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112 STAT. 3446 PUBLIC LAW 105-383 —NOV. 13, 1998 46 USC 12106 note. 46 USC 12106 note. 46 USC 12106 note. U.S.C. App. 883), the Secretary of Transportation may issue a certificate of documentation with appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade as a small passenger vessel or an uninspected passenger vessel for an eligible vessel authorized to carry no more than 12 passengers for hire if the Secretary, after notice and an opportunity for public comment, determines that the employment of the vessel in the coastwise trade will not adversely affect— (1) United States vessel builders; or (2) the coastwise trade business of any person who employs vessels built in the United States in that business. SEC. 503. REVOCATION. The Secretary may revoke an endorsement issued under section 502, after notice and an opportunity for public comment, if the Secretary determines that the employment of the vessel in the coastwise trade has substantially changed since the issuance of the endorsement, and— (1) the vessel is employed other than as a small passenger vessel or an uninspected passenger vessel; or (2) the employment of the vessel adversely affects— (A) United States vessel builders; or (B) the coastwise trade business of any person who employs vessels built in the United States. SEC. 504. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) SECRETARY,—The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Transportation, (2) ELIGIBLE VESSEL.— The term "eligible vessel" means a vessel that— (A) was not built in the United States and is at least 3 years of age; or (B) if rebuilt, was rebuilt outside the United States at least 3 years before the certification requested under section 502, if granted, would take effect. (3) SMALL PASSENGER VESSEL; UNINSPECTED PASSENGER VESSEL; PASSENGER FOR HIRE. —The terms "small passenger vessel", "uninspected passenger vessel", and "passenger for hire" have the meaning given such terms by section 2101 of title 46, United States Code. SEC. 505. SUNSET. (a) IN GENERAL. —Subject to subsection (b), this title (other than this section) shall have no force or effect on or after September 30, 2002. (b) ENDORSEMENTS CONTINUE.— Any certificate or endorsement issued under section 502 before the date referred to in subsection (a) of this section shall continue in effect until otherwise invalidated or revoked under chapter 121 of title 46, United States Code.