs Act), the Secretary of 
Transportation shall treat the drainage siphon that is adjacent to the 
bridge as an appurtenance of the bridge, including with respect to 
apportionment and
 payment of costs for the removal of the drainage siphon in accordance 
with that Act.

SEC. 303. RENEWAL OF HOUSTON-GALVESTON NAVIGATION SAFETY ADVISORY 
              COMMITTEE AND LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATERWAY ADVISORY 
              COMMITTEE.

    The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1991 (Public Law 102-241, 105 
Stat. 2208-2235) is amended--
            (1) in section 18 by adding at the end the following:
    ``(h) The Committee shall terminate on October 1, 2000.''; and
            (2) in section 19 by adding at the end the following:
    ``(g) The Committee shall terminate on October 1, 2000.''.

SEC. 304. RENEWAL OF THE NAVIGATION SAFETY ADVISORY COUNCIL.

    (a) Renewal.--Section 5(d) of the Inland Navigational Rules Act of 
1980 (33 U.S.C. 2073) is amended by striking ``September 30, 1995'' and 
inserting ``September 30, 2000''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The section heading for section 5(d) of 
the Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980 (33 U.S.C. 2073) is amended 
by striking ``Rules of the Road Advisory Council'' and inserting 
``Navigation Safety Advisory Council''.

SEC. 305. RENEWAL OF COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY VESSEL ADVISORY 
              COMMITTEE.

    Subsection (e)(1) of section 4508 of title 46, United States Code, 
is amended by striking ``September 30, 1994'' and inserting ``October 
1, 2000''.

SEC. 306. NONDISCLOSURE OF PORT SECURITY PLANS.

    Section 7 of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act (33 U.S.C. 1226), 
is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection (c):
    ``(c) Nondisclosure of Port Security Plans.--Notwithstanding any 
other provision of law, information related to security plans, 
procedures, or programs for passenger vessels or passenger terminals 
authorized under this Act is not required to be disclosed to the 
public.''.

SEC. 307. MARITIME DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING PROGRAM CIVIL PENALTY.

    (a) Penalty Imposed.--Chapter 21 of title 46, United States Code, 
is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
``Sec. 2115. Civil penalty to enforce alcohol and dangerous drug 
              testing
    ``Any person who fails to comply with or otherwise violates the 
requirements prescribed by the Secretary under this subtitle for 
chemical testing for dangerous drugs or for evidence of alcohol use is 
liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of not more 
than $1,000 for each violation. Each day of a continuing violation 
shall constitute a separate violation.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
chapter 21 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by inserting 
after the item relating to section 2114 the following new item:

``2115. Civil penalty to enforce alcohol and dangerous drug testing.''.
SEC. 308. WITHHOLDING VESSEL CLEARANCE FOR VIOLATION OF CERTAIN ACTS.

    (a) Title 49, United States Code.--Section 5122 of title 49, United 
States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
subsection:
    ``(c) Withholding of Clearance.--(1) If any owner, operator, or 
person in charge of a vessel is liable for a civil penalty under 
section 5123 of this title or for a fine under section 5124 of this 
title, or if reasonable cause exists to believe that such owner, 
operator, or person in charge may be subject to such a civil penalty or 
fine, the Secretary of the Treasury, upon the request of the Secretary, 
shall with respect to such vessel refuse or revoke any clearance 
required by section 4197 of the Revised Statutes of the United States 
(46 App. U.S.C. 91).
    ``(2) Clearance refused or revoked under this subsection may be 
granted upon the filing of a bond or other surety satisfactory to the 
Secretary.''.
    (b) Port and Waterways Safety Act.--Section 13(f) of the Ports and 
Waterways Safety Act (33 U.S.C. 1232(f)) is amended to read as follows:
    ``(f) Withholding of Clearance.--(1) If any owner, operator, or 
person in charge of a vessel is liable for a penalty or fine under this 
section, or if reasonable cause exists to believe that the owner, 
operator, or person in charge may be subject to a penalty or fine under 
this section, the Secretary of the Treasury, upon the request of the 
Secretary, shall with respect to such vessel refuse or revoke any 
clearance required by section 4197 of the Revised Statutes of the 
United States (46 App. U.S.C. 91).
    ``(2) Clearance refused or revoked under this subsection may be 
granted upon filing of a bond or other surety satisfactory to the 
Secretary.''.
    (c) Inland Navigation Rules Act of 1980.--Section 4(d) of the 
Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980 (33 U.S.C. 2072(d)) is amended to 
read as follows:
    ``(d) Withholding of Clearance.--(1) If any owner, operator, or 
person in charge of a vessel is liable for a penalty under this 
section, or if reasonable cause exists to believe that the owner, 
operator, or person in charge may be subject to a penalty under this 
section, the Secretary of the Treasury, upon the request of the 
Secretary, shall with respect to such vessel refuse or revoke any 
clearance required by section 4197 of the Revised Statutes of the 
United States (46 App. U.S.C. 91).
    ``(2) Clearance or a permit refused or revoked under this 
subsection may be granted upon filing of a bond or other surety 
satisfactory to the Secretary.''.
    (d) Title 46, United States Code.--Section 3718(e) of title 46, 
United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
    ``(e)(1) If any owner, operator, or person in charge of a vessel is 
liable for any penalty or fine under this section, or if reasonable 
cause exists to believe that the owner, operator, or person in charge 
may be subject to any penalty or fine under this section, the Secretary 
of the Treasury, upon the request of the Secretary, shall with respect 
to such vessel refuse or revoke any clearance required by section 4197 
of the Revised Statutes of the United States (46 U.S.C. App. 91).
    ``(2) Clearance or a permit refused or revoked under this 
subsection may be granted upon filing of a bond or other surety 
satisfactory to the Secretary.''.

SEC. 309. INCREASED CIVIL PENALTIES.

    (a) Penalty for Failure To Report a Casualty.--Section 6103(a) of 
title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking ``$1,000'' and 
inserting ``not more than $25,000''.
    (b) Operation of Uninspected Vessel in Violation of Manning 
Requirements.--Section 8906 of title 46, United States Code, is amended 
by striking ``$1,000'' and inserting ``not more than $25,000''.

SEC. 310. AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE EMERGENCY POSITION INDICATING RADIO 
              BEACONS ON THE GREAT LAKES.

    Paragraph (7) of section 4502(a) of title 46, United States Code, 
is amended by inserting ``or beyond three nautical miles from the 
coastline of the Great Lakes'' after ``high seas''.

SEC. 311. EXTENSION OF TOWING SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

    Subsection (e) of the Act to establish a Towing Safety Advisory 
Committee in the Department of Transportation (33 U.S.C. 1231a(e)), is 
amended by striking ``September 30, 1995'' and inserting ``October 1, 
2000''.

                        TITLE IV--MISCELLANEOUS

SEC. 401. TRANSFER OF COAST GUARD PROPERTY IN TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN.

    (a) Requirement.--The Secretary of Transportation (or any other 
official having control over the property described in subsection (b)) 
shall expeditiously convey to the Traverse City Area Public School 
District in Traverse City, Michigan, without consideration, all right, 
title, and interest of the United States in and to the property
 described in subsection (b), subject to all easements and other 
interests in the property held by any other person.
    (b) Property Described.--The property referred to in subsection (a) 
is real property located in the city of Traverse City, Grand Traverse 
County, Michigan, and consisting of that part of the southeast \1/4\ of 
Section 12, Township 27 North, Range 11 West, described as: Commencing 
at the southeast \1/4\ corner of said Section 12, thence north 03 
degrees 05 minutes 25 seconds east along the East line of said Section, 
1074.04 feet, thence north 86 degrees 36 minutes 50 seconds west 207.66 
feet, thence north 03 degrees 06 minutes 00 seconds east 572.83 feet to 
the point of beginning, thence north 86 degrees 54 minutes 00 seconds 
west 1,751.04 feet, thence north 03 degrees 02 minutes 38 seconds east 
330.09 feet, thence north 24 degrees 04 minutes 40 seconds east 439.86 
feet, thence south 86 degrees 56 minutes 15 seconds east 116.62 feet, 
thence north 03 degrees 08 minutes 45 seconds east 200.00 feet, thence 
south 87 degrees 08 minutes 20 seconds east 68.52 feet, to the 
southerly right-of-way of the C & O Railroad, thence south 65 degrees 
54 minutes 20 seconds east along said right-of-way 1508.75 feet, thence 
south 03 degrees 06 minutes 00 seconds west 400.61 to the point of 
beginning, consisting of 27.10 acres of land, and all improvements 
located on that property including buildings, structures, and 
equipment.
    (c) Reversionary Interest.--In addition to any term or condition 
established pursuant to subsection (a), any conveyance of property 
described in subsection (b) shall be subject to the condition that all 
right, title, and interest in and to the property so conveyed shall 
immediately revert
 to the United States if the property, or any part thereof, ceases to 
be used by the Traverse City School District.

SEC. 402. TRANSFER OF COAST GUARD PROPERTY IN KETCHIKAN, ALASKA.

    (a) Conveyance Requirement.--The Secretary of Transportation shall 
convey to the Ketchikan Indian Corporation in Ketchikan, Alaska, 
without reimbursement and by no later than 120 days after the date of 
enactment of this Act, all right, title, and interest of the United 
States in and to the property known as the ``Former Marine Safety 
Detachment'' as identified in Report of Excess Number CG-689 (GSA 
Control Number 9-U-AK-0747) and described in subsection (b), for use by 
the Ketchikan Indian Corporation as a health or social services 
facility.
    (b) Property Described.--The property referred to in subsection (a) 
is real property located in the city of Ketchikan, Township 75 south, 
range 90 east, Copper River Meridian, First Judicial District, State of 
Alaska, and commencing at corner numbered 10, United States Survey 
numbered 1079, the true point of beginning for this description: Thence 
north 24 degrees 04 minutes east, along the 10-11 line of said survey a 
distance of 89.76 feet to corner numbered 1 of lot 5B; thence south 65 
degrees 56 minutes east a distance of 345.18 feet to corner numbered 2 
of lot 5B; thence south 24 degrees 04 minutes west a distance of 101.64 
feet to corner numbered 3 of lot 5B; thence north 64 degrees 01 minute 
west a distance of 346.47 feet to corner numbered 10 of said survey, to 
the true point of beginning, consisting of 0.76 acres (more or less), 
and all improvements located on that property, including buildings, 
structures, and equipment.
    (c) Reversionary Interest.--In addition to any term or condition 
established pursuant to subsection (a), any conveyance of property 
described in subsection (b) shall be subject to the condition that all 
right, title, and interest in and to the property so conveyed shall 
immediately revert to the United States if the property, or any part 
thereof, ceases to be used by the Ketchikan Indian Corporation as a 
health or social services facility.
SEC. 403. ELECTRONIC FILING OF COMMERCIAL INSTRUMENTS.

    Section 31321(a) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
adding at the end the following new paragraph:
    ``(4)(A) A bill of sale, conveyance, mortgage, assignment, or 
related instrument may be filed electronically under regulations 
prescribed by the Secretary.
    ``(B) A filing made electronically under subparagraph (A) shall not 
be effective after the 10-day period beginning on the date of the 
filing unless the original instrument is provided to the Secretary 
within that 10-day period.''.

