Congressional Legislation
This summary has been edited for lengthCoast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 - Title I: Authorization - (Sec. 101) Authorizes FY2013-FY2014 appropriations for the Coast Guard for: (1) operation and maintenance; (2) acquisition, construction, rebuilding, and improvement of navigation aids, shore and offshore facilities, vessels, aircraft, and related equipment; (3) the Coast Guard Reserve program; (4) environmental compliance and restoration of vessels, aircraft, and facilities; (
Bill # H.R.2838

Original Sponsor:
Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ 2nd)

Cosponsor Total:
(last sponsor added 09/02/2011)
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Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 - Title I: Authorization - (Sec. 101) Authorizes FY2013-FY2014 appropriations for the Coast Guard for: (1) operation and maintenance; (2) acquisition, construction, rebuilding, and improvement of navigation aids, shore and offshore facilities, vessels, aircraft, and related equipment; (3) the Coast Guard Reserve program; (4) environmental compliance and restoration of vessels, aircraft, and facilities; (5) the Commandant of the Coast Guard for research, development, test, and evaluation of technologies, materials, and human factors directly related to improving the performance of the Coast Guard's mission in search and rescue, aids to navigation, marine safety, marine environmental protection, enforcement of laws and treaties, ice operations, oceanographic research, and defense readiness; and (6) alteration or removal of bridges over U.S. navigable waters, including for personnel and administrative costs of the Alteration of Bridges Program.
Title II: Coast Guard - (Sec. 201) Establishes a class E felony and a civil penalty for knowingly and willingly operating a device with the intention of interfering with the broadcast or reception of a radio, microwave, or other signal (including a global positioning system) transmitted, retransmitted, or augmented by the Coast Guard for the purpose of maritime safety.
Title III: Shipping and Navigation - (Sec. 301) Amends federal shipping laws that require a determination by the Administrator of the Maritime Administration regarding the non-availability of qualified U.S. flag capacity to meet national defense requirements before the head of an agency responsible for the administration of navigation or vessel-inspection laws is authorized on its own initiative to waive compliance with such laws when it considers it necessary in the interest of national defense. Requires the Administrator, in making such determinations, to: (1) identify any actions that could be taken to enable such flag capacity to meet the national defense requirements, (2) provide notice of each determination to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the agency for which the determination is made, and (3) publish each determination on DOT's Internet website.
Title IV: Maritime Administration Authorization - Maritime Administration Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 - (Sec. 402) Authorizes FY2013 appropriations to the DOT for Maritime Administration programs associated with maintaining national security aspects of the merchant marine. Enumerates specific amounts for: (1) operations of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, (2) state maritime academies, (3) disposal of vessels in the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF), (4) maintenance and preservation of a U.S.-flag merchant marine for national security needs, and (5) the cost of certain loan guarantees under the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990.
Title V: Piracy - Piracy Suppression Act of 2012 - (Sec. 502) Directs the DOT Secretary to certify a training curriculum for U.S. mariners on the use of force against pirates including information on Commandant-designated high-risk waters, current threats and patterns of attack, defense tactics, rules for the use of force as self-defense, and procedures to improve crewmember survivability if captured or taken hostage by pirates.
Title VI: Marine Debris - Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012 - (Sec. 602) Renames the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act as the Marine Debris Act.
Title VII: Miscellaneous - (Sec. 701) Permits certain U.S. purse seine fishing vessels fishing exclusively for highly migratory species in the treaty area under a fishing license issued pursuant to the 1987 Treaty on Fisheries Between the Governments of Certain Pacific Islands States and the Government of the United States of America, or transiting to or from the treaty area exclusively for such purpose, to engage duly l ...
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