Chapter 02 - Boat Operations

20.0101 Board of marine inspectors-Establishment.

The board of marine inspectors has been estab…

20.0102 Board of Marine inspectors-Authority.

(a) In 20.0204 A.S.C.A., the board of marine…

20.0103 Legislative intent-Construction.

It is the Legislature’s declared purpose in 2…

20.0104 Laid up vessels exempt-Inspection before operation.

Vessels while laid up and out of commission a…

20.0105 ASG and U.S. vessels exempt.

Any vessel owned or operated by the ASG or th…

20.0106 Definitions.

As used in the rules set forth in this chapte…

20.0107 Foreign vessels-Statutory authority.

Section 20.0230 A.S.C.A., grants the board au…

20.0108 Foreign vessels-Applicability of safety standards.

It is declared to be the policy of the board…

20.0109 Foreign vessels-Inspection.

All vessels entering Pago Pago Harbor operati…

20.0110 Foreign vessels-Licensed master and engineer required.

All foreign vessels must have a master and en…

20.0111 Foreign vessels-Home compliance consideration.

If the board determines that a foreign vessel…

20.0112 Annual inspection-Certificate.

The board shall, once in every year and often…

20.0113 Certificates of registry and inspection.

(a) It shall be the duty of the board to prov…

20.0114 Change of master.

Whenever the master or person having charge o…

20.0115 Failure to report sale or transfer.

If any vessel registered under the laws of Am…

20.0116 Name change.

No master, agent or owner shall in any way ch…

20.0117 Refusal, revocation, suspension, limitation, or modification of certificates.

A certificate of inspection or registry provi…

20.0118 Master and engineer license required.

No person shall operate as the master or engi…

20.0119 Master qualifications.

Master of American Samoa registered vessels:…

20.0120 Engineer’s license qualifications.

All persons operating or performing technical…

20.0121 License renewal.

All licenses shall be renewed every 5 years w…

20.0122 License refusal, revocation, suspension, limitation, modification.

Any license issued by the board may be refuse…

20.0123 Detention of vessels-Safety measure enforcement.

The board may detain any foreign or domestic…

20.0124 Inspection power unrestricted.

Nothing in the rules set forth in this chapte…

20.0125 Operation despite noncompliance.

The board may allow a vessel limited authorit…

20.0126 Violation-Summary fines.

Any person who violates any of the provisions…

20.0127 Violation-Penalties upon conviction.

Notwithstanding any other penalties, any pers…

20.0201 Name and home port markings.

The name of every registered vessel of Americ…

20.0202 Draft numeral markings.

Numerals indicating the draft shall be perman…

20.0203 Load lines.

The stability of the vessel will be establish…

20.0204 Emergency steering apparatus.

Every vessel shall be equipped with emergency…

20.0205 Vessel name on equipment.

All equipment of a vessel such as fire hose,…

20.0206 Bulkheads required.

(a) Less than 100 gross tons: not less than 4…

20.0207 Steering gear, whistle, and telegraph tests.

Not more than 12 hours before departure from…

20.0208 Radio equipment and operation.

Every vessel shall be equipped with a suitabl…

20.0209 Pilothouse-engineroom alternate communication.

Vessels using telegraph between the pilothous…

20.0210 Machinery inspection-Engineer duty-Negligence accountability.

It shall be the duty of an engineer when he a…

20.0211 Machinery-inspection-Standard.

The inspection of machinery prior to and afte…

20.0212 Tail shaft inspection-Dry-docking notice.

(a) Tail shafts shall be drawn biannually or…

20.0213 Sea connection, bilge pump inspection.

At every dry-docking period all sea connectio…

20.0214 Engine, machinery inspection-Guard-rails and covers.

(a) A complete examination shall be made when…

20.0215 Maintenance logbook.

Every master or engineer shall be required to…

20.0216 Electrical wiring standards.

On all vessels using electrical wiring or ele…

20.0217 Life preservers-Life jackets.

(a) Every vessel licensed to operate shall be…

20.0218 Life buoys-Liferings.

(a) Number Required. Every vessel licensed to…

20.0219 Lifeboats-Liferafts.

