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1/20/2017: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Marine Casualty Reporting Property Damage Thresholds

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The Coast Guard proposes to amend the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty, and for reporting a type of marine casualty called a “serious marine incident” (SMI).

The initial regulations setting these dollar threshold amounts were promulgated in the early 1980s and they have not been updated. Because the monetary thresholds for reporting have not kept pace with inflation, relatively minor casualties must be reported.

Additionally, the regulations require mandatory drug and alcohol testing following an SMI; consequently, testing is being conducted for casualties that are less significant than those intended to be captured by the original regulations. Updating the regulations will reduce the burden on vessel owners and operators, and will also reduce the amount of Coast Guard resources expended to investigate these incidents.

Comments and related material on this proposed rulemaking must be submitted by March 24, 2017.

For additional details, please view the entire notice of proposed rulemaking on the Federal Register.

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