- Fishing Vessels

10/20/2015: Clarification of mandatory safety exams for commercial fishing vessels

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin, or MSIB, 12-15 to provide clarification about the five-year mandatory dockside safety exam that applies to many commercial fishing vessels.

Effective October 15, 2015, law requires completion of a mandatory dockside safety exam on certain CFVs at least once every five years.

Please read MSIB 12-15 for full details and information on:

  • CFVs affected by the exam requirement
  • Exam date requirements
  • Compliance determination
  • Certificate of Compliance
  • Voluntary exams
  • How to request a dockside safety exam

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