The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published Work Instruction CVC-WI-025(1), “Risk Based Fishing Vessel Exam Program,” Aug. 21, 2020. This work instruction outlines Coast Guard initiatives to promote increased safety within the commercial fishing industry on vessels viewed as high-risk.
More frequent fishing vessel safety examinations of firefighting, lifesaving, and other safety systems on vessels that have a higher probability of being in a marine casualty will help reduce the risk that these vessels may pose to people and the environment. This work instruction leverages Coast Guard assets to urge the owners and operators of at-risk fishing vessels to complete a dockside exam every 2 years.
Questions related to this work instruction should be directed to the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Fishing Vessel Safety Division (CG-CVC-3) at CGFishSafe@uscg.mil.
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