THE INFLUENCE OF THE MERCHANT MARINE ACT OF 1936 ON DEFENSE SHIPPING CAPABILITY-THE LAST 25 YEARS

This paper first provides a brief overview of the history of the American Merchant Marine as an introduction to the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. Those sections of the Act which have been deemed to be major factors in the availability of shipping capability are discussed in summary form to provide the reader with a basic understanding of construction and operating differential subsidies, mortgage guarantees, and tax exempt capital construction funds. The implementation of these provisions is then discussed, beginning with the MARINER Building Program and followed by the Cargo Ship Replacement Program and the Bulk Carrier Construction Program. The recent history of the Act is then traced to present an indication of the numerical impact of certain programs. The present status of the U.S. Merchant Fleet, with respect to its share of U.S. foreign trade, is finally discussed as one indicator of the level of defense shipping capacity now available.

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    American Society of Naval Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Kiss, R K
  • Publication Date: 1977-4

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  • Accession Number: 00157855
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Naval Engineers Journal
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1977 12:00AM