This handy resource provides members of the regulated maritime community with a collection of the laws governing the merchant marine industry. Focusing on the three primary maritime statutes, this book covers Acts such as the Merchant Marine Act, Maritime Security Act, Shipping Act, Public Vessels Act, Emergency Foreign Vessels, Acquisition Act, National Emergencies Act, American Fisheries Act, and Defense Production Act. This one-volume reference addresses procedures such as the documentation and manning of vessels, cross-border financing, and vessel scrapping. It covers other relevant industry issues, too, including maritime liability, National Defense Reserve Fleet/Ready Reserve Force, cabotage, and cargo reservation. Maritime Laws of the United States also covers four military programs and 10 commercial shipyards. Maritime amendments from the 106th Congress, Second Session, are also included.