SEC. 404. BOARD FOR CORRECTION OF MILITARY RECORDS DEADLINE.

    (a) Remedies Deemed Exhausted.--Ten months after a complete 
application for correction of military records is received by the Board 
for Correction of Military Records of the Coast Guard, administrative 
remedies are deemed to have been exhausted, and--
            (1) if the Board has rendered a recommended decision, its 
        recommendation shall be final agency action and not subject to 
        further review or approval within the Department of 
        Transportation; or
            (2) if the Board has not rendered a recommended decision, 
        agency action is deemed to have been unreasonably delayed or 
        withheld and the applicant is entitled to--
                    (A) an order under section 706(1) of title 5, 
                United States Code, directing final action be taken 
                within 30 days from the date the order is entered; and
                    (B) from amounts appropriated to the Department of 
                Transportation, the costs of obtaining the order, 
                including a reasonable attorney's fee.
    (b) Existing Deadline Mandatory.--The 10-month deadline established 
in section 212 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1989 (Public Law 
101-225, 103 Stat. 1914) is mandatory.
    (c) Application.--This section applies to all applications filed 
with or pending before the Board or the Secretary of Transportation on 
or after June 12, 1990. For applications that were pending on June 12, 
1990, the 10-month deadline referred to in subsection (b) shall be 
calculated from June 12, 1990.
SEC. 405. JUDICIAL SALE OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTED VESSELS TO ALIENS.

    Section 31329 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding 
at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(f) This section does not apply to a documented vessel that has 
been operated only--
            ``(1) as a fishing vessel, fish processing vessel, or fish 
        tender vessel; or
            ``(2) for pleasure.''.

SEC. 406. IMPROVED AUTHORITY TO SELL RECYCLABLE MATERIAL.

    Section 641(c)(2) of title 14, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting before the period the following: ``, except that the 
Commandant may conduct sales of materials for which the proceeds of 
sale will not exceed $5,000 under regulations prescribed by the 
Commandant''.
SEC. 407. RECRUITMENT OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES.

    Not later than January 31, 1996, the Commandant of the Coast Guard 
shall report to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of 
the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, 
and Transportation of the Senate, on the status of and the problems in 
recruitment of women and minorities into the Coast Guard. The report 
shall contain specific plans to increase the recruitment of women and 
minorities and legislative recommendations needed to increase the 
recruitment of women and minorities.
SEC. 408. LIMITATION OF CERTAIN STATE AUTHORITY OVER VESSELS.

    (a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the ``California 
Cruise Industry Revitalization Act''.
    (b) Limitation.--Section 5(b)(2) of the Act of January 2, 1951 (15 
U.S.C. 1175(b)(2)), commonly referred to as the ``Johnson Act'', is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(C) Exclusion of certain voyages and segments.--
                Except for a voyage or segment of a voyage that occurs 
                within the boundaries of the State of Hawaii, a voyage 
                or segment of a voyage is not described in subparagraph 
                (B) if it includes or consists of a segment--
                            ``(i) that begins and ends in the same 
                        State;
                            ``(ii) that is part of a voyage to another 
                        State or to a foreign country; and
                            ``(iii) in which the vessel reaches the 
                        other State or foreign country within 3 days 
                        after leaving the State in which it begins.''.

SEC. 409. VESSEL FINANCING.

    (a) Documentation Citizen Eligible Mortgagee.--Section 
31322(a)(1)(D) of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by striking ``or'' at the end of 31322(a)(1)(D)(v) and 
        inserting ``or'' at the end of 31322(a)(1)(D)(vi); and
            (2) by adding at the end a new subparagraph as follows:
                    ``(vii) a person eligible to own a documented 
                vessel under chapter 121 of this title.''.
    (b) Amendment to Trustee Restrictions.--Section 31328(a) of title 
46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by striking ``or'' at the end of 31328(a)(3) and 
        inserting ``or'' at the end of 31328(a)(4); and
            (2) by adding at the end a new subparagraph as follows:
            ``(5) is a person eligible to own a documented vessel under 
        chapter 121 of this title.''.
    (c) Lease Financing.--Section 12106 of title 46, United States 
Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsections:
    ``(e)(1) A certificate of documentation for a vessel may be 
endorsed with a coastwise endorsement if--
            ``(A) the vessel is eligible for documentation under 
        section 12102;
            ``(B) the person that owns the vessel, a parent entity of 
        that person, or a subsidiary of a parent entity of that person, 
        is engaged in lease financing;
            ``(C) the vessel is under a demise charter to a person 
        qualifying as a citizen of the United States for engaging in 
        the coastwise trade under section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916;
            ``(D) the demise charter is for--
                    ``(i) a period of at least 3 years; or
                    ``(ii) a shorter period as may be prescribed by the 
                Secretary; and
            ``(E) the vessel is otherwise qualified under this section 
        to be employed in the coastwise trade.
    ``(2) Upon default by a bareboat charterer of a demise charter 
required under paragraph (1)(D), the coastwise endorsement of the 
vessel may, in the sole discretion of the Secretary, be continued after 
the termination for default of the demise charter for a period not to 
exceed 6 months on terms and conditions as the Secretary may prescribe.
    ``(3) For purposes of section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, and 
section 12102(a) of this title, a vessel meeting the criteria of 
subsection is deemed to be owned exclusively by citizens of the United 
States.''.
    (d) Conforming Amendment.--Section 9(c) of the Shipping Act, 1916, 
as amended (46 App. U.S.C. 808(c)) is amended by inserting 
``12106(e),'' after the word ``sections'' and before 31322(a)(1)(D).

SEC. 410. SENSE OF CONGRESS; REQUIREMENT REGARDING NOTICE.

    (a) Purchase of American-Made Equipment and Products.--It is the 
sense of the Congress that, to the greatest extent practicable, all 
equipment and products purchased with funds made available under this 
Act should be American-made.
    (b) Notice to Recipients of Assistance.--In providing financial 
assistance under this Act, the official responsible for providing the 
assistance, to the greatest extent practicable, shall provide to each 
recipient of the assistance a notice describing the statement made in 
subsection (a) by the Congress.

SEC. 411. SPECIAL SELECTION BOARDS.

    (a) Requirement.--Chapter 21 of title 14, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following new section:
``Sec. 747. Special selection boards
    ``(a) The Secretary shall provide for special selection boards to 
consider the case of any officer who is eligible for promotion who--
            ``(1) was not considered for selection for promotion by a 
        selection board because of administrative error; or
            ``(2) was considered for selection for promotion by a 
        selection board but not selected because--
                    ``(A) the action of the board that considered the 
                officer was contrary to law or involved a material 
                error of fact or material administrative error; or
                    ``(B) the board that considered the officer did not 
                have before it for its consideration material 
                information.
    ``(b) Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of 
the Coast Guard Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 1996, the Secretary 
shall issue regulations to implement this section. The regulations 
shall conform, as appropriate, to the regulations and procedures issued 
by the Secretary of Defense for special selection boards under section 
628 of title 10, United States Code.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections for chapter 21 of 
title 14, United States Code, is amended by adding after the item for 
section 746 the following:

``747. Special selection boards.''.
SEC. 412. AVAILABILITY OF EXTRAJUDICIAL REMEDIES FOR DEFAULT ON 
              PREFERRED MORTGAGE LIENS ON VESSELS.

    (a) Availability of Extrajudicial Remedies.--Section 31325(b) of 
title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking 
        ``mortgage may'' and inserting ``mortgagee may'';
            (2) in paragraph (1) by--
                    (A) striking ``perferred'' and inserting 
                ``preferred''; and
                    (B) striking ``; and'' and inserting a semicolon; 
                and
            (3) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(3) enforce the preferred mortgage lien or a claim for 
        the outstanding indebtedness secured by the mortgaged vessel, 
        or both, by exercising any other remedy (including an 
        extrajudicial remedy) against a documented vessel, a vessel for 
        which an application for documentation is filed under chapter 
        121 of this title, a foreign vessel, or a mortgagor, maker, 
        comaker, or guarantor for the amount of the outstanding 
        indebtedness or any deficiency in full payment of that 
        indebtedness, if--
                    ``(A) the remedy is allowed under applicable law; 
                and
                    ``(B) the exercise of the remedy will not result in 
                a violation of section 9 or 37 of the Shipping Act, 
                1916 (46 App. U.S.C. 808, 835).''.
    (b) Notice.--Section 31325 of title 46, United States Code, is 
further amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(f)(1) Before title to the documented vessel or vessel for which 
an application for documentation is filed under chapter 121 is 
transferred by an extrajudicial remedy, the person exercising the 
remedy shall give notice of the proposed transfer to the Secretary, to 
the mortgagee of any mortgage on the vessel filed in substantial 
compliance with section 31321 of this title before notice of the 
proposed transfer is given to the Secretary, and to any person that 
recorded a notice of a claim of an undischarged lien on the vessel 
under section 31343(a) or (d) of this title before notice of the 
proposed transfer is given to the Secretary.
    ``(2) Failure to give notice as required by this subsection shall 
not affect the transfer of title to a vessel. However, the rights of 
any holder of a maritime lien or a preferred mortgage on the vessel 
shall not be affected by a transfer of title by an extrajudicial remedy 
exercised under this section, regardless of whether notice is required 
by this subsection or given.
    ``(3) The Secretary shall prescribe regulations establishing the 
time and manner for providing notice under this subsection.''.
    (c) Rule of Construction.--The amendments made by subsections (a) 
and (b) may not be construed to imply that remedies other than judicial 
remedies were not available before the date of enactment of this 
section to enforce claims for outstanding indebtedness secured by 
mortgaged vessels.

SEC. 413. IMPLEMENTATION OF WATER POLLUTION LAWS WITH RESPECT TO 
              VEGETABLE OIL.

    (a) Differentiation Among Fats, Oils, and Greases.--
            (1) In general.--In issuing or enforcing a regulation, an 
        interpretation, or a guideline relating to a fat, oil, or 
        grease under a Federal law related to water pollution control, 
        the head of a Federal agency shall--
                    (A) differentiate between and establish separate 
                classes for--
                            (i)(I) animal fats; and
                            (II) vegetable oils; and
                            (ii) other oils, including petroleum oil; 
                        and
                    (B) apply different standards to different classes 
                of fat and oil as provided in paragraph (2).
            (2) Considerations.--In differentiating between the classes 
        of animal fats and vegetable oils referred to in paragraph 
        (1)(A)(i) and the classes of oils described in paragraph 
        (1)(A)(ii), the head of a Federal agency shall consider 
        differences in physical, chemical, biological, and other 
        properties, and in the environmental effects, of the classes.
    (b) Financial Responsibility.--
            (1) Limits on liability.--Section 1004(a)(1) of the Oil 
        Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2704(a)(1)) is amended by 
        striking ``for a tank vessel,'' and inserting ``for a tank 
        vessel carrying oil in bulk as cargo or cargo residue (except a 
        tank vessel on which the only oil carried is an animal fat or 
        vegetable oil, as those terms are defined in section 413(c) of 
        the Coast Guard Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996),''.
            (2) Financial responsibility.--The first sentence of 
        section 1016(a) of the Act (33 U.S.C. 2716(a)) is amended by 
        striking ``, in the case of a tank vessel, the responsible 
        party could be subject under section 1004(a)(1) or (d) of this 
        Act, or to which, in the case of any other vessel, the 
        responsible party could be subjected under section 1004(a)(2) 
        or (d)'' and inserting ``the responsible party could be 
        subjected under section 1004(a) or (d) of this Act''.
    (c) Definitions.--In this section, the following definitions apply:
            (1) Animal fat.--The term ``animal fat'' means each type of 
        animal fat, oil, or grease, including fat, oil, or grease from 
        fish or a marine mammal and any fat, oil, or grease referred to 
        in section 61(a)(2) of title 13, United States Code.
            (2) Vegetable oil.--The term ``vegetable oil'' means each 
        type of vegetable oil, including vegetable oil from a seed, 
        nut, or kernel and any vegetable oil referred to in section 
        61(a)(1) of title 13, United States Code.

