Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations sets out all the policies, procedures and rules laid out by the administrative bodies comprising the federal government. These rules and regulations comprise what is known as administrative law. They are detailed in 50 regularly updated titles, which cover a broad range of topics including Federal Elections, Food and Drug, National Defense and Postal Service.

Maritime companies operating and managing commercial vessels are obligated to comply with the U.S. code of federal regulations if they are sailing under the U.S. flag and/or are operating in U.S. waters. The U.S. Coast Guard acts as one of the main enforcement agencies for these regulations. CFR 29, CFR 33, CFR 46, CFR 47, CFR 49 volumes comprise most of the regulations the govern the U.S. maritime industry.