–Ports and Waterways Safety Act of 1972

captain in wheelhouseDesigned to ensure the safety of ships entering and leaving U.S. ports, the Ports and Waterways Safety Act (PWSA) requires ships to have communication equipment and authorizes the USCG to direct ship traffic if necessary.5

Under the PWSA, the USCG can deny a vessel entry to a U.S. port if that vessel has a history of pollution incidents or discharges any oil or hazardous material in U.S. waters.

5 33 U.S.C. 1228 et seq.