Commercial Vessel Compliance

4/28/2015: Notice of decision regarding a load line-exempted route on Lake Michigan

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The Coast Guard has published its decision on a rulemaking petition to allow non-load line river barges to operate between Chicago (Calumet) and Muskegon, Michigan.

In Oct 2013, the Coast Guard received two petitions to establish an exemption that would allow non-LL river barges to transit on Lake Michigan between Chicago (Calumet), Illinois, and Muskegon, Michigan. After reviewing the comments submitted during a 90-day public comment period, and in consideration of other factors, the Coast Guard has decided to deny the petition for reasons explained in the Notice.

View the Federal Register notice for full details.

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