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5/9/2016: Interim rule and request for comments – Cargo securing manuals

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The Coast Guard is issuing an interim rule to require U.S. and foreign self-propelled cargo vessels of 500 gross tons or more, traveling on international voyages and carrying cargo that is other than solid or liquid bulk cargo, to have cargo securing manuals (CSM) on board.

The rule also requires those vessels to comply with certain provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea authorizes recognized classification societies or other approval authorities to review and approve CSMs on behalf of the Coast Guard and prescribes when and how the loss or jettisoning of cargo at sea must be reported.

The Coast Guard requests public comment on its intention to extend, in a subsequent final rule, this interim rule’s requirement for vessel CSMs to self-propelled cargo vessels under 500 gross tons, if these vessels carry dangerous goods in packaged form on international voyages.

This interim rule is effective June 8, 2016. Comments must be received by August 8, 2016.

For more information, please view the entire Federal Register notice.

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