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e-CFR Data is current as of October 27, 2008


Title 33: Navigation and Navigable Waters

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PART 6—PROTECTION AND SECURITY OF VESSELS, HARBORS, AND WATERFRONT FACILITIES

Section Contents

Subpart 6.01—Definitions

§ 6.01-1   Commandant.
§ 6.01-2   District Commander.
§ 6.01-3   Captain of the Port.
§ 6.01-4   Waterfront facility.
§ 6.01-5   Security zone.
§ 6.01-6   Area Commander.

Subpart 6.04—General Provisions

§ 6.04-1   Enforcement.
§ 6.04-5   Preventing access of persons, articles or things to vessels, or waterfront facilities.
§ 6.04-6   Establishing security zones; prohibitions with respect thereto.
§ 6.04-7   Visitation, search, and removal.
§ 6.04-8   Possession and control of vessels.
§ 6.04-11   Assistance of other agencies.

Subpart 6.10—Identification and Exclusion of Persons From Vessels and Waterfront Facilities

§ 6.10-1   Issuance of documents and employment of persons aboard vessels.
§ 6.10-5   Access to vessels and waterfront facilities.
§ 6.10-7   Identification credentials.
§ 6.10-9   Appeals.

Subpart 6.12—Supervision and Control of Explosives or Other Dangerous Cargo

§ 6.12-1   General supervision and control.
§ 6.12-3   Approval of facility for dangerous cargo.

Subpart 6.14—Security of Waterfront Facilities and Vessels in Port

§ 6.14-1   Safety measures.
§ 6.14-2   Condition of waterfront facility a danger to vessel.

Subpart 6.16—Sabotage and Subversive Activity

§ 6.16-1   Reporting of sabotage and subversive activity.
§ 6.16-3   Precautions against sabotage.

Subpart 6.18—Penalties

§ 6.18-1   Violations.

Subpart 6.19—Responsibility for Security of Vessels and Waterfront Facilities

§ 6.19-1   Primary responsibility.


Authority:   40 Stat. 220, as amended; 50 U.S.C. 191.

Source:   E. O. 10173, 15 FR 7012, Oct. 20, 1950, unless otherwise noted.Cross Reference:

For regulations implementing the general enforcement provisions contained in Subparts 6.01—Definitions and 6.04—General Provisions, see part 125 of this chapter.

Subpart 6.01—Definitions
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§ 6.01-1   Commandant.
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Commandant as used in this part, means the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.

§ 6.01-2   District Commander.
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District Commander as used in this part, means the officer of the Coast Guard designated by the Commandant to command a Coast Guard District.

§ 6.01-3   Captain of the Port.
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Captain of the Port as used in this part, means the officer of the Coast Guard, under the command of a District Commander, so designated by the Commandant for the purpose of giving immediate direction to Coast Guard law enforcement activities within his assigned area. In addition, the District Commander shall be Captain of the Port with respect to remaining areas in his District not assigned to officers designated by the Commandant as Captain of the Port.

[EO 11249, 30 FR 13001, Oct. 13, 1965]

§ 6.01-4   Waterfront facility.
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Waterfront facility. “Waterfront facility,” as used in this part, means all piers, wharves, docks, or similar structures to which vessels may be secured and naval yards, stations, and installations, including ranges; areas of land, water, or land and water under and in immediate proximity to them; buildings on them or contiguous to them and equipment and materials on or in them.

[EO 13143, 64 FR 68273, Dec. 6, 1999]

§ 6.01-5   Security zone.
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Security zone as used in this part, means all areas of land, water, or land and water, which are so designated by the Captain of the Port for such time as he deems necessary to prevent damage or injury to any vessel or waterfront facility, to safeguard ports, harbors, territories, or waters of the United States or to secure the observance of the rights and obligations of the United States.

[EO 11249, 30 FR 13001, Oct. 13, 1965]

§ 6.01-6   Area Commander.
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Area Commander, as used in this part, means the officer of the Coast Guard designated by the Commandant to command a Coast Guard Area.

[EO 13273, 67 FR 56215, Sept. 3, 2002]

Subpart 6.04—General Provisions
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§ 6.04-1   Enforcement.
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(a) The rules and regulations in this part shall be enforced by the Captain of the Port under the supervision and general direction of the District Commander, Area Commander, and the Commandant. All authority and power vested in the Captain of the Port by the regulations in this part shall be deemed vested in and may be exercised by the District Commander, Area Commander, and the Commandant.

(b) The rules and regulations in this part may be enforced by any other officer or petty officer of the Coast Guard designated by the District Commander, Area Commander, or the Commandant.

