Not later than April 1, 2007, the Secretary shall, consistent with international treaties, conventions, and agreements to which the United States is a party, develop and implement a long-range automated vessel tracking system for all vessels in United States waters that are equipped with the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System or equivalent satellite technology. The system shall be designed to provide the Secretary the capability of receiving information on vessel positions at interval positions appropriate to deter transportation security incidents. The Secretary may use existing maritime organizations to collect and monitor tracking information under the system.
2006—Pub. L. 109–347, in first sentence, substituted "Not later than April 1, 2007, the Secretary" for "The Secretary".
2004—Pub. L. 108–293, in first sentence, substituted "shall, consistent with international treaties, conventions, and agreements to which the United States is a party," for "may".
Pub. L. 109–347, title I, §107(b), Oct. 13, 2006, 120 Stat. 1891, provided that: "The Secretary [of Homeland Security] may issue regulations to establish a voluntary long-range automated vessel tracking system for vessels described in section 70115 of title 46, United States Code, during the period before regulations are issued under such section."Long-Range Vessel Tracking System
Pub. L. 109–241, title IV, §404, July 11, 2006, 120 Stat. 535, provided that:
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