Summary: S.2487 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (09/28/2000)

Maritime Administration Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 to the Department of Transportation for the Maritime Administration.

(Sec. 3) Amends the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 to declare that certain restrictions concerning a vessel built in a foreign country shall not apply to a newly constructed drybulk or breakbulk vessel over 7,500 deadweight tons that has been delivered from a foreign shipyard or contracted for construction in a foreign shipyard before the earlier of two specified dates. Deems U.S.-built any vessel timely contracted for or delivered and documented under U.S. law, if certain conditions are met.

(Sec. 4) Directs the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Transportation, to initiate discussions in all appropriate international forums to establish an international standard for the scrapping of vessels in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

Directs the Secretary of Transportation to develop, and report to specified congressional committees on, a program for the scrapping of obsolete National Defense Reserve Fleet Vessels.

Amends the National Maritime Heritage Act of 1994 to extend, through September 30, 2006, the authority of the Secretary to dispose of certain vessels in the National Defense Reserve Fleet. Requires that such vessels be disposed of in the most cost effective manner to the United States, taking into account the need for disposal, the environment, and safety concerns.

Amends Federal law to authorize the expenditure of funds from the National Defense Sealift Fund for costs related to the scrapping of National Defense Reserve Fleet vessels.

Names vessels in the National Defense Reserve Fleet that may be scrapped in the United States or a foreign country.

(Sec. 5) Requires the Maritime Administration (in its annual report to Congress and its estimated annual budget) to state separately the amount, source, intended use, and nature of any funds (other than funds appropriated to the Administration or to the Secretary for use by the Administration) administered, or subject to oversight, by the Administration.

(Sec. 6) Amends Federal maritime law to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to make a grant to a National Maritime Enhancement Institute for maritime and maritime intermodal research as if the Institute were a university transportation center.

(Sec. 7) Directs the Secretary to study maritime research and technology development, and report the results, including any recommendations, to Congress. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 8) Authorizes the Secretary to convey all right, title, and U.S. interest in the U.S.S. GLACIER (formerly of the National Defense Reserve Fleet) to the Glacier Society, Inc., Bridgeport, Connecticut.