118 STAT. 1056 PUBLIC LAW 108–293—AUG. 9, 2004 ‘‘(ii) oil, petroleum products, petrochemicals, or liquefied natural gas cargo not beneficially owned by the person who submits to the Secretary an application or an annual certification under paragraph (3), or by an affiliate of such person, but that is carried in coast wise trade by a vessel owned by such person and which is part of an arrangement in which vessels owned by such person and at least one other person are operated collectively as one fleet, to the extent that an equal amount of oil, petroleum products, petro chemicals, or liquefied natural gas cargo beneficially owned by such person, or an affiliate of such person, is carried in coastwise trade on 1 or more other vessels, not owned by such person, or an affiliate of such per son, if such other vessel or vessels are also part of the same arrangement; ‘‘(iii) in the case of a towing vessel associated with a non self propelled tank vessel where the 2 vessels function as a single self propelled vessel, oil, petroleum products, petrochemicals, or liquefied natural gas cargo that is beneficially owned by the person who owns both such towing vessel and the non self propelled tank vessel, or any United States affiliate of such person, immediately before, during, or immediately after such cargo is carried in coastwise trade on either of the 2 vessels; or ‘‘(iv) any oil, petroleum products, petrochemicals, or liquefied natural gas cargo carried on any vessel that is either a self propelled tank vessel having a length of at least 210 meters or a tank vessel that is a liquefied natural gas carrier that— ‘‘(I) was delivered by the builder of such vessel to the owner of such vessel after December 31, 1999; and ‘‘(II) was purchased by a person for the pur pose, and with the reasonable expectation, of trans porting on such vessel liquefied natural gas or unrefined petroleum beneficially owned by the owner of such vessel, or an affiliate of such owner, from Alaska to the continental United States. ‘‘(F) UNITED STATES AFFILIATE.—The term ‘United States affiliate’ means, with respect to any person, an affiliate the principal place of business of which is located in the United States.’’. (b) TREATMENT OF OWNER OF CERTAIN VESSELS.— (1) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person shall be treated as a citizen of the United States under section 12102(a) of title 46, United States Code, section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916 (46 U.S.C. App. 802), and section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 (46 U.S.C. App. 883), for purposes of issuance of a coastwise endorsement under section 12106(e) of title 46, United States Code (as that section was in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act), for a vessel owned by the person on the date of enactment of this Act, or any replacement vessel of a similar size and function, if the person— 46 USC 12106 note.
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