Panama Canal Tolls. Hearing Before a Subcommittee ... on H.R. 1399 ... January 24, 1935

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Page 13 - The existence of dissimilar rules in different countries and at different canals for the measurement of vessels is illogical and results in unnecessary burdens upon shipping. Many vessels are now obliged to provide themselves with several tonnage certificates. A vessel launched in an American shipyard, for instance, will need to have, in addition to its tonnage certificate made out in accordance with the requirements of the statutes of the United States, a Panama tonnage certificate, a Suez certificate,...
Page 14 - The statistics of navigation would be rendered more simple, intelligible, and accurate. The merchant or shipowner would at once understand the size and capacity of the ships he employs or purchases ; he would also escape the annoyance and expense of remeasurement ; and, lastly, taxation, when imposed, would be rendered more simple and more just. Under these circumstances, there can be but one opinion as to the utility, if not the necessity, of some general system of measuring merchant shipping.
Page 13 - If one eyetem could be adopted by all maritime nations, so that the capacity of any given ehip, when once officially ascertained and denoted on her official papers, could be everywhere understood and recognized as valid, the advantages gained would be very great. The statistics of navigation would be rendered more simple, intelligible, and accurate. The merchant or shipowner would at once understand the size and capacity of the ships he employe or purchases; he would also escape the annoyance and...
Page 11 - In this connection. I would like to put in the record a reference to a letter from the Director of the Bureau of Navigation of th& Department of Commerce, which, if I may.

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