- Cargo & Facilities

12/29/2014: Seafarers’ access to maritime facilities

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The Coast Guard published a proposed rule to the Federal Register which would require each owner or operator of a facility, regulated by the Coast Guard, to implement a system that provides seafarers and other individuals with access between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate, in a timely manner and at no cost to the seafarer or other individual.

Generally, transiting through a facility is the only way that a seafarer, or other individual, can egress to shore beyond the facility to access basic shoreside businesses and services, and meet with family members and other personnel that do not hold a Transportation Worker Identification Credential.

This proposed rule would help to ensure that no facility owner or operator denies or makes it impractical for seafarers or other individuals to transit through the facility, and would require them to document their access procedures in their Facility Security Plans. This proposed rule would implement section 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010.

Comments must be submitted on or before February 27, 2015.

The Coast Guard will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC to solicit comments January 23, 2015. The deadline to reserve a seat is January 16, 2015.

View the Federal Register notice to read the full proposed rule.

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