United States Maritime Commission Law and Legal Definition

The United States Maritime Commission was an independent executive agency of the U.S. Federal government. This Commission was established by the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 to devise a merchant shipbuilding program to equip the United States with a fleet of 500 modern cargo ships. The goal of the Commission was to replace the cargo vessels built during the World War I with new ship designs that were faster, of greater capacity and more energy efficient. The U.S. Marine Commission replaced the U.S. Shipping Board which had existed since World War I. 7.

Reorg. Plan No. 21 of 1950, § 306, abolished the United States Maritime Commission. [5 USCS § 903].