SEC. 414. CERTAIN INFORMATION FROM MARINE CASUALTY INVESTIGATIONS 
              BARRED IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

    (a) In General.--Title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after section 6307 the following new section:
``Sec. 6308. Information barred in legal proceedings
    ``(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any opinion, 
recommendation, deliberation, or conclusion contained in a report of a 
marine casualty investigation conducted under section 6301 of this 
title with respect to the cause of, or factors contributing to, the 
casualty set forth in the report of the investigation is not admissible 
as evidence or subject to discovery in any civil, administrative, or 
State criminal proceeding arising from a marine casualty, other than 
with the permission and consent of the Secretary of Transportation, in 
his or her sole discretion. Any employee of the United States or 
military member of the Coast Guard investigating a marine casualty or 
assisting in any such investigation conducted pursuant to section 6301 
of this title, shall not be subject to deposition or other discovery, 
or otherwise testify or give information in such proceedings relevant 
to a marine casualty investigation, without the permission and consent 
of the Secretary of Transportation in his or her sole discretion. In 
exercising this discretion in cases where the United States is a party, 
the Secretary shall not withhold permission for an employee to testify 
solely on factual matters where the information is not available 
elsewhere or is not obtainable by other means. Nothing in this section 
prohibits the United States from calling an employee as an expert 
witness to testify on its behalf.
    ``(b) The information referred to in subsection (a) of this section 
shall not be considered an admission of liability by the United States 
or by any person referred to in those conclusions or statements.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
chapter 63 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding after 
the item related to section 6307 the following:

``6308. Information barred in legal proceedings.''.
SEC. 415. REPORT ON LORAN-C REQUIREMENTS.

    Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this 
Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall submit a report to the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
Representatives, and the Committee on Commerce, Science and 
Transportation of the Senate, prepared in consultation with users of 
the LORAN-C radionavigation system, defining the future use of and 
funding for operations, maintenance, and upgrades of the LORAN-C 
radionavigation system. The report shall address the following:
            (1) An appropriate timetable for transition from ground-
        based radionavigation technology after it is determined that 
        satellite-based technology is available as a sole means of safe 
        and efficient navigation.
            (2) The need to ensure that LORAN-C technology purchased by 
        the public before the year 2000 has a useful economic life.
            (3) The benefits of fully utilizing the compatibilities of 
        LORAN-C technology and satellite-based technology by all modes 
        of transportation.
            (4) The need for all agencies in the Department of 
        Transportation and other relevant Federal agencies to share the 
        Federal Government's costs related to LORAN-C technology.

SEC. 416. LIMITED DOUBLE HULL EXEMPTIONS.

    Section 3703a(b) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by--
            (1) striking ``or'' at the end of paragraph (2);
            (2) striking the period at the end of paragraph (3) and 
        inserting a semicolon; and
            (3) adding at the end the following new paragraphs:
            ``(4) a vessel equipped with a double hull before August 
        12, 1992;
            ``(5) a barge of less than 2,000 gross tons that is 
        primarily used to carry deck cargo and bulk fuel to Native 
        villages (as that term is defined in section 3 of the Alaska 
        Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601)) located on or 
        adjacent to bays or rivers above 58 degrees north latitude; or
            ``(6) a vessel in the National Defense Reserve Fleet 
        pursuant to section 11 of the Merchant Ship Sales Act of 1946 
        (50 App. U.S.C. 1744).''.

SEC. 417. OIL SPILL RESPONSE VESSELS.

    (a) Definition.--Section 2101 of title 46, United States Code, is 
amended--
            (1) by redesignating paragraph (20a) as paragraph (20b); 
        and
            (2) by inserting after paragraph (20) the following new 
        paragraph:
            ``(20a) `oil spill response vessel' means a vessel that is 
        designated in its certificate of inspection as such a vessel, 
        or that is adapted to respond to a discharge of oil or a 
        hazardous material.''.
    (b) Exemption From Liquid Bulk Carriage Requirements.--Section 3702 
of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the 
following new subsection:
    ``(f) This chapter does not apply to an oil spill response vessel 
if--
            ``(1) the vessel is used only in response-related 
        activities; or
            ``(2) the vessel is--
                    ``(A) not more than 500 gross tons;
                    ``(B) designated in its certificate of inspection 
                as an oil spill response vessel; and
                    ``(C) engaged in response-related activities.''.
    (c) Manning.--Section 8104(p) of title 46, United States Code, is 
amended to read as follows:
    ``(p) The Secretary may prescribe the watchstanding requirements 
for an oil spill response vessel.''.
    (d) Minimum Number of Licensed Individuals.--Section 8301(e) of 
title 46, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
    ``(e) The Secretary may prescribe the minimum number of licensed 
individuals for an oil spill response vessel.''.
    (e) Merchant Mariner Document Requirements.--Section 8701(a) of 
title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking ``and'' after the 
semicolon at the end of paragraph (7), by striking the period at the 
end of paragraph (8) and inserting ``; and'', and by adding at the end 
the following new paragraph:
            ``(9) the Secretary may prescribe the individuals required 
        to hold a merchant mariner's document serving onboard an oil 
        spill response vessel.''.
    (f) Exemption From Towing Vessel Requirement.--Section 8905 of 
title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the 
following new subsection:
    ``(c) Section 8904 of this title does not apply to an oil spill 
response vessel while engaged in oil spill response or training 
activities.''.
    (g) Inspection Requirement.--Section 3301 of title 46, United 
States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
paragraph:
            ``(14) oil spill response vessels.''.

SEC. 418. OFFSHORE FACILITY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.

    (a) Definition of Responsible Party.--Section 1001(32)(C) of the 
Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701(32)(C)) is amended by 
striking ``applicable State law or'' and inserting ``applicable State 
law relating to exploring for, producing, or transporting oil on 
submerged lands on the Outer Continental Shelf in accordance with a 
license or permit issued for such purpose, or under''.
    (b) Amount of Financial Responsibility.--Section 1016(c)(1) of the 
Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2716(c)(1)) is amended to read as 
follows:
            ``(1) In general.--
                    ``(A) Evidence of financial responsibility 
                required.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), each 
                responsible party with respect to an offshore facility 
                described in section 1001(32)(C) located seaward of the 
                line of ordinary low water along that portion of the 
                coast that is in direct contact with the open sea and 
                the line marking the seaward limit of inland waters 
                that is--
                            ``(i) used for exploring for, producing, or 
                        transporting oil; and
                            ``(ii) has the capacity to transport, 
                        store, transfer, or otherwise handle more than 
                        1,000 barrels of oil at any one time,
                shall establish and maintain evidence of financial 
                responsibility in the amount required under 
                subparagraph (B) or (C), applicable.
                    ``(B) Amount required generally.--Except as 
                provided in subparagraph (C), for purposes of 
                subparagraph (A) the amount of financial responsibility 
                required is $35,000,000.
                    ``(C) Greater amount.--If the President determines 
                that an amount of financial responsibility greater than 
                the amount required by subparagraph (B) is necessary 
                for an offshore facility, based on an assessment of the 
                risk posed by the facility that includes consideration 
                of the relative operational, environmental, human 
                health, and other risks posed by the quantity or 
                quality of oil that is transported, stored, 
                transferred, or otherwise handled by the facility, the 
                amount of financial responsibility required shall not 
                exceed $150,000,000 determined by the President on the 
                basis of clear and convincing evidence that the risks 
                posed justify the greater amount.
                    ``(D) Multiple facilities.--In a case in which a 
                person is responsible for more than one facility 
                subject to this subsection, evidence of financial 
                responsibility need be established only to meet the 
                amount applicable to the facility having the greatest 
                financial responsibility requirement under this 
                subsection.
                    ``(E) Guarantee method.--Except with respect of 
                financial responsibility established by the guarantee 
                method, subsection (f) shall not apply with respect to 
                this subsection.''.

SEC. 419. MANNING AND WATCH REQUIREMENTS ON TOWING VESSELS ON THE GREAT 
              LAKES.

    (a) Section 8104(c) of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by striking ``or permitted''; and
            (2) by inserting after ``day'' the following: ``or 
        permitted to work more than 15 hours in any 24-hour period, or 
        more than 36 hours in any 72-hour period''.
    (b) Section 8104(e) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``subsections (c) and (d)'' and inserting ``subsection (d)''.
    (c) Section 8104(g) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``(except a vessel to which subsection (c) of this section 
applies)''.
SEC. 420. LIMITATION ON APPLICATION OF CERTAIN LAWS TO LAKE TEXOMA.

    (a) Limitation.--The laws administered by the Coast Guard relating 
to documentation or inspection of vessels or licensing or documentation 
of vessel operators do not apply to any small passenger vessel 
operating on Lake Texoma.
    (b) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) The term ``Lake Texoma'' means the impoundment by that 
        name on the Red River, located on the border between Oklahoma 
        and Texas.
            (2) The term ``small passenger vessel'' has the meaning 
        given that term in section 2101 of title 46, United States 
        Code.

SEC. 421. LIMITATION ON CONSOLIDATION OR RELOCATION OF HOUSTON AND 
              GALVESTON MARINE SAFETY OFFICES.

    The Secretary of Transportation may not consolidate or relocate the 
Coast Guard Marine Safety Offices in Galveston, Texas, and Houston, 
Texas.

SEC. 422. SENSE OF THE CONGRESS REGARDING FUNDING FOR COAST GUARD.

    It is the sense of the Congress that in appropriating amounts for 
the Coast Guard, the Congress should appropriate amounts adequate to 
enable the Coast Guard to carry out all extraordinary functions and 
duties the Coast Guard is required to undertake in addition to its 
normal functions established by law.

SEC. 423. CONVEYANCE OF LIGHT STATION, MONTAUK POINT, NEW YORK.

