Maritime Education and Training Act Law and Legal Definition

The Maritime Education and Training Act (Act) is a federal legislation providing that the U.S. merchant marine vessels should be operated by highly trained and efficient U.S. citizens. It is codified at 46 USCS Appx § 1295. The Act provides that the U.S. navy and the merchant marine of the U.S. should work closely together to promote the maximum integration of the total sea power forces of the U.S. The Act also authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to take the steps necessary to provide for the education and training of citizens of the U.S., who are capable of providing for a safe and efficient operation of the merchant marine.