Commercial Vessel Compliance

4/7/2016: Vessel requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification System information collection

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The Coast Guard published a final rule announcing today (April 7, 2016) as the effective date for the collection-of-information associated with automatic identification system requirements from a final rule published on January 30, 2015.

The final rule, published on January 30, 2015, amends the applicability of Notice of Arrival (NOA) requirements to include additional vessels, sets forth a mandatory method for electronic submission of NOAs and modifies related reporting content, timeframes and procedures.

It also extends the applicability of Automated Identification System (AIS) requirements beyond Vessel Traffic Service areas to all U.S. navigable waters, and requires that additional commercial vessels install and use AIS, consistent with statutory requirements, and in limited cases, the Secretary’s discretionary authority.

These changes will improve navigation safety, enhance our ability to identify and track vessels and heighten our overall maritime domain awareness, thus helping us address threats to maritime transportation safety and security.

View the Final Rule for full details.

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