    (a) Conveyance Requirement.--
            (1) Requirement.--The Secretary of Transportation shall 
        convey to the Montauk Historical Association in Montauk, New 
        York, by an appropriate means of conveyance, all right, title, 
        and interest of the United States in and to property comprising 
        Light Station Montauk Point, located at Montauk, New York.
            (2) Determination of property.--The Secretary may identify, 
        describe, and determine the property to be conveyed pursuant to 
        this section.
    (b) Terms of Conveyance.--
            (1) In general.--A conveyance of property pursuant to this 
        section shall be made--
                    (A) without the payment of consideration; and
                    (B) subject to the conditions required by 
                paragraphs (3) and (4) and such other terms and 
                conditions as the Secretary may consider appropriate.
            (2) Reversionary interest.--Any conveyance of property 
        pursuant to this section shall be subject to the condition that 
        all right, title, and interest in the Montauk Light Station 
        shall immediately revert to the United States if the Montauk 
        Light Station ceases to be maintained as a nonprofit center for 
        public benefit for the interpretation and preservation of the 
        material culture of the United States Coast Guard, the maritime 
        history of Montauk, New York, and Native American and colonial 
        history.
            (3) Maintenance of navigation and functions.--Any 
        conveyance of property pursuant to this section shall be 
        subject to such conditions as the Secretary considers to be 
        necessary to assure that--
                    (A) the light, antennas, sound signal, and 
                associated lighthouse equipment located on the property 
                conveyed, which are active aids to navigation, shall 
                continue to be operated and maintained by the United 
                States for as long as they are needed for this purpose;
                    (B) the Montauk Historical Association may not 
                interfere or allow interference in any manner with such 
                aids to navigation without express written permission 
                from the United States;
                    (C) there is reserved to the United States the 
                right to replace, or add any aids to navigation, or 
                make any changes to the Montauk Lighthouse as may be 
                necessary for navigation purposes;
                    (D) the United States shall have the right, at any 
                time, to enter the property conveyed without notice for 
                the purpose of maintaining navigation aids;
                    (E) the United States shall have an easement of 
                access to such property for the purpose of maintaining 
                the navigational aids in use on the property; and
                    (F) the Montauk Light Station shall revert to the 
                United States at the end of the 30-day period beginning 
                on any date on which the Secretary of Transportation 
                provides written notice to the Montauk Historical 
                Association that the Montauk Light Station is needed 
                for national security purposes.
            (4) Maintenance of light station.--Any conveyance of 
        property under this section shall be subject to the condition 
        that the Montauk Historical Association shall maintain the 
        Montauk Light Station in accordance with the provisions of the 
        National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.) and 
        other applicable laws.
            (5) Limitation on obligations of montauk historical 
        association.--The Montauk Historical Association shall not have 
        any obligation to maintain any active aid to navigation 
        equipment on property conveyed pursuant to this section.
    (c) Definitions.--For purposes of this section--
            (1) the term ``Montauk Light Station'' means the Coast 
        Guard light station known as the Light Station Montauk Point, 
        located at Montauk, New York, including the keeper's dwellings, 
        adjacent Coast Guard rights-of-way, the World War II submarine 
        spotting tower, the lighthouse tower, and the paint locker; and
            (2) the term ``Montauk Lighthouse'' means the Coast Guard 
        lighthouse located at the Montauk Light Station.

SEC. 424. CONVEYANCE OF CAPE ANN LIGHTHOUSE, THACHERS ISLAND, 
              MASSACHUSETTS.
    (a) Authority To Convey.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary of Transportation shall 
        convey to the town of Rockport, Massachusetts, by an 
        appropriate means of conveyance, all right, title, and interest 
        of the United States in and to the property comprising the Cape 
        Ann Lighthouse, located on Thachers Island, Massachusetts.
            (2) Identification of property.--The Secretary may 
        identify, describe, and determine the property to be conveyed 
        pursuant to this subsection.
    (b) Terms of Conveyance.--
            (1) In general.--The conveyance of property pursuant to 
        this section shall be made--
                    (A) without payment of consideration; and
                    (B) subject to the conditions required by 
                paragraphs (3) and (4) and other terms and conditions 
                the Secretary may consider appropriate.
            (2) Reversionary interest.--In addition to any term or 
        condition established pursuant to paragraph (1), the conveyance 
        of property pursuant to this section shall be subject to the 
        condition that all right, title, and interest in the Cape Ann 
        Lighthouse shall immediately revert to the United States if the 
        Cape Ann Lighthouse, or any part of the property--
                    (A) ceases to be used as a nonprofit center for the 
                interpretation and preservation of maritime history;
                    (B) ceases to be maintained in a manner that 
                ensures its present or future use as a Coast Guard aid 
                to navigation; or
                    (C) ceases to be maintained in a manner consistent 
                with the provisions of the National Historic 
                Preservation Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.).
            (3) Maintenance and navigation functions.--The conveyance 
        of property pursuant to this section shall be made subject to 
        the conditions that the Secretary considers to be necessary to 
        assure that--
                    (A) the lights, antennas, and associated equipment 
                located on the property conveyed, which are active aids 
                to navigation, shall continue to be operated and 
                maintained by the United States;
                    (B) the town of Rockport may not interfere or allow 
                interference in any manner with aids to navigation 
                without express written permission from the Secretary 
                of Transportation;
                    (C) there is reserved to the United States the 
                right to relocate, replace, or add any aid to 
                navigation or make any changes to the Cape Ann 
                Lighthouse as may be necessary for navigational 
                purposes;
                    (D) the United States shall have the right, at any 
                time, to enter the property without notice for the 
                purpose of maintaining aids to navigation; and
                    (E) the United States shall have an easement of 
                access to the property for the purpose of maintaining 
                the aids to navigation in use on the property.
            (4) Obligation limitation.--The town of Rockport is not 
        required to maintain any active aid to navigation equipment on 
        property conveyed pursuant to this section.
            (5) Property to be maintained in accordance with certain 
        laws.--The town of Rockport shall maintain the Cape Ann 
        Lighthouse in accordance with the National Historic 
        Preservation Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.), and other 
        applicable laws.
    (c) Definitions.--For purposes of this section, the term ``Cape Ann 
Lighthouse'' means the Coast Guard property located on Thachers Island, 
Massachusetts, except any historical artifact, including any lens or 
lantern, located on the property at or before the time of conveyance.

SEC. 425. AMENDMENTS TO JOHNSON ACT.

    For purposes of section 5(b)(1)(A) of the Act of January 2, 1951 
(15 U.S.C. 1175(b)(1)(A)), commonly known as the Johnson Act, a vessel 
on a voyage that begins in the territorial jurisdiction of the State of 
Indiana and that does not leave the territorial jurisdiction of the 
State of Indiana shall be considered to be a vessel that is not within 
the boundaries of any State or possession of the United States.

SEC. 426. TRANSFER OF COAST GUARD PROPERTY IN GOSNOLD, MASSACHUSETTS.

    (a) Conveyance Requirement.--The Secretary of Transportation may 
convey to the town of Gosnold, Massachusetts, without reimbursement and 
by no later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, all 
right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the property 
known as the ``United States Coast Guard Cuttyhunk Boathouse and 
Wharf'', as described in subsection (c).
    (b) Conditions.--Any conveyance of property under subsection (a) 
shall be subject to the condition that the Coast Guard shall retain in 
perpetuity and at no cost--
            (1) the right of access to, over, and through the 
        boathouse, wharf, and land comprising the property at all times 
        for the purpose of berthing vessels, including vessels 
        belonging to members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary; and
            (2) the right of ingress to and egress from the property 
        for purposes of access to Coast Guard facilities and 
        performance of Coast Guard functions.
    (c) Property Described.--The property referred to in subsection (a) 
is real property located in the town of Gosnold, Massachusetts 
(including all buildings, structures, equipment, and other 
improvements), as determined by the Secretary of Transportation.

SEC. 427. TRANSFER OF COAST GUARD PROPERTY IN NEW SHOREHAM, RHODE 
              ISLAND.

    (a) Requirement.--The Secretary of Transportation (or any other 
official having control over the property described in subsection (b)) 
shall expeditiously convey to the town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, 
without consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United 
States in and to the property known as the United States Coast Guard 
Station Block Island, as described in subsection (b), subject to all 
easements and other interest in the property held by any other person.
    (b) Property Described.--The property referred to in subsection (a) 
is real property (including buildings and improvements) located on the 
west side of Block Island, Rhode Island, at the entrance to the Great 
Salt Pond and referred to in the books of the Tax Assessor of the town 
of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, as lots 10 and 12, comprising 
approximately 10.7 acres.
    (c) Reversionary Interest.--In addition to any term or condition 
established pursuant to subsection (a), any conveyance of property 
under subsection (a) shall be subject to the condition that all right, 
title, and interest in and to the property so conveyed shall 
immediately revert to the United States if the property, or any part 
thereof, ceases to be used by the town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
    (d) Indemnification for Preexisting Environmental Liabilities.--
Notwithstanding any conveyance of property under this section, after 
such conveyance the Secretary of Transportation shall indemnify the 
town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, for any environmental liability 
arising from the property, that existed before the date of the 
conveyance.
SEC. 428. VESSEL DEEMED TO BE A RECREATIONAL VESSEL.

    The vessel, an approximately 96 meter twin screw motor yacht for 
which construction commenced in October 1993 (to be named the 
LIMITLESS), is deemed to be a recreational vessel under chapter 43 of 
title 46, United States Code.

SEC. 429. REQUIREMENT FOR PROCUREMENT OF BUOY CHAIN.

    (a) Requirement.--Chapter 5 of title 14, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 96. Procurement of buoy chain
    ``(a) The Coast Guard may not procure buoy chain--
            ``(1) that is not manufactured in the United States; or
            ``(2) substantially all of the components of which are not 
        produced or manufactured in the United States.
    ``(b) For purposes of subsection (a)(2), substantially all of the 
components of a buoy chain shall be considered to be produced or 
manufactured in the United States if the aggregate cost of the 
components thereof which are produced or manufactured in the United 
States is greater than the aggregate cost of the components thereof 
which are produced or manufactured outside the United States.
    ``(c) In this section--
            ``(1) the term `buoy chain' means any chain, cable, or 
        other device that is--
                    ``(A) used to hold in place, by attachment to the 
                bottom of a body of water, a floating aid to 
                navigation; and
                    ``(B) not more than 4 inches in diameter; and
            ``(2) the term `manufacture' includes cutting, heat 
        treating, quality control, welding (including the forging and 
        shot blasting process), and testing.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections for chapter 5 of 
title 14, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the 
following:

``96. Procurement of buoy chain.''.
SEC. 430. CRUISE VESSEL TORT REFORM.

