The Model Maritime Service Code

This article discusses the United States Coast Guard's Maritime Service Code as a tool used in advancing international outreach. Because maritime issues are constantly evolving, especially as both piracy and terrorism have recently emerged as threats, strongly enforced international maritime laws have become more necessary than ever for all maritime countries. To aid in developing adequate laws, the Coast Guard's Office of the Judge Advocate General and Office of Maritime and International Law established (in 1994) the Model Maritime Service Code. The model code provides a foundation that addresses maritime safety and concerns. These include: 1) protecting the rights of mariners, 2) effectively ensuring the flow of goods in global commerce, and 3) protecting and preserving the marine environment, including “living marine resources.” The article discusses in detail the model code's physical arrangement, as well as how it is used and its relevance to international law. The most recent edition of the model code, published in 2008, incorporates domestic and international law developments that have occurred since the 1995 first edition. The revision takes into account the events of September 11, 2001 by adding a section devoted to countries developing their own legislative texts, designed to better secure and protect ship and port facilities.


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  • Accession Number: 01145994
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 2009 10:16AM