A Pocket Guide to the MARAD Waiver

MARAD Waiver

Did you come into possession of a foreign-built vessel that you want to use to make some money here in America? Are you unsure of what you can do with it and how you can go about getting into compliance with the powers that be? As you most likely know, documented vessels have to be built in America. However, there is a waiver. Specifically, the MARAD Waiver makes it possible for you to use the vessel in some circumstances.

This is just one of the many different forms that we offer on our site. Since the beginning, the United States Government has implemented regulations designed to safeguard local boating businesses and prioritize American interests. This waiver makes it possible for you to get around that and use your vessel how you would like. 

How it Started: The Merchant Marine Act of 1920

In 1920, the U.S. government passed the “Merchant Marine Act.” This landmark legislation regulated maritime commerce within American waters and between American ports. The objectives were to grow foreign and domestic commerce all while having a merchant marine that could benefit national defense as well. 

Integral to the Merchant Marine Act was Section 27, commonly known as the Jones Act. This provision stipulated that goods transported by water between American ports must be carried by U.S. ships. 

However, the Jones Act empowered the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to waive this requirement under specific circumstances. This waiver, known as the Small Vessel Marad Waiver, is instrumental in facilitating the smooth navigation of trade routes for certain vessels.

This is what we can help you with. At our site, we make it easier than ever to apply for this waiver. 

Eligibility Criteria for the Small Vessel Marad Waiver

To qualify for the Small Vessel Marad Waiver, vessels must meet specific criteria. The vessel must be at least three years old and owned by a U.S. citizen. 

In terms of vessel use, you can only use it to transport passengers. That’s it. You can’t use it for salvage, for commercial fishing, or anything of that nature. Moreover, you can’t use it to transport a lot of passengers, either. You can transport up to 12, maximum, at one time. 

Streamlined Application Process for the MARAD Waiver 

You can apply for this waiver through our site. You can do so at any time in just a matter of minutes. Whether you’re on your phone, laptop, desktop, or anything else, applying for this waiver is simple to do through our site. 

As we specialize in processing various types of U.S. Coast Guard documentation, we ensure that your application is error-free, eliminating potential delays in obtaining the necessary paperwork. Our online platform allows you to complete the application from the comfort of your home, avoiding the inconvenience of traditional mail submissions.

MARAD Waiver
Once You’ve Secured Your Waiver 

Many, once they’ve successfully received their waiver, then apply for initial documentation. You can do that through our site as well. Indeed, you can find just about all of the forms that you’ll need to comply with our site. To see how we can help, click here.