    (a) Section 4283 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (46 
App. 183), is amended by adding a new subsection (g) to read as 
follows:
    ``(g) In a suit by any person in which a shipowner, operator, or 
employer of a crew member is claimed to have direct or vicarious 
liability for medical malpractice or other tortious conduct occurring 
at a shoreside facility, or in which the damages sought are alleged to 
result from the referral to or treatment by any shoreside doctor, 
hospital, medical facility, or other health care provider, the 
shipowner, operator, or employer shall be entitled to rely upon any and 
all statutory limitations of liability applicable to the doctor, 
hospital, medical facility, or other health care provider in the State 
in which the shoreside medical care was provided.''.
    (b) Section 4283b of the Revised Statutes of the United States (46 
App. 183c) is amended by adding a new subsection to read as follows:
    ``(b) Subsection (a) shall not prohibit provisions or limitations 
in contracts, agreements, or ticket conditions of carriage with 
passengers which relieve a manager, agent, master, owner, or operator 
of a vessel from liability for infliction of emotional distress, mental 
suffering, or psychological injury so long as such provisions or 
limitations do not limit liability if the emotional distress, mental 
suffering, or psychological injury was--
            ``(1) the result of substantial physical injury to the 
        claimant caused by the negligence or fault of the manager, 
        agent, master, owner, or operator;
            ``(2) the result of the claimant having been at actual risk 
        of substantial physical injury, which risk was caused by the 
        negligence or fault of the manager, agent, master, owner, or 
        operator; or
            ``(3) intentionally inflicted by the manager, agent, 
        master, owner, or operator.''.
    (c) Section 20 of chapter 153 of the Act of March 4, 1915 (46 App. 
688) is amended by adding a new subsection to read as follows:
    ``(c) Limitation for Certain Aliens in Case of Contractual 
Alternative Forum.--
            ``(1) No action may be maintained under subsection (a) or 
        under any other maritime law of the United States for 
        maintenance and cure or for damages for the injury or death of 
        a person who was not a citizen or permanent legal resident 
        alien of the United States at the time of the incident giving 
        rise to the action, if the incident giving rise to the action 
        occurred while the person was employed on board a vessel 
        documented other than under the laws of the United States, 
        which vessel was owned by an entity organized other than under 
        the laws of the United States or by a person who is not a 
        citizen or permanent legal resident alien.
            ``(2) The provisions of paragraph (1) shall only apply if--
                    ``(A) the incident giving rise to the action 
                occurred while the person bringing the action was a 
                party to a contract of employment or was subject to a 
                collective bargaining agreement which, by its terms, 
                provided for an exclusive forum for resolution of all 
                such disputes or actions in a nation other than the 
                United States, a remedy is available to the person 
                under the laws of that nation, and the party seeking to 
                dismiss an action under paragraph (1) is willing to 
                stipulate to jurisdiction under the laws of such nation 
                as to such incident; or
                    ``(B) a remedy is available to the person bringing 
                the action under the laws of the nation in which the 
                person maintained citizenship or permanent residency at 
                the time of the incident giving rise to the action and 
                the party seeking to dismiss an action under paragraph 
                (1) is willing to stipulate to jurisdiction under the 
                laws of such nation as to such incident.
            ``(3) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection 
        shall not be interpreted to require a court in the United 
        States to accept jurisdiction of any actions.''.

SEC. 431. LIMITATION ON FEES AND CHARGES WITH RESPECT TO FERRIES.

    The Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is 
operating may not assess or collect any fee or charge with respect to a 
ferry. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the Secretary 
is authorized to reduce expenditures in an amount equal to the fees or 
charges which are not collected or assessed as a result of this 
section.

                 TITLE V--COAST GUARD REGULATORY REFORM

SEC. 501. SHORT TITLE.

    This title may be cited as the ``Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Act 
of 1995''.

SEC. 502. SAFETY MANAGEMENT.

    (a) Management of Vessels.--Title 46, United States Code, is 
amended by adding after chapter 31 the following new chapter:

                  ``CHAPTER 32--MANAGEMENT OF VESSELS
``Sec.
``3201. Definitions.
``3202. Application.
``3203. Safety management system.
``3204. Implementation of safety management system.
``3205. Certification.
``Sec. 3201. Definitions
    ``In this chapter--
            ``(1) `International Safety Management Code' has the same 
        meaning given that term in chapter IX of the Annex to the 
        International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974;
            ``(2) `responsible person' means--
                    ``(A) the owner of a vessel to which this chapter 
                applies; or
                    ``(B) any other person that has--
                            ``(i) assumed the responsibility for 
                        operation of a vessel to which this chapter 
                        applies from the owner; and
                            ``(ii) agreed to assume with respect to the 
                        vessel responsibility for complying with all 
                        the requirements of this chapter and the 
                        regulations prescribed under this chapter;
            ``(3) `vessel engaged on a foreign voyage' means a vessel 
        to which this chapter applies--
                    ``(A) arriving at a place under the jurisdiction of 
                the United States from a place in a foreign country;
                    ``(B) making a voyage between places outside the 
                United States; or
                    ``(C) departing from a place under the jurisdiction 
                of the United States for a place in a foreign country.
``Sec. 3202. Application
    ``(a) Mandatory Application.--This chapter applies to the following 
vessels engaged on a foreign voyage:
            ``(1) Beginning July 1, 1998--
                    ``(A) a vessel transporting more than 12 passengers 
                described in section 2101(21)(A) of this title; and
                    ``(B) a tanker, bulk freight vessel, or high-speed 
                freight vessel, of at least 500 gross tons.
            ``(2) Beginning July 1, 2002, a freight vessel and a mobile 
        offshore drilling unit of at least 500 gross tons.
    ``(b) Voluntary Application.--This chapter applies to a vessel not 
described in subsection (a) of this section if the owner of the vessel 
requests the Secretary to apply this chapter to the vessel.
    ``(c) Exception.--Except as provided in subsection (b) of this 
section, this chapter does not apply to--
            ``(1) a barge;
            ``(2) a recreational vessel not engaged in commercial 
        service;
            ``(3) a fishing vessel;
            ``(4) a vessel operating on the Great Lakes or its 
        tributary and connecting waters; or
            ``(5) a public vessel.
``Sec. 3203. Safety management system
    ``(a) In General.--The Secretary shall prescribe regulations which 
establish a safety management system for responsible persons and 
vessels to which this chapter applies, including--
            ``(1) a safety and environmental protection policy;
            ``(2) instructions and procedures to ensure safe operation 
        of those vessels and protection of the environment in 
        compliance with international and United States law;
            ``(3) defined levels of authority and lines of 
        communications between, and among, personnel on shore and on 
        the vessel;
            ``(4) procedures for reporting accidents and 
        nonconformities with this chapter;
            ``(5) procedures for preparing for and responding to 
        emergency situations; and
            ``(6) procedures for internal audits and management reviews 
        of the system.
    ``(b) Compliance With Code.--Regulations prescribed under this 
section shall be consistent with the International Safety Management 
Code with respect to vessels engaged on a foreign voyage.
``Sec. 3204. Implementation of safety management system
    ``(a) Safety Management Plan.--Each responsible person shall 
establish and submit to the Secretary for approval a safety management 
plan describing how that person and vessels of the person to which this 
chapter applies will comply with the regulations prescribed under 
section 3203(a) of this title.
    ``(b) Approval.--Upon receipt of a safety management plan submitted 
under subsection (a), the Secretary shall review the plan and approve 
it if the Secretary determines that it is consistent with and will 
assist in implementing the safety management system established under 
section 3203.
    ``(c) Prohibition on Vessel Operation.--A vessel to which this 
chapter applies under section 3202(a) may not be operated without 
having on board a Safety Management Certificate and a copy of a 
Document of Compliance issued for the vessel under section 3205 of this 
title.
``Sec. 3205. Certification
    ``(a) Issuance of Certificate and Document.--After verifying that 
the responsible person for a vessel to which this chapter applies and 
the vessel comply with the applicable requirements under this chapter, 
the Secretary shall issue for the vessel, on request of the responsible 
person, a Safety Management Certificate and a Document of Compliance.
    ``(b) Maintenance of Certificate and Document.--A Safety Management 
Certificate and a Document of Compliance issued for a vessel under this 
section shall be maintained by the responsible person for the vessel as 
required by the Secretary.
    ``(c) Verification of Compliance.--The Secretary shall--
            ``(1) periodically review whether a responsible person 
        having a safety management plan approved under section 3204(b) 
        and each vessel to which the plan applies is complying with the 
        plan; and
            ``(2) revoke the Secretary's approval of the plan and each 
        Safety Management Certificate and Document of Compliance issued 
        to the person for a vessel to which the plan applies, if the 
        Secretary determines that the person or a vessel to which the 
        plan applies has not complied with the plan.
    ``(d) Enforcement.--At the request of the Secretary, the Secretary 
of the Treasury shall withhold or revoke the clearance required by 
section 4197 of the Revised Statutes (46 App. U.S.C. 91) of a vessel 
that is subject to this chapter under section 3202(a) of this title or 
to the International Safety Management Code, if the vessel does not 
have on board a Safety Management Certificate and a copy of a Document 
of Compliance for the vessel. Clearance may be granted on filing a bond 
or other surety satisfactory to the Secretary.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of chapters at the beginning of 
subtitle II of title 46, United States Code, is amended by inserting 
after the item relating to chapter 31 the following:

``32. Management of vessels.................................    3201''.
    (c) Study.--
            (1) Study.--The Secretary of Transportation shall conduct, 
        in cooperation with the owners, charterers, and managing 
        operators of vessels documented under chapter 121 of title 46, 
        United States Code, and other interested persons, a study of 
        the methods that may be used to implement and enforce the 
        International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships 
        and for Pollution Prevention under chapter IX of the Annex to 
        the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 
        1974.
            (2) Report.--The Secretary shall submit to the Congress a 
        report of the results of the study required under paragraph (1) 
        before the earlier of--
                    (A) the date that final regulations are prescribed 
                under section 3203 of title 46, United States Code (as 
                enacted by subsection (a)); or
                    (B) the date that is 1 year after the date of 
                enactment of this Act.

SEC. 503. USE OF REPORTS, DOCUMENTS, RECORDS, AND EXAMINATIONS OF OTHER 
              PERSONS.

    (a) Reports, Documents, and Records.--Chapter 31 of title 46, 
United States Code, is amended by adding the following new section:
``Sec. 3103. Use of reports, documents, and records
    ``The Secretary may rely, as evidence of compliance with this 
subtitle, on--
            ``(1) reports, documents, and records of other persons who 
        have been determined by the Secretary to be reliable; and
            ``(2) other methods the Secretary has determined to be 
        reliable.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections for chapter 31 of 
title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the 
following:

``3103. Use of reports, documents, and records.''.
    (c) Examinations.--Section 3308 of title 46, United States Code, is 
amended by inserting ``or have examined'' after ``examine''.

SEC. 504. EQUIPMENT APPROVAL.

    (a) In General.--Section 3306(b) of title 46, United States Code, 
is amended to read as follows:
    ``(b)(1) Equipment and material subject to regulation under this 
section may not be used on any vessel without prior approval of the 
Secretary.
    ``(2) Except with respect to use on a public vessel, the Secretary 
may treat an approval of equipment or materials by a foreign government 
as approval by the Secretary for purposes of paragraph (1) if the 
Secretary determines that--
            ``(A) the design standards and testing procedures used by 
        that government meet the requirements of the International 
        Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974;
            ``(B) the approval of the equipment or material by the 
        foreign government will secure the safety of individuals and 
        property on board vessels subject to inspection; and
            ``(C) for lifesaving equipment, the foreign government--
                    ``(i) has given equivalent treatment to approvals 
                of lifesaving equipment by the Secretary; and
                    ``(ii) otherwise ensures that lifesaving equipment 
                approved by the Secretary may be used on vessels that 
                are documented and subject to inspection under the laws 
                of that country.''.
    (b) Foreign Approvals.--The Secretary of Transportation, in 
consultation with other interested Federal agencies, shall work with 
foreign governments to have those governments approve the use of the 
same equipment and materials on vessels documented under the laws of 
those countries that the Secretary requires on United States documented 
vessels.
    (c) Technical Amendment.--Section 3306(a)(4) of title 46, United 
States Code, is amended by striking
 ``clauses (1)-(3)'' and inserting ``paragraphs (1), (2), and (3)''.
SEC. 505. FREQUENCY OF INSPECTION.