(c) Any authority or power under this part vested in, delegated to, or exercised by a member of the Coast Guard shall be subject to the direction of the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating.

[EO 13273, 67 FR 56215, Sept. 3, 2002]

§ 6.04-5   Preventing access of persons, articles or things to vessels, or waterfront facilities.
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The Captain of the Port may prevent any person, article, or thing from boarding or being taken or placed on board any vessel or entering or being taken into or upon or placed in or upon any waterfront facility whenever it appears to him that such action is necessary in order to secure such vessel from damage or injury or to prevent damage or injury to any vessel, or waterfront facility or waters of the United States, or to secure the observances of rights and obligations of the United States.

[EO 11249, 30 FR 13001, Oct. 13, 1965]

§ 6.04-6   Establishing security zones; prohibitions with respect thereto.
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The Captain of a Port may establish security zones subject to the terms and conditions specified in §6.01–5. No person or vessel shall enter a security zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port. No person shall board or take or place any article or thing on board any vessel in a security zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port. No person shall take or place any article or thing upon any waterfront facility in any such zone without such permission.

[EO 11249, 30 FR 13001, Oct. 13, 1965]

§ 6.04-7   Visitation, search, and removal.
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The Captain of the Port may cause to be inspected and searched at any time any vessel, waterfront facility, or security zone, or any person, article, or thing thereon or therein, within the jurisdiction of the United States, may place guards upon any such vessel, waterfront facility, or security zone and may remove therefrom any and all persons, articles, or things not specifically authorized by him to go or remain thereon or therein.

[EO 11249, 30 FR 13002, Oct. 13, 1965]

§ 6.04-8   Possession and control of vessels.
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The Captain of the port may supervise and control the movement of any vessel and shall take full or partial possession or control of any vessel or any part thereof, within the territorial waters of the United States under his jurisdiction, whenever it appears to him that such action is necessary in order to secure such vessel from damage or injury, or to prevent damage or injury to any vessel or waterfront facility or waters of the United States, or to secure the observance of rights and obligations of the United States.

§ 6.04-11   Assistance of other agencies.
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The Captain of the port may enlist the aid and cooperation of Federal, State, county, municipal, and private agencies to assist in the enforcement of regulations issued pursuant to this part.

Subpart 6.10—Identification and Exclusion of Persons From Vessels and Waterfront Facilities
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§ 6.10-1   Issuance of documents and employment of persons aboard vessels.
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No person shall be issued a document required for employment on a merchant vessel of the United States nor shall any person be employed on a merchant vessel of the United States unless the Commandant is satisfied that the character and habits of life of such person are such as to authorize the belief that the presence of the individual on board would not be inimical to the security of the United States: Provided, That the Commandant may designate categories of merchant vessels to which the foregoing shall not apply.

[EO 10352, 17 FR 4624, May 21, 1952]

§ 6.10-5   Access to vessels and waterfront facilities.
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Any person on board any vessel or any person seeking access to any vessel or any waterfront facility within the jurisdiction of the United States may be required to carry identification credentials issued by or otherwise satisfactory to the Commandant. The Commandant may define and designate those categories of vessels and areas of the waterfront wherein such credentials are required.

§ 6.10-7   Identification credentials.
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The identification credential to be issued by the Commandant shall be known as the Coast Guard Port Security Card, and the form of such credential, and the conditions and the manner of its issuance shall be as prescribed by the Commandant after consultation with the Secretary of Labor. The Commandant shall not issue a Coast Guard Port Security Card unless he is satisfied that the character and habits of life of the applicant therefor are such as to authorize the belief that the presence of such individual on board a vessel or within a waterfront facility would not be inimical to the security of the United States. The Commandant shall revoke and require the surrender of a Coast Guard Port Security Card when he is no longer satisfied that the holder is entitled thereto. The Commandant may recognize for the same purpose such other credentials as he may designate in lieu of the Coast Guard Port Security Card.

[EO 10277, 16 FR 7541, Aug. 2, 1951]

§ 6.10-9   Appeals.
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Persons who are refused employment or who are refused the issuance of documents or who are required to surrender such documents, under this subpart, shall have the right of appeal, and the Commandant shall appoint Boards for acting on such appeals. Each such Board shall, so far as practicable, be composed of one Coast Guard officer, one member drawn from management, and one member drawn from labor. The members drawn from management and labor shall, upon suitable security clearance, be nominated by the Secretary of Labor. Such members shall be deemed to be employees of the United States and shall be entitled to compensation under the provisions of section 15 of the act of August 2, 1946 (5 U.S.C. 55a) while performing duties incident to such employment. The Board shall consider each appeal brought before it and, in recommending final action to the Commandant, shall insure the appellant all fairness consistent with the safeguarding of the national security.

