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2/11/2015: Marine vapor control systems; correction

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The Coast Guard published a notice correcting a final regulation that contained errors which may have been misleading. This correcting amendment is for the final rule on Marine Vapor Control Systems, or VCS, published on July 16, 2013.

The final regulations that are the subject of these corrections affect persons who wish to serve as persons in charge of VCS certification, and the applicability of VCS recertification requirements.

In 33 CFR 154.2010 (g), the current wording inadvertently limits the class of persons who may serve as a person in charge of VCS certification to persons who were licensed as professional engineers on or before August 15, 2014. With the passage of time, the current wording thus would prevent the entry of younger persons into VCS certification. This was not the intention.

The Federal Register correction clarifies that a professional engineering license of any date is acceptable for purposes of paragraph (g), but that for persons wishing to be in charge of VCS certification, but not licensed as professional engineers on August 15, 2013, they had one year from that date to obtain their licenses.

View the Federal Register correcting amendment for full details.

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