    (a) Frequency of Inspection, Generally.--Section 3307 of title 46, 
United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (1)--
                    (A) by striking ``nautical school vessel'' and 
                inserting ``, nautical school vessel, and small 
                passenger vessel allowed to carry more than 12 
                passengers on a foreign voyage''; and
                    (B) by adding ``and'' after the semicolon at the 
                end;
            (2) by striking paragraph (2) and redesignating paragraph 
        (3) as paragraph (2); and
            (3) in paragraph (2) (as so redesignated), by striking ``2 
        years'' and inserting ``5 years''.
    (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 3710(b) of title 46, United 
States Code, is amended by striking ``24 months'' and inserting ``5 
years''.

SEC. 506. CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION.

    Section 3309(c) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``(but not more than 60 days)''.

SEC. 507. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY OF SECRETARY TO CLASSIFICATION 
              SOCIETIES.

    (a) Authority To Delegate.--Section 3316 of title 46, United States 
Code, is amended--
            (1) by striking subsections (a) and (d);
            (2) by redesignating subsections (b) and (c) as subsections 
        (a) and (b), respectively; and
            (3) in subsection (b), as so redesignated, by--
                    (A) redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3); 
                and
                    (B) striking so much of the subsection as precedes 
                paragraph (3), as so redesignated, and inserting the 
                following:
    ``(b)(1) The Secretary may delegate to the American Bureau of 
Shipping or another classification society recognized by the Secretary 
as meeting acceptable standards for such a society, for a vessel 
documented or to be documented under chapter 121 of this title, the 
authority to--
            ``(A) review and approve plans required for issuing a 
        certificate of inspection required by this part;
            ``(B) conduct inspections and examinations; and
            ``(C) issue a certificate of inspection required by this 
        part and other related documents.
    ``(2) The Secretary may make a delegation under paragraph (1) to a 
foreign classification society only--
            ``(A) to the extent that the government of the foreign 
        country in which the society is headquartered delegates 
        authority and provides access to the American Bureau of 
        Shipping to inspect, certify, and provide related services to 
        vessels documented in that country; and
            ``(B) if the foreign classification society has offices and 
        maintains records in the United States.''.
    (b) Conforming Amendments.--
            (1) The heading for section 3316 of title 46, United States 
        Code, is amended to read as follows:
``Sec. 3316. Classification societies''.
            (2) The table of sections for chapter 33 of title 46, 
        United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to 
        section 3316 and inserting the following:

``3316. Classification societies.''.
                   TITLE VI--DOCUMENTATION OF VESSELS
SEC. 601. AUTHORITY TO ISSUE COASTWISE ENDORSEMENTS.

    Section 12106 of title 46, United States Code, is further amended 
by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(g) A coastwise endorsement may be issued for a vessel that--
            ``(1) is less than 200 gross tons;
            ``(2) is eligible for documentation;
            ``(3) was built in the United States; and
            ``(4) was--
                    ``(A) sold foreign in whole or in part; or
                    ``(B) placed under foreign registry.''.

SEC. 602. VESSEL DOCUMENTATION FOR CHARITY CRUISES.

    (a) Authority To Document Vessels.--
            (1) In general.--Notwithstanding section 27 of the Merchant 
        Marine Act, 1920 (46 App. U.S.C. 883), the Act of June 19, 1886 
        (46 App. U.S.C. 289), and section 12106 of title 46, United 
        States Code, and subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary of 
        Transportation may issue a certificate of documentation with a 
        coastwise endorsement for each of the following vessels:
                    (A) GALLANT LADY (Feadship hull number 645, 
                approximately 130 feet in length).
                    (B) GALLANT LADY (Feadship hull number 651, 
                approximately 172 feet in length).
            (2) Limitation on operation.--Coastwise trade authorized 
        under a certificate of documentation issued for a vessel under 
        this section shall be limited to carriage of passengers in 
        association with contributions to charitable organizations no 
        portion of which is received, directly or indirectly, by the 
        owner of the vessel.
            (3) Condition.--The Secretary may not issue any certificate 
        of documentation under paragraph (1) unless the owner of the 
        vessel referred to in paragraph (1)(A) (in this section 
        referred to as the ``owner''), within 90 days after the date of 
        the enactment of this Act, submits to the Secretary a letter 
        expressing the intent of the owner to enter into a contract 
        before October 1, 1996, for construction in the United States 
        of a passenger vessel of at least 130 feet in length.
            (4) Effective date of certificates.--A certificate of 
        documentation issued under paragraph (1)--
                    (A) for the vessel referred to in paragraph (1)(A), 
                shall take effect on the date of issuance of the 
                certificate; and
                    (B) for the vessel referred to in paragraph (1)(B), 
                shall take effect on the date of delivery of the vessel 
                to the owner.
    (b) Termination of Effectiveness of Certificates.--A certificate of 
documentation issued for a vessel under section (a)(1) shall expire--
            (1) on the date of the sale of the vessel by the owner;
            (2) on October 1, 1996, if the owner has not entered into a 
        contract for construction of a vessel in accordance with the 
        letter of intent submitted to the Secretary under subsection 
        (a)(3); and
            (3) on any date on which such a contract is breached, 
        rescinded, or terminated (other than for completion of 
        performance of the contract) by the owner.
SEC. 603. EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR CONVERSION OF VESSEL M/V TWIN 
              DRILL.

    Section 601(d) of Public Law 103-206 (107 Stat. 2445) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (3), by striking ``1995'' and inserting 
        ``1996''; and
            (2) in paragraph (4), by striking ``12'' and inserting 
        ``24''.

SEC. 604. DOCUMENTATION OF VESSEL RAINBOW'S END.

    Notwithstanding section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 (46 
App. U.S.C. 883), the Act of June 19, 1886 (46 App. U.S.C. 289), and 
sections 12106, 12107,
 and 12108 of title 46, United States Code, the Secretary of 
Transportation may issue a certificate of documentation with 
appropriate endorsements for employment in the coastwise trade, Great 
Lakes trade, and the fisheries for the vessel RAINBOW'S END (official 
number 1026899; hull identification number MY13708C787).

SEC. 605. DOCUMENTATION OF VESSEL GLEAM.

    Notwithstanding section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 (46 
App. U.S.C. 883), the Act of June 19, 1886 (46 App. U.S.C. 289), and 
section 12106 of title 46, United States Code, the Secretary of 
Transportation may issue a certificate of documentation with 
appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the 
vessel GLEAM (United States official number 921594).
SEC. 606. DOCUMENTATION OF VARIOUS VESSELS.

    (a) In General.--Notwithstanding section 27 of the Merchant Marine 
Act, 1920 (46 App. U.S.C. 883), the Act of June 19, 1886 (46 App. 
U.S.C. 289), the Act of May 28, 1906 (46 App. U.S.C. 292), and sections 
12106, 12107, and 12108 of title 46, United States Code, the Secretary 
of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating may issue a 
certificate of documentation with appropriate endorsements for each of 
the vessels listed in subsection (b).
    (b) Vessels Described.--The vessels referred to in subsection (a) 
are the following:
            (1) ANNAPOLIS (United States official number 999008).
            (2) CHESAPEAKE (United States official number 999010).
            (3) CONSORT (United States official number 999005).
            (4) CURTIS BAY (United States official number 999007).
            (5) HAMPTON ROADS (United States official number 999009).
            (6) JAMESTOWN (United States official number 999006).
            (7) 2 barges owned by Roen Salvage (a corporation organized 
        under the laws of the State of Wisconsin) and numbered by that 
        company as barge 103 and barge 203.
            (8) RATTLESNAKE (Canadian registry official number 802702).
            (9) CAROLYN (Tennessee State registration number TN1765C).
            (10) SMALLEY (6808 Amphibious Dredge, Florida State 
        registration number FL1855FF).
            (11) BEULA LEE (United States official number 928211).
            (12) FINESSE (Florida State official number 7148HA).
            (13) WESTEJORD (Hull Identification Number X-53-109).
            (14) MAGIC CARPET (United States official number 278971).
            (15) AURA (United States official number 1027807).
            (16) ABORIGINAL (United States official number 942118).
            (17) ISABELLE (United States official number 600655).
            (18) 3 barges owned by the Harbor Marine Corporation (a 
        corporation organized under the laws of the State of Rhode 
        Island) and referred to by that company as Harbor 221, Harbor 
        223, and Gene Elizabeth.
            (19) SHAMROCK V (United States official number 900936).
            (20) ENDEAVOUR (United States official number 947869).
            (21) CHRISSY (State of Maine registration number 4778B).
            (22) EAGLE MAR (United States official number 575349).

SEC. 607. DOCUMENTATION OF 4 BARGES.

    (a) In General.--Notwithstanding section 27 of the Merchant Marine 
Act, 1920 (46 App. U.S.C. 883), section 1 of the Act of May 28, 1906 
(46 App. U.S.C. 292), and section 12106 of title 46, United States 
Code, the Secretary of Transportation may issue a certificate of 
documentation with appropriate endorsements for each of the vessels 
listed in subsection (b).
    (b) Vessels Described.--The vessels referred to in subsection (a) 
are 4 barges owned by McLean Contracting Company (a corporation 
organized under the laws of the State of Maryland) and numbered by that 
company as follows:
            (1) Barge 76 (official number 1030612).
            (2) Barge 77 (official number 1030613).
            (3) Barge 78 (official number 1030614).
            (4) Barge 100 (official number 1030615).

SEC. 608. LIMITED WAIVER FOR ENCHANTED ISLE AND ENCHANTED SEAS.

    Notwithstanding section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 (46 
App. U.S.C. 883), the Act of June 19, 1886 (46 App. U.S.C. 289), 
section 12106 of title 46, United States Code, section 506 of the 
Merchant Marine Act, 1936 (46 App. U.S.C. 1156), and any agreement with 
the United States Government, the Secretary of Transportation may issue 
a certificate of documentation with a coastwise endorsement for the 
vessels ENCHANTED ISLE (Panamanian official number 14087-84B) and 
ENCHANTED SEAS (Panamanian official number 14064-84D), except that the 
vessels may not operate between or among islands in the State of 
Hawaii.

SEC. 609. LIMITED WAIVER FOR MV PLATTE.

    Notwithstanding any other law or any agreement with the United 
States Government, the vessel MV PLATTE (ex-SPIRIT OF TEXAS) (United 
States official number 653210) may be sold to a person that is not a 
citizen of the United States and transferred to or placed under a 
foreign registry.

             TITLE VII--TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS

SEC. 701. AMENDMENT OF INLAND NAVIGATION RULES.

