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USE OF LAID-UP FLEET

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON
MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES
U.S. Cara HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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SEVENTY-SIXTH CONGRESS

THIRD SESSION

ON

H. J. Res. 519

JOINT RESOLUTION AMENDING SECTION 510 (g)

OF MERCHANT MARINE ACT, 1936

APRIL 24, 1940

Printed for the use of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries

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COMMITTEE ON MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES

SCHUYLER OTIS BLAND, Virginia, Chairman ROBERT RAMSPECK, Georgia

RICHARD J. WELCH, California AMBROSE J. KENNEDY, Maryland

FRANCIS D. CULKIN, New York MON C. WALLGREN, Washington

GEORGE N. SEGER, New Jersey JOSEPH J. MANSFIELD, Texas

J. C. OLIVER, Maine LINDSAY C. WARREN, North Carolina JOSEPH J. O'BRIEN, New York EUGENE B. CROWE, Indiana

HARRY SANDAGER, Rhode Island EDWARD J. HART, New Jersey

FRED BRADLEY, Michigan
JAMES A. O'LEARY, New York
FRANK W. BOYKIN, Alabama

ANTHONY J. DIMOND, Alaska J. HARDIN PETERSON, Florida

SAMUEL W. KING, Hawaii
JACK NICHOLS, Oklahoma
VINCENT F. HARRINGTON, Iowa
MICHAEL J. KENNEDY, New York

JAMES W. GULICK, Clerk

ELSID N. KEEFER, Assistant Clerk
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! IBRARY OF CONGRESS
JUN 10 1940

DIVISION OF DOCUMENTS

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CONTENTS

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Statement of—

Angell, Hon. Homer D., Representative in Congress from Oregon...

Brown, C. Wharton, Coal Exporters' Association.-

Buck, Hon. Frank H., Representative in Congress from Washington.

Buckley, Herbert, Intercoastal Lumber Distributors Association...

Coffee, Hon. John M., Representative in Congress from Washington.-

Cooley, Gordon, Pacific Egg Producers' Association --

Crothers, J. Alex, American Association of Port Authorities-

Enney, E. E., Coal Exporters' Association.-

Estes, F. F., National Coal Association...

Foerster, Roland, Spreckles Sugar Co...

Gant, Charles H., Board of Harbor Commissioners, Wilmington, Del..

Gasaway, Gerrish, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce-

Geyer, Hon. Lee E., Representative in Congress from California..

Greeley, W. B., West Coast Lumbermen's Association --

Hayes, George V., Pacific Northwest Millers Association..

Ingebretsen, James C., Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce-

Keitz, H. A., Newport News, Va..

Lacey, Edward F., National Industrial Traffic League..

Magnuson, Hon. Warren G., Representative in Congress from Wash-

ington.

Morgan, C. B., Rayonier Co.

Mott, Hon. James W., Representative in Congress from Oregon.-

Owen, R. C., Foote Bros. & Co., Norfolk, Va..

Petersen, Capt. W. J., Pacific American Steamship Association. -

Robinson, Francis H., New York City --

Robinson, Lee, National Lumber Exporters' Association.

Seeley, R. E., Puget Sound Associated Mills.

Shanley, Hon. James A., Representative in Congress from Connecti-

cut..

Smith, H, Sidney, Hiden Storage & Forwarding Co., Newport News,

Va...

Smith, Hon. Martin F., Representative in Congress from Washington.

Stevenson, T. A., Tacoma Chamber of Commerce.

Stone, W. G., transportation and industrial department, Sacramento

Chamber of Commerce.

Taylor, Frank J., American Merchant Marine Institute.

Thompson, H. M., Hampton Roads Maritime Exchange-..

Underwood, Jack, Seattle Chamber of Commerce..

Wagner, H. J., Norfolk Port Traffic Commission.

Statements filed after close of hearing:

Kieckhefer Container Co.

Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities.

Bill, text of

Report of Maritime Commission..

Communications:

Filed by Representative McCormack.

Filed by Representative Williams of Delaware.

Filed by Representative Harter of New York.

Filed by Representative Pfeifer..

From committee's files.

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III

REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF LAID-UP FLEET

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 1940

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES,

Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10 a. m., Hon. Schuyler Otis Bland (chairman) presiding, for consideration of House Joint Resolution 519, which, together with the report thereon, is as follows. There will also be inserted for the information of the Committee the original joint resolution, House Joint Resolution 509.

76TH CONGRESS H. J. RES. 519

3D SESSION

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

APRIL 22, 1940
Mr. Buck introduced the following joint resolution ; which was referred

to the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries

JOINT RESOLUTION
To suspend section 510 (g) of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936,

during the present European war, and for other purposes.
1 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives
2 of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
3 That section 510 (g) of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936,
4 as amended (restricting the use of vessels in the laid-up
5 fleet of the Maritime Commission), is hereby suspended
6 until the proclamation heretofore issued by the President
7 under section 1 (a) of the Neutrality Act of 1939 is
8 revoked.
9 SEC. 2. At any time prior to revocation of the procla-
10 mation heretofore issued by the President under section 1
11 (a) of the Neutrality Act of 1939, all vessels transferred

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1 to the Maritime Commission by the Merchant Marine Act,
2 1936, or otherwise acquired by the Commission (other than
3 vessels constructed under the Merchant Marine Act, 1936)
4 may, notwithstanding any provision of law contrary hereto
5 or inconsistent herewith, be sold or chartered by the Com-
6 mission, upon competitive bids and after due advertisement,
7 upon such terms and conditions (including with respect
8 to charters the charter period) and subject to such restric-
9 tions (including restrictions affecting the use of disposition
10 of the vessel by the purchaser or charterer), as the Com-
11 mission may deem necessary or desirable for the protection
12 of the public interest.

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