Commercial Vessel Compliance

8/31/2015: Implementation of out of the water survival craft – Requirements for commercial vessels

The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 09-15 to ensure awareness of the requirement for owners and operators of small passenger vessels to have an approved survival craft that, “ensures no part of an individual is immersed in water” by February 26, 2016.

MSIB 09-15 provides some general guidance to plan for this requirement. The Coast Guard is also working on developing a more formal policy letter to assist industry and field units with the actual enforcement steps that will be taken.

MSIB 09-15 also provides recommended actions such as:

• Consider how and where the out of water survival craft will be mounted. Consider whether or not structural modifications will require plan review by your local Officer in Charge Marine Inspections.
• Consider how out of water survival craft will be deployed manually and how passengers and crew will egress to the survival craft.
• Consider if the installation may affect the vessel’s approved stability calculations, which in turn may lead to potential changes in the passenger count.
• Consider market demand for out of water survival craft, and plan accordingly for procurement and/or servicing.

View Marine Safety Information Bulletin 09-15 for full details.

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