Subpart 6.12—Supervision and Control of Explosives or Other Dangerous Cargo
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§ 6.12-1   General supervision and control.
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The Captain of the Port may supervise and control the transportation, handling, loading, discharging, stowage, or storage of hazardous materials on board vessels as covered by the regulations in 49 CFR parts 170–189, 46 CFR parts 150–156, 46 CFR parts 146–148 and the regulations governing tank vessels (46 CFR parts 30–39).

[CGD 77–228, 43 FR 53427, Nov. 16, 1978]

§ 6.12-3   Approval of facility for dangerous cargo.
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The Commandant may designate waterfront facilities for the handling and storage of, and for vessel loading and discharging, explosives, inflammable or combustible liquids in bulk, or other dangerous articles or cargo covered by the regulations referred to in §6.12–1, and may require the owners, operators, masters, and others concerned to secure permits for such handling, storage, loading, and unloading from the Captain of the Port, conditioned upon the fulfillment of such requirements for the safeguarding of such waterfront facilities and vessels as the Commandant may prescribe.

Subpart 6.14—Security of Waterfront Facilities and Vessels in Port
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§ 6.14-1   Safety measures.
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The Commandant, in order to achieve the purposes of this part, may prescribe such conditions and restrictions relating to the safety of waterfront facilities and vessels in port as he finds to be necessary under existing circumstances. Such conditions and restrictions may extend, but shall not be limited to, the inspection, operation, maintenance, guarding, and manning of, and fire-prevention measures for, such vessels and waterfront facilities.

[EO 10277, 16 FR 7541, Aug. 2, 1951]

§ 6.14-2   Condition of waterfront facility a danger to vessel.
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Whenever the captain of the port finds that the mooring of any vessel to a wharf, dock, pier, or other waterfront structure would endanger such vessel, or any other vessel, or the harbor or any facility therein by reason of conditions existing on or about such wharf, dock, pier, or other waterfront structure, including, but not limited to, inadequate guard service, insufficient lighting, fire hazards, inadequate fire protection, unsafe machinery, internal disturbance, or unsatisfactory operation, the captain of the port may prevent the mooring of any vessel to such wharf, dock, pier, or other waterfront structure until the unsatisfactory condition or conditions so found are corrected, and he may, for the same reasons, after any vessel has been moored, compel the shifting of such vessel from any such wharf, dock, pier, or other waterfront structure.

[EO 10277, 16 FR 7541, Aug. 2, 1951]

Subpart 6.16—Sabotage and Subversive Activity
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§ 6.16-1   Reporting of sabotage and subversive activity.
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Evidence of sabotage or subversive activity involving or endangering any vessel, harbor, port, or waterfront facility shall be reported immediately to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to the captain of the port, or to their respective representatives.

§ 6.16-3   Precautions against sabotage.
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The master, owner, agent, or operator of a vessel or waterfront facility shall take all necessary precautions to protect the vessel, waterfront facility, and cargo from sabotage.

Subpart 6.18—Penalties
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§ 6.18-1   Violations.
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Section 2, Title II of the act of June 15, 1917, as amended, 50 U.S.C. 192, provides as follows:

If any owner, agent, master, officer, or person in charge, or any member of the crew of any such vessel fails to comply with any regulation or rule issued or order given under the provisions of this title, or obstructs or interferes with the exercise of any power conferred by this title, the vessel, together with her tackle, apparel, furniture, and equipment, shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture to the United States in the same manner as merchandise is forfeited for violation of the customs revenue laws; and the person guilty of such failure, obstruction, or interference shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than ten years and may, in the discretion of the court, be fined not more than $10,000.

(a) If any other person knowingly fails to comply with any regulation or rule issued or order given under the provisions of this title, or knowingly obstructs or interferes with the exercise of any power conferred by this title, he shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than ten years and may, at the discretion of the court, be fined not more than $10,000.

Subpart 6.19—Responsibility for Security of Vessels and Waterfront Facilities
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§ 6.19-1   Primary responsibility.
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Nothing contained in this part shall be construed as relieving the masters, owners, operators, and agents of vessels or other waterfront facilities from their primary responsibility for the protection and security of such vessels or waterfront facilities.

[EO 10277, 16 FR 7541, Aug. 2, 1951]

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