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§ 8-740.1. Ship-to-shore communication device requirements for vessels

West's Annotated Code of MarylandNatural Resources

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Natural Resources
Title 8. Waters (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. State Boat Act (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Natural Resources, § 8-740.1
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 27, § 434
§ 8-740.1. Ship-to-shore communication device requirements for vessels
Ship-to-shore communication device defined
(a) In this section, “ship-to-shore communication device” means a:
(1) Ship-to-shore telephone; or
(2) Another mechanical device that enables the crew and employees on a vessel to establish contact with a person on shore as may be necessary to seek assistance under all reasonable conditions and in an emergency.
Vessels in interstate or foreign commerce
(b) This section does not apply to a vessel in interstate or foreign commerce.
Vessels carrying 25 or more passengers in addition to crew
(c) A person in command or an owner of a vessel may not operate the vessel on the waters of the State while carrying 25 or more paying or guest passengers in addition to the crew and employees unless the vessel is equipped with a ship-to-shore communication device.
Fines and penalties
(d) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $100.


Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 4, eff. Oct. 1, 2002.
Formerly Art. 27, § 434.
MD Code, Natural Resources, § 8-740.1, MD NAT RES § 8-740.1
Current with legislation effective through June 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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