MARAD Small Vessel Waiver Application


This collection of information is required to obtain a waiver of the U.S.-build and other requirements of the Passenger Services Act (46 U.S.C. 55103) and will be used by the Maritime Administration to determine if the applicant is entitled to a waiver.

It is now possible for certain foreign-built vessels, or vessels with no documentation, to gain a waiver of the U.S.-build requirement in order to conduct limited commercial passenger operations in the United States. Some restrictions apply. Once a waiver is obtained, it becomes part of the vessel’s documentation and stays with the vessel if it is sold.