As used in this part:

(a) [Reserved]

(b) Issuing authority means a State that has a numberingsystem approved by the Coast Guard or the Coast Guard where a numbersystem has not been approved. Issuing authorities are listed inAppendix A of this part.

(c) Operator means the person who is in control or in chargeof a vessel while it is in use.

(d) Owner means a person who claims lawful possession of avessel by virtue of legal title or equitable interest therein whichentitles him to such possession.

(e) Person means an individual, firm, partnership,corporation, company, association, joint-stock association, orgovernmental entity and includes a trustee, receiver, assignee, orsimilar representative of any of them.

(f) Reporting authority means a State that has a numberingsystem approved by the Coast Guard or the Coast Guard where anumbering system has not been approved. Reporting authorities arelisted in Appendix A of this part.

(g) State means a State of the United States, theCommonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa,the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District ofColumbia.

(h) State of principal use means the State on whose waters avessel is used or to be used most during a calendar year.

(i) Use means operate, navigate, or employ.

[CGD 72-54R, 37 FR 21399, Oct. 7, 1972, as amended byCGD 77-117A, 43 FR 17941, Apr. 27, 1978; CGD 89-048, 54FR 2702, June 27, 1989; USCG-2008-0179, 73 FR 35024,June 19, 2008]