- Fishing Vessels

6/21/2016: Commercial fishing vessels – Implementation of 2010 and 2012 legislation

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Today, the Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published a notice of proposed rulemaking for commercial fishing vessels to promote maritime safety. The rule proposes to align commercial fishing industry vessel regulations with the mandatory provisions passed by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 and the 2012 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act.

The proposed rule would take no action with respect to the new alternative safety compliance program that is subject to future regulatory action.

The proposed rule alignments would change mandated action with respect to the following topics:

  • Vessel parity
  • Substitution of baseline for Boundary Line criteria
  • Survival craft
  • Records
  • Vessel examinations
  • Training
  • Construction standards for smaller vessels
  • Load lines
  • Classing of vessels
  • Termination of unsafe operations


The Coast Guard encourages the public to submit comments, and any comments must be received no later than Sept. 19, 2016.

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

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