    Section 2 of the Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980 is amended--
            (1) by amending Rule 9(e)(i) (33 U.S.C. 2009(e)(i)) to read 
        as follows:
    ``(i) In a narrow channel or fairway when overtaking, the power-
driven vessel intending to overtake another power-driven vessel shall 
indicate her intention by sounding the appropriate signal prescribed in 
Rule 34(c) and take steps to permit safe passing. The power-driven 
vessel being overtaken, if in agreement, shall sound the same signal 
and may, if specifically agreed to take steps to permit safe passing. 
If in doubt she shall sound the danger signal prescribed in Rule 
34(d).'';
            (2) in Rule 15(b) (33 U.S.C. 2015(b)) by inserting ``power-
        driven'' after ``Secretary, a'';
            (3) in Rule 23(a)(i) (33 U.S.C. 2023(a)(i)) after 
        ``masthead light forward''; by striking ``except that a vessel 
        of less than 20 meters in length need not exhibit this light 
        forward of amidships but shall exhibit it as far forward as is 
        practicable;'';
            (4) by amending Rule 24(f) (33 U.S.C. 2024(f)) to read as 
        follows:
    ``(f) Provided that any number of vessels being towed alongside or 
pushed in a group shall be lighted as one vessel, except as provided in 
paragraph (iii)--
            ``(i) a vessel being pushed ahead, not being part of a 
        composite unit, shall exhibit at the forward end, sidelights 
        and a special flashing light;
            ``(ii) a vessel being towed alongside shall exhibit a 
        sternlight and at the forward end, sidelights and a special 
        flashing light; and
            ``(iii) when vessels are towed alongside on both sides of 
        the towing vessels a stern light shall be exhibited on the 
        stern of the outboard vessel on each side of the towing vessel, 
        and a single set of sidelights as far forward and as far 
        outboard as is practicable, and a single special flashing 
        light.'';
            (5) in Rule 26 (33 U.S.C 2026)--
                    (A) in each of subsections (b)(i) and (c)(i) by 
                striking ``a vessel of less than 20 meters in length 
                may instead of this shape exhibit a basket;''; and
                    (B) by amending subsection (d) to read as follows:
    ``(d) The additional signals described in Annex II to these Rules 
apply to a vessel engaged in fishing in close proximity to other 
vessels engaged in fishing.''; and
            (6) by amending Rule 34(h) (33 U.S.C. 2034) to read as 
        follows:
    ``(h) A vessel that reaches agreement with another vessel in a 
head-on, crossing, or overtaking situation, as for example, by using 
the radiotelephone as prescribed by the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge 
Radiotelephone Act (85 Stat. 164; 33 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.), is not 
obliged to sound the whistle signals prescribed by this rule, but may 
do so. If agreement is not reached, then whistle signals shall be 
exchanged in a timely manner and shall prevail.''.

SEC. 702. MEASUREMENT OF VESSELS.

    Section 14104 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
redesignating the existing text after the section
 heading as subsection (a) and by adding at the end the following new 
subsection:
    ``(b) If a statute allows for an alternate tonnage to be prescribed 
under this section, the Secretary may prescribe it by regulation. The 
alternate tonnage shall, to the maximum extent possible, be equivalent 
to the statutorily established tonnage. Until an alternate tonnage is 
prescribed, the statutorily established tonnage shall apply to vessels 
measured under chapter 143 or chapter 145 of this title.''.

SEC. 703. LONGSHORE AND HARBOR WORKERS COMPENSATION.

    Section 3(d)(3)(B) of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' 
Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 903(d)(3)(B)) is amended by inserting after 
``1,600 tons gross'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 
of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured under 
section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the Secretary under 
section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 704. RADIOTELEPHONE REQUIREMENTS.

    Section 4(a)(2) of the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Act 
(33 U.S.C. 1203(a)(2)) is amended by inserting after ``one hundred 
gross tons'' the following ``as measured under section 14502 of title 
46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured under section 
14302 of that title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 
of that title,''.

SEC. 705. VESSEL OPERATING REQUIREMENTS.

    Section 4(a)(3) of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act (33 U.S.C. 
1223(a)(3)) is amended by inserting after ``300 gross tons'' the 
following: ``as measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States 
Code, or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that 
title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of that 
title''.

SEC. 706. MERCHANT MARINE ACT, 1920.

    Section 27A of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 (46 U.S.C. App. 883-
1), is amended by inserting after ``five hundred gross tons'' the 
following: ``as measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States 
Code, or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that 
title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of that 
title,''.

SEC. 707. MERCHANT MARINE ACT, 1956.

    Section 2 of the Act of June 14, 1956 (46 U.S.C. App. 883a), is 
amended by inserting after ``five hundred gross tons'' the following: 
``as measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or 
an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that title as 
prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 708. MARITIME EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

    Section 1302(4)(A) of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 (46 U.S.C. App. 
1295a(4)(a)) is amended by inserting after ``1,000 gross tons or more'' 
the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of title 46, United 
States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of 
that title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of that 
title''.

SEC. 709. GENERAL DEFINITIONS.

    Section 2101 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (13), by inserting after ``15 gross tons'' 
        the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of title 46, 
        United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured under 
        section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the Secretary 
        under section 14104 of that title'';
            (2) in paragraph (13a), by inserting after ``3,500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (3) in paragraph (19), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (4) in paragraph (22), by inserting after ``100 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (5) in paragraph (30)(A), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (6) in paragraph (32), by inserting after ``100 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (7) in paragraph (33), by inserting after ``300 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as
         prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of that 
title'';
            (8) in paragraph (35), by inserting after ``100 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (9) in paragraph (42), by inserting after ``100 gross 
        tons'' each place it appears, the following: ``as measured 
        under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an 
        alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that title as 
        prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of that 
        title''.

SEC. 710. AUTHORITY TO EXEMPT CERTAIN VESSELS.

    Section 2113 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (4), by inserting after ``at least 100 
        gross tons but less than 300 gross tons'' the following: ``as 
        measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, 
        or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that 
        title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of 
        that title''; and
            (2) in paragraph (5), by inserting after ``at least 100 
        gross tons but less than 500 gross tons'' the following: ``as 
        measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, 
        or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that 
        title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of 
        that title''.

SEC. 711. INSPECTION OF VESSELS.

    Section 3302 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (c)(1), by inserting after ``5,000 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (2) in subsection (c)(2), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (3) in subsection (c)(3), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (4) in subsection (c)(4)(A), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (5) in subsection (d)(1), by inserting after ``150 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (6) in subsection (i)(1)(A), by inserting after ``300 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (7) in subsection (j), by inserting after ``15 gross tons'' 
        the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of title 46, 
        United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured under 
        section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the Secretary 
        under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 712. REGULATIONS.

    Section 3306 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (h), by inserting after ``at least 100 
        gross tons but less than 300 gross tons'' the following: ``as 
        measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, 
        or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that 
        title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of 
        that title''; and
            (2) in subsection (i), by inserting after ``at least 100 
        gross tons but less than 500 gross tons'' the following: ``as 
        measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, 
        or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that 
        title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of 
        that title''.

SEC. 713. PENALTIES--INSPECTION OF VESSELS.

    Section 3318 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a), by inserting after ``100 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (2) in subsection (j)(1), by inserting after ``1,600 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 714. APPLICATION--TANK VESSELS.

    Section 3702 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (b)(1), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (2) in subsection (c), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (3) in subsection (d), by inserting after ``5,000 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.
SEC. 715. TANK VESSEL CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS.

    Section 3703a of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (b)(2), by inserting after ``5,000 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (2) in subsection (c)(2), by inserting after ``5,000 gross 
        tons'' each place it appears the following: ``as measured under 
        section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate 
        tonnage measured under section 14302 of that title as 
        prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of that 
        title'';
            (3) in subsection (c)(3)(A), by inserting after ``15,000 
        gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 
        of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
        measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (4) in subsection (c)(3)(B), by inserting after ``30,000 
        gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 
        of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
        measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (5) in subsection (c)(3)(C), by inserting after ``30,000 
        gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 
        of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
        measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 716. TANKER MINIMUM STANDARDS.

    Section 3707 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a), by inserting after ``10,000 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (2) in subsection (b), by inserting after ``10,000 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.
SEC. 717. SELF-PROPELLED TANK VESSEL MINIMUM STANDARDS.

    Section 3708 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``10,000 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured 
under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate 
tonnage measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 718. DEFINITION--ABANDONMENT OF BARGES.

    Section 4701(1) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``100 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 719. APPLICATION--LOAD LINES.

    Section 5102(b) of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (4), by inserting after ``5,000 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (2) in paragraph (5), by inserting after ``500 gross tons'' 
        the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of title 46, 
        United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured under 
        section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the Secretary 
        under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (3) in paragraph (10), by inserting after ``150 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 720. LICENSING OF INDIVIDUALS.

    Section 7101(e)(3) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``1,600 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 721. ABLE SEAMEN--LIMITED.

    Section 7308 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``100 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.
SEC. 722. ABLE SEAMEN--OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSELS.

    Section 7310 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``500 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 723. SCALE OF EMPLOYMENT--ABLE SEAMEN.

    Section 7312 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (b), by inserting after ``1,600 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (2) in subsection (c)(1), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (3) in subsection (d), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (4) in subsection (f)(1), by inserting after ``5,000 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (5) in subsection (f)(2), by inserting after ``5,000 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 724. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS--ENGINE DEPARTMENT.

    Section 7313(a) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``100 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 725. COMPLEMENT OF INSPECTED VESSELS.

    Section 8101(h) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``100 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 726. WATCHMEN.

    Section 8102(b) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``100 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 727. CITIZENSHIP AND NAVAL RESERVE REQUIREMENTS.

    Section 8103(b)(3)(A) of title 46, United States Code, is amended 
by inserting after ``1,600 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured 
under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate 
tonnage measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 728. WATCHES.

    Section 8104 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (b), by inserting after ``100 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (2) in subsection (d), by inserting after ``100 gross 
        tons'' and after ``5,000 gross tons'' the following: ``as 
        measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, 
        or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that 
        title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of 
        that title'';
            (3) in subsection (l)(1), by inserting after ``1,600 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (4) in subsection (m)(1), by inserting after ``1,600 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (5) in subsection (o)(1), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (6) in subsection (o)(2), by inserting after ``500 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 729. MINIMUM NUMBER OF LICENSED INDIVIDUALS.

    Section 8301 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)(2), by inserting after ``1,000 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title'';
            (2) in subsection (a)(3), by inserting after ``at least 200 
        gross tons but less than 1,000 gross tons'' the following: ``as 
        measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, 
        or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that 
        title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of 
        that title'';
            (3) in subsection (a)(4), by inserting after ``at least 100 
        gross tons but less than 200 gross tons'' the following: ``as 
        measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, 
        or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that 
        title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of 
        that title'';
            (4) in subsection (a)(5), by inserting after ``300 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (5) in subsection (b), by inserting after ``200 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 730. OFFICERS' COMPETENCY CERTIFICATES CONVENTION.

    Section 8304(b)(4) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``200 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 731. MERCHANT MARINERS' DOCUMENTS REQUIRED.

