(a) Each OSV must by statute, or by regulations in this subchapter, have certain logbooks
or records. The master shall make all entries required by statute, or by regulations in this
(b)46 U.S.C. 11301 states that a vessel of the United States, except one on a voyage from a port in
the United States to a port in Canada, shall have an official logbook if the vessel
(1) On a voyage from a port in the United States to a foreign port; or
(2) Of at least 100 gross tons and on a voyage between a port in the United States on
the Atlantic Ocean and one on the Pacific Ocean.
(c) The Coast Guard gratuitously furnishes to masters of vessels of the United States
the official logbook as Form CG–706B or CG–706C, depending upon the number of persons
employed as crew. The first several pages of this logbook list various acts of Congress governing
logbooks and the entries required in them.
(d) When a voyage is completed, or after a specified time has elapsed, the master shall
file the official logbook containing required entries with the OCMI at or nearest
the port where the vessel may be.
(e) Unless an official logbook is required, the owner, operator, or master shall supply
an alternative log or record for making entries required by law, including regulations
in this subchapter. This log or record need not be filed with this OCMI, but must be kept available
for review by a marine inspector for a year after the date that the latest entry concerns.
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