(a) Every vessel licensed to operate shall ca…

20.0220 Fire axes.

Every vessel shall be required to carry fire…

20.0221 Firehoses.

All firehoses shall be tested to a pressure o…

20.0222 Fire pump-Extinguishers and systems.

(a) All vessels of 100 gross tons and under s…

20.0223 Sanitation.

It shall be the duty of the master and chief…

20.0224 Medical supplies-Water containers.

Every vessel licensed to operate under the pr…

20.0225 Logbook contents-Loading.

(a) Every vessel shall have an official logbo…

20.0226 Deck cargo.

No deck cargo shall be carried unless written…

20.0227 Passenger limit.

(a) The maximum number of passengers permitte…

20.0228 Officers and crew-Crew list.

No vessel operated in American Samoa shall de…

20.0229 Arrival and departures reporting.

The master of any vessel licensed to operate…

20.0230 Explosives-Inflammables-Dangerous articles.

No comphene, nitroglycelin, naphtha benzine,…

20.0231 Lookout-Anchor watch.

Every vessel, when underway during nighttime…

20.0232 Unnecessary whistling.

Unnecessary sounding of a vessel’s whistle is…

20.0233 Interfering, unauthorized lights.

It is prohibited to carry or show any lights…

20.0234 Searchlight use.

Flashing the rays of a searchlight or other b…

20.0235 Rules of the road.

The masters of all vessels shall be required…

20.0236 Casualty reporting-Unsafe conditions.

It shall be the duty of all masters, owners,…

20.0237 Departure clearance.

In addition to the report required in 20.0229…

20.0240 Applicability-Purpose.

The purpose of this article is to regulate mo…

20.0241 Length defined,

“Length” is measured from end to end over the…

20.0242 Operator license.

Every operator of any vessel 40 feet in lengt…

20.0243 Fuel tanks.

Each vessel shall have fuel tanks constructed…

20.0244 Navigational lights.

Each vessel shall be equipped with navigation…

20.0245 Fire extinguishers.

Each vessel shall have on board fire extingui…

20.0246 Distress signals.

Each vessel shall have pyrotechnic day and ni…

20.0247 Anchor.

Each vessel shall have on board a 5/8-inch-di…

20.0248 Tow line.

Each vessel will have on board at all times 1…

20.0249 Liferings.

Each vessel shall have at least 1 lifering at…

20.0250 Compass.

Each vessel shall have at all times a compass…

20.0251 Sweeps.

Each vessel shall have two 16-foot sweeps to…

20.0252 Radar reflector.

Each vessel shall have a metallic radar refle…

20.0253 Radio transceiver-Status and Position reports-Radio operation.

Each vessel shall have a suitable radio trans…

20.0254 Watertight bulkheads.

Each vessel shall have at least 2 watertight…

20.0255 Emergency rations-Water stores.

Each vessel shall carry at all times sufficie…

20.0256 Inspection.

Each vessel shall be inspected as the board d…

20.0257 Life preservers.

Each vessel shall carry aboard sufficient U.S…

20.0258 Flame arrestor-Backfire flare control.

All gasoline-engined vessels shall be equippe…

20.0259 Operation in noncompliance prohibited.

No person shall operate a vessel to which thi…

20.0260 Permitting operation in noncompliance.

The owner shall not allow any person to opera…

20.0261 Bilge pump for emergencies.

All vessels shall be equipped with a suitable…

20.0262 Violation-Penalty.

Persons who violate any provision of this art…

20.0301 Authority.

The rule codified in this chapter is establis…

20.0302 Purpose.

It is the purpose of this chapter to establis…

20.0303 Fees for anchorage or buoy moorage-Customs clearance and visiting approval.

(a) The following mooring, anchorage, and buo…

20.0304 Water-Visitor permits-Assignments-Private buoys.

(a) Owners and operators of vessels are advis…

20.0401 Authority.

The executive order embodied in Rule 13-80 an…

20.0402 Purpose.

This article modifies the wharfage charge, to…

20.0403 Wharfage, tonnage, and storage charges.

(a) The following charges and dues on cargo t…

20.0410 Authority.

The rule codified in this article is adopted…

20.0411 Availability.

Motor launches, tugs and other floating equip…

20.0412 Use charges-Equipment described.

(a) Charges for use of the following floating…

20.0413 Applicability of charges.

The charges established by this article apply…