    Section 8701 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a), by inserting after ``100 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (2) in subsection (a)(6), by inserting after ``1,600 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 732. CERTAIN CREW REQUIREMENTS.

    Section 8702 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a), by inserting after ``100 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''; and
            (2) in subsection (a)(6), by inserting after ``1,600 gross 
        tons'' the following: ``as measured under section 14502 of 
        title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage measured 
        under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
        Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.
SEC. 733. FREIGHT VESSELS.

    Section 8901 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``100 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 734. EXEMPTIONS.

    Section 8905(b) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``200 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 735. UNITED STATES REGISTERED PILOT SERVICE.

    Section 9303(a)(2) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``4,000 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 736. DEFINITIONS--MERCHANT SEAMEN PROTECTION.

    Section 10101(4)(B) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``1,600 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 737. APPLICATION--FOREIGN AND INTERCOASTAL VOYAGES.

    Section 10301(a)(2) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``75 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 738. APPLICATION--COASTWISE VOYAGES.

    Section 10501(a) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``50 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 739. FISHING AGREEMENTS.

    Section 10601(a)(1) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``20 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 740. ACCOMMODATIONS FOR SEAMEN.

    Section 11101(a) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``100 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 741. MEDICINE CHESTS.

    Section 11102(a) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``75 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.
SEC. 742. LOGBOOK AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS.

    Section 11301(a)(2) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after ``100 gross tons'' the following: ``as measured under 
section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an alternate tonnage 
measured under section 14302 of that title as prescribed by the 
Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 743. COASTWISE ENDORSEMENTS.

    Section 12106(c)(1) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``two hundred gross tons'' and inserting ``200 gross tons as 
measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an 
alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that title as 
prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 744. FISHERY ENDORSEMENTS.

    Section 12108(c)(1) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``two hundred gross tons'' and inserting ``200 gross tons as 
measured under section 14502 of title 46, United States Code, or an 
alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of that title as 
prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of that title''.

SEC. 745. CLERICAL AMENDMENT.

    Chapter 121 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by striking the first section 12123; and
            (2) in the table of sections at the beginning of the 
        chapter by striking the first item relating to section 12123.

SEC. 746. REPEAL OF GREAT LAKES ENDORSEMENTS.

    (a) Repeal.--Section 12107 of title 46, United States Code, is 
repealed.
    (b) Conforming Amendments.--
            (1) The analysis at the beginning of chapter 121 of title 
        46, United States Code, is amended by striking the item 
        relating to section 12107.
            (2) Section 12101(b)(3) of title 46, United States Code, is 
        repealed.
            (3) Section 4370(a) of the Revised Statutes of the United 
        States (46 App. U.S.C. 316(a)) is amended by striking ``or 
        12107''.
            (4) Section 2793 of the Revised Statutes of the United 
        States (46 App. U.S.C. 111, 123) is amended--
                    (A) by striking ``coastwise, Great Lakes 
                endorsement'' and all that follows through ``foreign 
                ports,'' and inserting ``registry endorsement, engaged 
                in foreign trade on the Great Lakes or their tributary 
                or connecting waters in trade with Canada,''; and
                    (B) by striking ``, as if from or to foreign 
                ports''.

SEC. 747. CONVENTION TONNAGE FOR LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, AND DOCUMENTS.

    (a) Authority To Use Convention Tonnage.--Chapter 75 of title 46, 
United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 7506. Convention tonnage for licenses, certificates, and 
              documents
    ``Notwithstanding any provision of section 14302(c) or 14305 of 
this title, the Secretary may--
            ``(1) evaluate the service of an individual who is applying 
        for a license, a certificate of registry, or a merchant 
        mariner's document by using the tonnage as measured under 
        chapter 143 of this title for the vessels on which that service 
        was acquired, and
            ``(2) issue the license, certificate, or document based on 
        that service.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis to chapter 75 of title 46, 
United States Code, is amended by adding a new item as follows:

``7506. Convention tonnage for licenses, certificates, and 
                            documents.''.
              TITLE VIII--COAST GUARD AUXILIARY AMENDMENTS

SEC. 801. ADMINISTRATION OF THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY.

    (a) In General.--Section 821 of title 14, United States Code, is 
amended to read as follows:
``Sec. 821. Administration of the Coast Guard Auxiliary
    ``(a) The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a nonmilitary organization 
administered by the Commandant under the direction of the Secretary. 
For command, control, and administrative purposes, the Auxiliary shall 
include such organizational elements and units as are approved by the 
Commandant, including but not limited to, a national board and staff 
(to be known as the `Auxiliary headquarters unit'), districts, regions, 
divisions, flotillas, and other organizational elements and units. The 
Auxiliary organization and its officers shall have such rights, 
privileges, powers, and duties as may be granted to them by the 
Commandant, consistent with this title and other applicable provisions 
of law. The Commandant may delegate to officers of the Auxiliary the 
authority vested in the Commandant by this section, in the manner and 
to the extent the Commandant considers necessary or appropriate for the 
functioning, organization, and internal administration of the 
Auxiliary.
    ``(b) Each organizational element or unit of the Coast Guard 
Auxiliary organization (but excluding any corporation formed by an 
organizational element or unit of the Auxiliary under subsection (c) of 
this section), shall, except when acting outside the scope of section 
822, at all times be deemed to be an instrumentality of the United 
States, for purposes of--
            ``(1) chapter 26 of title 28 (popularly known as the 
        Federal Tort Claims Act);
            ``(2) section 2733 of title 10 (popularly known as the 
        Military Claims Act);
            ``(3) the Act of March 3, 1925 (46 App. U.S.C. 781-790; 
        popularly known as the Public Vessels Act);
            ``(4) the Act of March 9, 1920 (46 App. U.S.C. 741-752; 
        popularly known as the Suits in Admiralty Act);
            ``(5) the Act of June 19, 1948 (46 App. U.S.C. 740; 
        popularly known as the Admiralty Extension Act); and
            ``(6) other matters related to noncontractual civil 
        liability.
    ``(c) The national board of the Auxiliary, and any Auxiliary 
district or region, may form a corporation under State law in 
accordance with policies established by the Commandant.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
chapter 23 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by striking the 
item relating to section 821, and inserting the following:

``821. Administration of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.''.
SEC. 802. PURPOSE OF THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY.

    (a) In General.--Section 822 of title 14, United States Code, is 
amended to read as follows:
``Sec. 822. Purpose of the Coast Guard Auxiliary
    ``The purpose of the Auxiliary is to assist the Coast Guard as 
authorized by the Commandant, in performing any Coast Guard function, 
power, duty, role, mission, or operation authorized by law.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
chapter 23 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by striking the 
item relating to section 822 and inserting the following:

``822. Purpose of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.''.
SEC. 803. MEMBERS OF THE AUXILIARY; STATUS.

    (a) In General.--Section 823 of title 14, United States Code, is 
amended--
            (1) in the heading by adding ``, and status'' after 
        ``enrollments'';
            (2) by inserting ``(a)'' before ``The Auxiliary''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following new subsections:
    ``(b) A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is not a Federal 
employee except for the following purposes:
            ``(1) Chapter 26 of title 28 (popularly known as the 
        Federal Tort Claims Act).
            ``(2) Section 2733 of title 10 (popularly known as the 
        Military Claims Act).
            ``(3) The Act of March 3, 1925 (46 App. U.S.C. 781-790; 
        popularly known as the Public Vessel Act).
            ``(4) The Act of March 9, 1920 (46 App. U.S.C. 741-752; 
        popularly known as the Suits in Admiralty Act).
            ``(5) The Act of June 19, 1948 (46 App. U.S.C. 740; 
        popularly known as the Admiralty Extension Act).
            ``(6) Other matters related to noncontractual civil 
        liability.
            ``(7) Compensation for work injuries under chapter 81 of 
        title 5.
            ``(8) The resolution of claims relating to damage to or 
        loss of personal property of the member incident to service 
        under section 3721 of title 31 (popularly known as the Military 
        Personnel and Civilian Employees' Claims Act of 1964).
    ``(c) A member of the Auxiliary, while assigned to duty, shall be 
deemed to be a person acting under an officer of the United States or 
an agency thereof for purposes of section 1442(a)(1) of title 28.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
chapter 23 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by striking the 
item relating to section 823 and inserting the following:

``823. Eligibility, enrollments, and status.''.
SEC. 804. ASSIGNMENT AND PERFORMANCE OF DUTIES.

    (a) Travel and Subsistence Expense.--Section 830(a) of title 14, 
United States Code, is amended by striking ``specific''.
    (b) Assignment of General Duties.--Section 831 of title 14, United 
States Code, is amended by striking ``specific'' each place it appears.
    (c) Benefits for Injury or Death.--Section 832 of title 14, United 
States Code, is amended by striking ``specific'' each place it appears.

SEC. 805. COOPERATION WITH OTHER AGENCIES, STATES, TERRITORIES, AND 
              POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.

    (a) In General.--Section 141 of title 14, United States Code, is 
amended--
            (1) by striking the section heading and inserting the 
        following:
``Sec. 141. Cooperation with other agencies, States, territories, and 
              political subdivisions'';
            (2) in the first sentence of subsection (a), by inserting 
        after ``personnel and facilities'' the following: ``(including 
        members of the Auxiliary and facilities governed under chapter 
        23)''; and
            (3) by adding at the end of subsection (a) the following 
        new sentence: ``The Commandant may prescribe conditions, 
        including reimbursement, under which personnel and facilities 
        may be provided under this subsection.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
chapter 7 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by striking the 
item relating to section 141 and inserting the following:

``141. Cooperation with other agencies, States, territories, and 
                            political subdivisions.''.
SEC. 806. VESSEL DEEMED PUBLIC VESSEL.
    Section 827 of title 14, United States Code, is amended to read as 
follows:
``Sec. 827. Vessel deemed public vessel
    ``While assigned to authorized Coast Guard duty, any motorboat or 
yacht shall be deemed to be a public vessel of the United States and a 
vessel of the Coast Guard within the meaning of sections 646 and 647 of 
this title and other applicable provisions of law.''.

SEC. 807. AIRCRAFT DEEMED PUBLIC AIRCRAFT.

    Section 828 of title 14, United States Code, is amended to read as 
follows:
``Sec. 828. Aircraft deemed public aircraft
    ``While assigned to authorized Coast Guard duty, any aircraft shall 
be deemed to be a Coast Guard aircraft, a public vessel of the United 
States, and a vessel of the Coast Guard within the meaning of sections 
646 and 647 of this title and other applicable provisions of law. 
Subject to the provisions of sections 823a and 831 of this title, while 
assigned to duty, qualified Auxiliary pilots shall be deemed to be 
Coast Guard pilots.''.

SEC. 808. DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN MATERIAL.

    Section 641(a) of title 14, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by inserting after ``with or without charge,'' the 
        following: ``to the Coast Guard Auxiliary, including any 
        incorporated unit thereof,''; and
            (2) by striking ``to any incorporated unit of the Coast 
        Guard Auxiliary,''.
            Passed the House of Representatives May 9, 1995.

            Attest:

                                                ROBIN H. CARLE,

                                                                 Clerk.
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