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The Coast Guard has announced in the Federal Register the availability of CG-OES Policy Letter 02-20, Commercial Diving Operations—Equivalent Levels of Safety. This policy letter provides guidance on Coast Guard acceptance of certain industry-recognized standards for commercial diving operations as providing a level of safety that is equivalent to the requirements contained in Coast Guard regulations.
In summary, CG-OES Policy Letter 02-20 provides that the Coast Guard considers commercial diving operations being performed in accordance with ADCI International Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations, edition 6.3 (2016)  and IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving (IMCA D Start Printed Page 68354014 Version 2 (Nov 2019)  to provide a level of safety equivalent to the commercial diving regulations found in 46 CFR 197.300 through 197.462, which cover equipment, operations, diving mode procedures, periodic tests and inspections. Compliance with 46 CFR 197.480 through 197.488 is still required.
If you have questions or feedback related to this policy, contact Mr. Ken A. Smith, Vessel and Facility Operating Standards Division (CG-OES-2), Coast Guard; telephone 202-372-1413, email Ken.A.Smith@uscg.mil.
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