(a) Every vessel operating on the waters of this Territory must be numbered in accordance with the Federal Boat Safety Act, 46 U.S.C.§ 1451 et seq., 33 CFR Parts 173 & 174, and 46 U.S.C. Chapter 123.
(b) No person may operate or give permission to operate any vessel on such waters unless the vessel is numbered in accordance with this chapter, or in accordance with a federally approved numbering system within a state, and unless (1) a certificate of number awarded to such vessel is in full force and effect, and (2) the identifying number set forth in the certificate of number is displayed on each side of the bow of the vessel. This section does not apply to a vessel which has a valid marine document issued by the Bureau of Customs of the United States Government or any federal agency successive thereto.
(c) The owner of any vessel is required to register every year upon expiration of the certificate of numbers on December 31 with the Department of Public Safety. This section does not apply to a vessel which has a valid marine document issued by the Bureau of Customs of the United States Government or any federal agency successive thereto.
(d) Each person using a vessel to which this part applies shall present the certificate of number and shall surrender the certificate in a manner prescribed by the issuing authority within 15 days after it becomes invalid under the following circumstances;
(1) The person whose name appears on the certificate of number as owner of the vessel transfers all of his ownership of the vessel;
(2) The vessel is destroyed or abandoned;
(3) A certificate of number issued authority is invalid if:
(A) The application for the certificate of number contains a false or untrue statement;
(B) The fees for the issuance of the certificate of number are not paid;
(C) A certificate of number is invalid 60 days after the day on which the vessel is no longer principally used in the territorial waters of American Samoa where the certificate was issued.
(a) The certificate of number is invalid when the person whose name appears on the certificate involuntarily loses his interest in the numbered vessel by legal process.
(b) If a certificate of number is lost or destroyed, the person whose names appears on the certificate as the owner may apply for a duplicate certificate by submitting to the issuing authority an application on forms supplied by the issuing authority. Payment of a fee charged for the reissuance must be made before the certificate is issued.
(c) A temporary certificate is valid for not more than 60 days after it is issued by the issuing authority pending the issuance of a certificate of number. A temporary certificate is not valid after the date that the owner receives the official certificate of number from the issuing authority.
(d) Each form for application for a certificate of number must contain the following information:
(1) Name of owner of vessel;
(2) Address of the owner;
(3) State in which vessel is or will be principally used;
(4) The number previously issued by an authority for the vessel, if any;
(5) Whether the application is for a number, renewal of number, or transfer of ownership;
(6) Whether the vessel is used for pleasure, rent or lease, dealer or manufacturer demonstration, commercial passenger carrying, commercial fishing, or other commercial use;
(7) Year vessel was manufactured or model year;
(8) Manufacturer's hull identification number, if any;
(9) Overall length of vessel;
(10) Type of vessel (open, cabin, house, or other);
(11) Whether the hull is wood, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, plastic or other;
(12) Whether the propulsion is inboard, inboard outdrive, sail or other;
(13) Whether the fuel is gasoline, diesel, or other;
(14) The signature of owner;
(b) Each certificate of number must contain the following information;
(1) Number issued to the vessel;
(2) Expiration date of certificate;
(3) State of principal use;
(4) Whether the vessel is used for pleasure, rent or lease, dealer or manufacturer demonstration, commercial passenger carrying, commercial fishing or other commercial use;
(5) Address of owner, including zip code;
(6) Manufacturer's hull identification number if any;
(7) Make of vessel;
(8) Year vessel was manufactured;
(9) Overall length of vessel;
(10) Whether the vessel is an open boat, cabin cruiser, houseboat, or other type;
(11) Hull material; wood, steel, aluminum, fiberglass plastic or others;
(12) Whether the propulsion is inboard, outboard, inboard outboard drive, or sail;
(13) Whether the fuel is gasoline or diesel or other.History: 1966, PL 9-35; 1973, PL 13-7 § 1; amd 1993, PL 23-9.
Amendment: 1973 Amended section generally.