On July 20, 2016, Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) posted a notice about the Marine Safety Information Bulletin 11-16 to provide clarifying information on stopping the development of an Alternate Safety Compliance Program (ASCP), and instead, starting the development of an Enhanced Oversight Program (EOP). Today, the Coast Guard is announcing the release and availability of the “Voluntary Safety Initiatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Vessels.” These good marine practices for older fishing vessels replace the ASCP and EOP voluntary safety guidelines.
2/19/2016: Clarification on survival craft requirements for uninspected commercial fishing industry vessels
The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 04-16 to provide clarifying information on MSIB 02-16 for uninspected commercial fishing vessels.
12/28/2015: Collection of information under review by the Office of Management and Budget – Commercial fishing industry vessel safety regulations
The Coast Guard seeks comment on commercial fishing industry vessel safety regulations.
12/21/2015: VHF-DSC Radio equipment installation requirement for inspected passenger and commercial fishing vessels
The Coast Guard published guidance on how to verify the installation of required VHF radios with digital selective calling capabilities on inspected domestic passenger vessels and commercial fishing vessels as required by January 2016.
The Coast Guard issued a safety alert to address fatigue as a potential causal factor in a number of recent groundings involving uninspected commercial fishing vessels.
The Coast Guard announces the availability of an updated policy letter entitled, “Distant Water Tuna Fleet Vessels Manning Exemption Guidance” to provide revised guidance on procedures for requesting and issuing a Manning Exemption Letter.
The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee will meet in Providence, R.I., September 23 and 24, 2014. These meetings are open to the public.