It is the Legislature’s declared purpose in 20.0201 A.S.C.A., to establish standards for the protection and promotion of the health, safety, and general welfare of the people of the territory in dealing with vessels operating in interisland and coastwise shipping in American Samoa and adjacent waters. The board was created to effect that purpose and these rules promulgated pursuant to 20.0204

(5) A.S.C.A., and the rules set out in this chapter and elsewhere in this title should be construed so as to carry out the legislative purpose.

History: Bd. of Mar. Insp. Regs., eff 16 Oct 72, § 1.03.