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house Bill H.R. 3376

United States Mariner and Vessel Protection Act of 2009

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      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
    IntroducedJuly 29th, 2009

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United States Mariner and Vessel Protection Act of 2009

Official Title

To amend title 46, United States Code, to ensure the traditional right of self-defense of United States mariners against acts of piracy, and for other purposes.


United States Mariner and Vessel Protection Act of 2009 - Shields an owner, operator, time charterer, master, or mariner who uses, or authorizes the use of, force to defend a vessel of the United States against piracy from liability for any resulting injury to or death of any person participating in the piracy. Directs the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to work through the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to establish agreements to promote coordinated action among flag- and port-states to deter, protect against, and rapidly respond to acts of piracy against the vessels of, and in the waters under the jurisdiction of, those nations, and to ensure limitations on liability similar to those established by this Act.

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